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500-plus guests honor Serra Clubs at seminary gala

October 1, 2015
Tom Burke

More than 500 guests came together Sept. 19 on St. Patrick’s Seminary  & University campus for prayer, dinner and recognition of the Serra Clubs of the Greater Bay Area for their work in encouraging and supporting vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The evening began with vespers, seminary rector Sulpician Father Gladstone Stevens presiding. More than 50 seminarians were also part of the evening as acolytes for vespers, bartenders, and providing musical entertainment.

“The ongoing support of the Serra Clubs is a blessing to our seminary and to the dioceses where our seminarians will one day serve as priests, bringing Christ to the people,” the seminary said in the event program.

“I anticipate that this evening will be an enjoyable time to renew our shared dedication to the mission of this seminary,” Father Stevens said in a letter printed in the program.

Opportunities to further the seminary cause through auction of donated items was also a success. A dinner with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who led grace before dinner, brought a winning bid of $3,000. Dinners with Father Stevens and former San Francisco archbishops Cardinal William J. Levada and Archbishop George Niederauer also brought generous sums.

The seminary was founded in 1898. Currently 16 men are in formation for the priesthood for the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

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