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: 6/25/2013
For details, see below
of our web site:
Don Kohles famous Rambler book is being scanned. Pages 1-6 are now
available at the memoirs page.
Added a pair of books: One by John Van Hagen (R'60), and
another by Don Fausel (former faculty).
Two years ago (Feb. 2011) a wave of SemNet notes began a tribute for
Fr. John Olivier, one of our beloved (now retired) teachers.
Realizing that these notes needed to be captured and saved, for
posterity, we started a tribute's page in our Memoirs section.
Well, this page has grown.
Recent additions have now expanded this collection of tributes
to 13 pages of words and pictures.
Click on the Memoirs button at the top of this home page
and you will find the two books plus the updated
SemNet tribute to Father Olivier
In Memoriam: (click here)
The following have been recently added:
Obituaries and some additional information for:
Loren Dwyer, R'1953, (1933 - 2013)
Fr. Bill Ahlbach, R'1956, (1937 - 2013)
Fr. Mark Catalana, C'1986, (1963 - 2013)
Fr. John Olivier, (1920 - 2013)
Fr. Bill Lenane R'1944, (1925 - 2012)
Charles Dowd R'1964, (1944 - 2012)
Uploaded more information for
Fr. Gene Konkel (including a reference to our 2009 Day of Rec.), and
Added a 2013 birthday message to James McAfee from his family,
Monsignor Leo MaFadden, R'48 (1928 - 2013),
Father Jerald Thomas, R'50 (1926 - 2013),
Father Jerry Kennedy, R'60 (1940 - 2013),
Father Eugene Konkel, S.S. (1931-2012), and
Father Edward Murray, R'56 (1935-2012)
have been uploaded to the In Memoriam: page on our website.
Our sixteenth annual Day of Recollection
was held on Saturday February 23, 2013.
Most Reverend Robert McElroy, a native San Franciscan, and
a graduate of St. Josephs College, H'72, led our day that focused
on the theme: "Vatican II: The Great Grace of the Twentieth Century."
To see the invitation letter,
You will like the pictures on page 2!
Over the years, this has become quite a popular day,
hosted for us ex-seminarians by our Alumni Association.
If you want to see a quick history of these special "Days:"
For more information please contact Jim Murphy.
Our annual Alumni Day will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013.
To see an information page
(click here - 2013)
More photographs have been added to our website's
Photo Gallery. Click on the new button at the top of this page
and look for some new folders titled:
Alumni Days of the 1980s
John Ravnik brought his old photo album to our 2013 Alumni Day.
He let me borrow a bunch of pictures, which I have scanned, and inserted
into our website. Enjoy!
Also look for.....
Rhetoric Class of 1960 (Rev. Jerry Kennedy)
Alumni Day - 2010 Including 50th reunion pictures from the R'1960 class
Alumni Day - 2011
We now have 927 total pictures in the Photo Gallery.
(This number just increased; to 950.)
For those of you who have not visited these pages for a while,
previous historical and current pictures in the gallery include:
John Cannon (R'44) - a huge collection,
Loren Dwyer (R'53) - very well annotated,
John Gisla and Bill Wall (both R'63) - another large collection,
Phil Murphy (R'63) - check out his beautiful sundown picture, and
Pictures from our monument dedication and luncheon party.
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 know that
the slide show (above) contains 37 pictures.
I was asked to write down the internet address for the SemNet.
I was a bit surprised but I realized that some people, who are good at browsing the
Internet, are accustomed to visiting web sites. Well, SemNet is not a location
(or a site) on the World Wide Web. 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.
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. Actually that's much better than a password.
of our web site two new items have been added.
Click on the Memoirs button at the top of this home page to go
look at these new additions.
Alex Larkin, R'61 has sent us a collection of
graduation cards for 9 different graduation classes.
Nothing like this has been posted to our website before.
You are going to like these.
If you have ever wondered how you might find the area where our
seminary used to be, you're in luck.
I have posted a bit of research that delves into some old maps.
It gives us a perspective of the location of our
seminary (college) with respect to the current terrain and housing layout.
Website updates, recent history details: 6/25/2013 updates : In Memoriam page:
Loren Dwyer R'1953, (1933 - 2013)
Fr. Bill Ahlbach, R'1956, (1937 - 2013)
5/6/2013 updates : In Memoriam page:
Added Fr. Mark Catalana, C'1986, (1963 - 2013)
5/5/2013 updates : Photo Gallery page:
Added a new photo album to the gallery:
A small collection of photos from the 1980's Alumni Days.
St. Joseph's courtyard and chapel are prominent.
4/26/2013 updates : In Memoriam page:
Added four new pages to the Fr. John Olivier collection: the
obituary by Fr. Gula, homily by Fr. Crowley, tribute by Fr Gerry Coleman,
and the announcement article in the Valley Catholic, San Jose Diocese
news. Also connected Fr. Olivier's page to the SemNet tributes
(13 pages) that were written from Feb. 2011 to Feb. 2013.
Scanned and inserted Pages 1-6 of Don Kohles Rambler Book.
There is a lot of material here and it will be a slow process.
I am curious how this handwritten sports diary will show up at
our website. It is a fascinating document.
4/15/2013 updates : In Memoriam page:
Added Fr. John Olivier, SS (1920 - 2013)
4/11/2013 updates : In Memoriam page:
Added Fr. Bill Lenane, and Charles Dowd, plus a
James McAfee 2013 birthday message from his family, plus more
items about Fr. Gene Konkel
(including a reference to our 2009 Day of Rec.),
4/10/2013 updates : In Memoriam page:
Added Monsignor Leo McFadden (1928-2013).
Calendar Button: Updated the page attached to this button:
Home Page: Updated the Alumni Day info;
Inserted a click to see Jim Murphy's flyer;
Updated the paragraph for our Day of Recollection.
Day of Recollection History Page: Added 2013
3/31/2013 Website News :
Our old web site name officially expires today.
On April 1st, the URL for www.SaintJosephsCollege.ws is no longer
valid. Anybody still using that name will now go to an error page.
If you are reading this, then you are now comfortably ensconced at:
3/9/2013 updates :
Updated Memoirs page:
Inserted scanned book covers; updated some text and inserted dates.
3/7/2013 updates : Memoirs page:
Added two books:
Don Fausel, St. Joseph's faculty (1957-1959),
From Blind Obedience to a Responsible Faith:
The Memoir of a Cradle Catholic.
John Van Hagen, R'60,
Rescuing Religion: How Faith Can Survive Its Encounter with Science.
Plus, I also inserted an image of a People Magazine cover that is referenced in this section.
2/15/2013 updates : In Memoriam page:
Inserted obituary for: Father Jerald Thomas, R'50
2/5/2013 updates : Memoirs page:
Inserted a new, updated version of the tribute's collectiion
for Fr. John Olivier.
Edited the Calendar page: Brought it up to date
1/22/2013 updates :
In the Photo Gallery, the Alumni Day - 2011 page:
Photograph 12, Paul Perry playing the organ;
Deleted the word "Fugue" from the thumbnail title, and
from the description attached to this picture.
Now using the correct name of that great organ Toccata.
(Thanks to Bob Gitzen, College 1977, "nice catch")
1/16/2013 updates : In Memoriam page:
Inserted Obituaries for: Father Eugene Konkel, S.S., and
Father Edward Murray.
Added Father Padraig Greene's homily for Jerry Kennedy.
1/15/2013 updates : In Memoriam page: Added Brian Cahill's Eulogy for his
classmate, Jerry Kennedy
Home page: Cleanup - brought up to date
1/9/2013 updates : In Memoriam page: Added Rev. Jerry Kennedy, R'60