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A Brief History

Saint Joseph's College seminary began as a part of Saint Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, California, in 1898 where candidates for the Catholic priesthood were educated in a 12–year seminary program. Due to considerable expansion in the early part of the last century, Saint Joseph's College was built and opened as a separate school in 1924 in the foothills of Mountain View-Cupertino, California. The program included the four years of high school plus the first two years of college education, preparing candidates for admission to the major seminary at St. Patrick's.

The college was placed under the direction of the Sulpician Fathers, a society founded in Paris, France, and specially organized for training of aspirants to the priesthood. St. Joseph's grew to become one of the largest college seminaries in the United States. In 1968, St. Joseph's assumed responsibility for the four years of high school and four years of college. The high school program was discontinued in 1980. The Saint Joseph's College seminary became a part of the newly formed Diocese of San Jose in 1981. The seminary buildings were damaged beyond repair by the Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989. Students and faculty relocated to a commercial building in Santa Clara for a while, but the local bishop decided to close the college on June 30, 1991.

Alumni News and Events:

New updates added on: 4/24/2018
For details, see below

Our annual Alumni Day is on the horizon. It will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018. The R'1958, HS'1968, 1973 C and HS, 1978 C and HS anniversary classes have already made some good progress contacting their alumni. We expect a very good turnout. The co-chairs for this year's event are Don Carroll and Peter Franzi.
To see an information page (click here - 2018)

4988 students were educated, influenced and inspired by the Sulpician Fathers at the Saint Joseph's Seminary College, 1920 - 1994. A 4 page tribute has been created in honor of our teachers. Using numerous photographs and a year-by-year enrollment summary you will appreciate the work of these dedicated men. Enjoy!
To see the Sulpician 4 page tribute (click here - Sulp)

News Items...

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Bears of 1952

Bob Gorman loaned this 1952 picture to me to scan and add to our web site collection. To see the enlarged picture, and the names written on the back, (click here - 1952 Bears)






Many photographs were added to our website's Photo Gallery in 2013. Click on the button at the top of this page and explore the various picture folders.
We begin this new year by adding some class graduation picture plates. I have scanned 5 years: 1951, 1957, 1959, 1960 and 1961. I placed this collection near the top of the Photo Gallery.
We now have approximately 950 total pictures in the Photo Gallery.
In additiion, There are many more photographs on other pages at this website. They reside behind the buttons, mouse clicks and locations waiting to be explored. Too many to count - except that I do know that the slide show (above) contains 37 pictures.
Enjoy!

SemNet: This is a valuable resource for us former seminarians. SemNet is not an internet location or a website; It is an e-mail hub of activity. As its name states, is it a network - and a marvelous one too. Former classmates have been writing and distributing e-mail messages about their halcyon days at St. Joseph's on this SemNet, plus some news and commentaries about current events. So you don't go to the SemNet; it comes to you (via e-mail). All you have to do is subscribe to it by contacting Tom Sheehan. He will want your class year, your team affiliation, and your laundry number. Easy!

A Brief History of the Alumni Association, by Don Carroll, R'58, was written to commemorate the 25th anniversary of our Association (click here to read this interesting story)

For a list of our honored Alumni Of The Year, 2000 through 2012  (click here) It's not current; I will update this page soon. To hear about and experience the 2014 awards, come to our Alumni Day on 4/26/2014.

To see a complete list of our current Alumni Board members   (click here) or click on the "Message from our president" below.

The Alumni Association Board has written a statement regarding sexual abuse and fairness for priests:  (to see this statement, click here)

Other class websites

The class of 1961, while preparing for their Alumni Day celebration in 2011, gave us a beautiful artifact. Paul Feyen and his classmates constructed special website with memorabilia that all of us former students can enjoy. Just click here on: www.sjcrhetclass61.com and enjoy browsing!
Another interesting web site wase created by the class of 1957. This class also gathered some fascinating memorabilia from their years at Saint Joseph's College. This can be seen at www.sjc57.com
Two other classes, 1958 and 1962, once had websites. These no longer appear to be working. If I am wrong, will somebody please let me know? Thanks.

Testing 1..2..3..

I am experimenting with our school website being able to link into some video material. For starters, lets try these three. Each video should pop up in a separate window, which you can close when you are done viewing. Enjoy!
Greg McAllister, R'61 has sent a link to the class of 1961 reunion video. It is titled "The boys who would be Priests" and is delightful to view. Plus, it brings back plenty of memories. One side effect is that this video will cause some of us former students to ponder the the impact of seminary life upon our own journey. It runs about 14 minutes. Enjoy! Just click on: 1961 Class reunion video

Fr. Maurice O'Neil gives a tour of St. Joseph's College after the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 destroyed our school. Mark Mosher, C'1983, sent this video in two parts. Click on: Fr. O'Neil tour, part 1 (15 minutes) and then Fr. O'Neil tour, part 2 (12 minutes) These videos provide a very detailed look at a lot of rooms in their damaged state, plus many exterior views too. Commentary is provided by Fr. Maurice O'Neil. It is kind of sad to watch, but you can certainly see how much Fr. O'Neil loved the place.

Thank you Greg, and thank you Mark! You two have inspired me to learn some new website stuff (videos).

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President A Message From Our President

Website updates, recent history details:
1/6/2018 updates :
Contacts (button) page: Removed Jim Murphy (with a quiet prayer); Inserted Don Carroll and Tom Dillon.
Calendar (button) page: Updated the dates to cover 2018
Home Page: Backed up the prior home page as of 1/8/2018. Began to update (clean house.....) working top-down.
1/10/2018 updates :
Calendar, button - added more dates and Contacts (the tiny envelope icon) pages needed a fix.
1/24/2018 updates :
Memoirs, (button) - added 2 more books: Brian Cahill and John Michael Sheehan
Home Page (button) pages needed a fix.
Home Page Added text and a 4 page tribute to our Sulpician Fathers/Teachers.
Home Page Extracted the Mass for deceased alumni (photograph and names); put it on a single page and inserted this page into the In Memoriam section.