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New diaconate formation class to begin
Jan. 24, 2017, By Father Michael Sweeney, OP
In September we will welcome a new class of aspirants to the permanent diaconate for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Men who are interested in discerning a call to the diaconate are invited to attend a presentation at St. Mary’s Cathedral from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. ...

Sulpician order to depart St. Patrick’s Seminary after 118 years
Oct. 25, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz/Catholic San Francisco
 After 118 years, the society of diocesan priests who have administered and taught at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University will withdraw completely from the seminary at the end of this academic year.

Women religious of archdiocese celebrate jubilees
Oct. 3, 2016
Sister Romona Nowak, OP, 50 years, served as chaplain at Seton Medical Center, Daly City, and at St. Patrick Seminary & University in Menlo Park as associate director of field education. She now lives and serves in Detroit.   

Clergy appointments announced
Sep. 12, 2016
Father Raymund Reyes, vicar for clergy, has announced the following appointments effective July 1, 2016, except as noted.

Archbishop announces clergy assignments
Jun. 7, 2016
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone on May 25 announced the fourth installment of clergy assignments, effective July 1, 2016, unless otherwise noted. Additional appointments may still be forthcoming. 

Clergy appointments announced
Apr. 12, 2016
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone announced the following clergy assignments effective July 1, 2016, except as noted.  

Clergy assignments announced
Jan. 12, 2016
Archbishop Cordileone announced the following assignments. Some were announced previously.  

First San Francisco archbishop was a Dominican
Nov. 3, 2015
The first archbishop of the newly created Archdiocese of San Francisco in the U.S. territory of California was a Spanish Dominican, Joseph Sadoc Alemany, whose “evangelical poverty” amid the excesses of the Gold Rush included living in a little two room metal shack ...

18 men studying for priesthood in archdiocese, including 5 who enrolled this year
Nov. 3, 2015, By Valerie Schmalz
This year there are 18 men studying for the priesthood for the Archdiocese of San Francisco at St. Patrick Seminary & University, five of them enrolled just this year. The number of seminarians is heartening, said archdiocesan vocations director Father David Schunk: ...

New study highlights family influences on religious vocations
Nov. 3, 2015, By Valerie Schmalz
Father Angel Quitalig didn’t learn until after he was ordained that his father had started praying specially for him right after his younger self called his parents to notify them he was leaving seminary studies.  

Major findings of national study
Nov. 3, 2015
 Here are the major findings of the “2015 NRVC/CARA Study on the Role of the Family in Nurturing Vocations.”  

Notre Dame Sisters celebrate jubilees
Oct. 6, 2015
Sister Helen Dugan, SNDdeN: A native San Franciscan, Sister Helen taught in schools in cities including Belmont, San Jose, Santa Clara and Santa Barbara and more recently served at John XXIII Senior Center in San Jose. She is grateful for her Notre Dame family she says, as ...

‘Entering into the desert’: St. Dominic parishioner called to monastic life
Sep. 22, 2015
St. Dominic parishioner Lise Faus is entering the Dominican Nuns of Corpus Christi Monastery in Menlo Park, a story parochial vicar Dominican Father Isaiah Mary Molano covered in an interview posted on the St. Dominic blog Aug. 26 at ...

San Francisco Presentation Sisters celebrate jubilees
Jul. 21, 2015
Sisters of the Presentation celebrated jubilees marking significant milestones as women religious at a community celebration July 12 at Presentation Retreat Center in Los Gatos.

Men, women religious celebrate jubilees
Jul. 8, 2015
Sister Karen Mary Conover, BVM is celebrating 50 years in religious life entering July 31, 1965. Sister Karen was a secondary school music and chemistry teacher at St. Paul High School, San Francisco, where she also served in campus/youth ministry and as vice principal. She ...

Father Jimenez: Vocation sparked by his students’ slaying in Oakland
Nov. 5, 2014, By Valerie Schmalz
When two of his middle school science students were killed “hanging out on a Friday night” in Oakland, John Jimenez made a radical decision. He decided to become a priest.

Young woman trades one vocation for another of a higher order
Nov. 5, 2014, By Christina Gray
Laryn Kovalik, a skilled medical artist who spends her weekdays designing ocular prosthetics for the blind or partially blind, saw her own life through new eyes after a chance encounter brought her to the doors of the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity residence in San ...






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