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Seminarians traveling to Serra canonization

September 11, 2015

Seventeen of the 18 archdiocesan seminarians in training for the priesthood at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in Menlo Park will travel to Washington, D.C., to be part of the canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra, Father David Schunk, archdiocesan vocations director, told Catholic San Francisco.

The seminarians will be seated inside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception during the outdoor Mass Sept. 23, joining seminarians from throughout the United States. The pope will greet the seminarians and may speak to them, Father Schunk said.

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone is expected to celebrate Mass at the basilica Sept. 24 with the seminarians and with pilgrims from the archdiocesan Spanish-speaking community.

During the trip the seminarians also will travel to Baltimore, Maryland, to tour the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Baltimore’s original cathedral; the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, Maryland; and the historic Carmelite monastery in Port Tobacco, Maryland.


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