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Seminaries

The Archdiocese uses two seminaries for the formation of priests.

St. Patrick's Seminary and University

St. Patrick SeminarySt. Patrick’s Seminary and University has been the seminary of the Archdiocese of San Francisco for over one hundred years in Menlo Park, California. Throughout its history, it has prepared more than 2,000 priests who are serving or have served the people of God in the western United States and the Pacific Rim. The seminary is fully accredited as a graduate educational institution by the Association of Theological Schools, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and the Congregation for Catholic Education in Rome.

The Archdiocese sends men to St. Patrick’s to prepare for the priesthood at the theological and pre-theology levels. The annual discernment retreat is also held in January at St. Patrick’s with men attending from a number of dioceses in the west.

St. Patrick's Seminary and University website

Mount Angel Seminary

Aerial view, Mt. Angel SeminaryLocated in St. Benedict, Oregon, Mount Angel Seminary is sponsored by the Benedictine monks of Mt. Angel Abbey. Since 1889, Mount Angel has sent thousands of priests to serve more than 11 million Catholics in nearly 100 dioceses and religious communities throughout the United States and around the world. The school is the oldest seminary in the Western United States, and the only seminary in the West that offers both a college and a graduate school of theology. Today, Mount Angel is home to more than 150 seminarians from 23 dioceses and 5 religious communities.

The Archdiocese sends men to Mt. Angel Seminary to study at the college level and complete a bachelor’s degree. This includes men who graduate from high school and men who have not yet completed a bachelor’s degree. Though smaller than most colleges, Mt. Angel has many of the activities found in college life including basketball and soccer teams.

Mount Angel Seminary website

 
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