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Archdiocese Names New President-Rector of St. Patrick’s Seminary & University

by Archdiocese of San Francisco | Feb 16, 2017

Schultze, Fr. GeorgeThe Archdiocese of San Francisco announces that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Chancellor of the Board of Trustees of St. Patrick’s Seminary & University, has appointed Rev. George E. Schultze, S.J. as President-Rector and Vice Chancellor effective July 1, 2017.

The Search Committee, under the leadership of Bishop Thomas Daly, Bishop of Spokane and former President-Rector of St. Patrick’s Seminary & University, reviewed many priests with teaching and administrative experience in seminaries from across the United States.  After a thorough search, the Committee recommended Father Schultze to the Archbishop, who in turn consulted the Board of Trustees.  Having received their enthusiastic recommendation at the meeting of the full Board of Trustees, he appointed Father Schultze, S.J, as President-Rector.

Fr. Schultze has been at St. Patrick’s since 2005, serving on the Seminary faculty, holding various administrative positions and serving as spiritual director.  Prior to this he was on the faculty and staff of the University of San Francisco College of Professional Studies for six years.  His undergraduate work at Cornell University was in Industrial and Labor Relations and he has advanced degrees in business, philosophy, theology and social ethics.

Fr. Schultze is a Mountain View native and entered the California Province of the Society of Jesus in 1984.  He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of the East Bay and directs Ignatian Retreats at the Jesuit Retreat Center and at the Seminary.

At the same time, the Archbishop appointed as Vice-rector Rev. Daniel Donohoo.  Fr. Donohoo is an alumnus of the Seminary and has been on its faculty since 2013.  He also has served in several administrative roles there and is currently Dean of Men.  Fr. Donohoo is a diocesan priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and served there as pastor of a number of parishes.

After receiving a gift of 83 acres of land in Menlo Park, California, St. Patrick’s Seminary & University was established and opened in 1898 by then San Francisco Archbishop Riordan.  There are currently seminarians in formation from throughout California, Nevada, the Northwest and Hawaii.

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