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Developing a spirituality of the diocesan priesthood
centered on Spiritual Fatherhood

Spirituality Program

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Daily Mass

Daily mass is the center of community life and grounds all the other activities. 

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Spirituality Summer

The silence of the 30 Day Ignatian Exercises allows seminarians to learn the art of contemplation.

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Liturgy of the Hours

The community gathers daily in the morning and evening to recite the Liturgy of the Hours. 

"Seminarians are called to develop the spirituality of a diocesan priest, which is characterized by selfless dedication to the ecclesiastical circumscription to which they belong, or to the one in which in fact they will exercise ministry, for the diocesan priest is the shepherd and servant of all in a specific context"

Ratio Fundamentalis
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Spiritual Theology

Seminarian are immersed in the tradition of Catholic spirituality in a rigorous academic setting.


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Spiritual Direction

Seminarians meet regularly with a spiritual director to discern God’s will for their lives and deepen their relationship with him.


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Spirituality Conferences

Authorities on the spiritual life are regularly brought in to lead conferences and days of recollection


Six pillars of a diocesan priestly spirituality

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Eucharistic Adoration

The Eucharist is the center of life at the seminary, and adoration is a vital aspect of nurturing that life.


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The Rosary

Seminarians are encouraged to deepen their relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary through frequent recitation of the Rosary.


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Private Prayer

The private interior dialogue with God, fostered by private prayer, is a vital aspect of the spiritual life. 


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St. Patrick’s Seminary & University
320 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park CA 94025 
(650) 325-5621