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: 4/30/2018
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)
This years Alumni Day was a lot of fun. We had a great turnout. More later.....
Class members from 1958, 1968, 1978 and 1973 were celebrated. These dates inspired me to reach back 80 years
myself. I scanned and uploaded an SJC Alumni Newsletter from November 1938. You will find this if you click on the The Newsletter (button) at the top of this page. I have also added "The Blow" (1959) , and another Alumni Newsletter dated June 1940.
Thank you Pat Cloherty for discovering these relics.
In the same vein, but on the Memoirs page (another button),
I added 2 new books to our collection on this page: by Brian Cahill, R'60 and John Michael Sheehan, H'71. (Note: Brian also has an article in the 1959 Blow newsletter)
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. We appreciate the work of these
dedicated men. You will enjoy this document!
To see the Sulpician 4 page tribute
(click here - Sulp)
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.
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!
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:
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
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
4/24/2018 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.
4/30/2018 updates :
The Newsletter (button) - scanned and inserted three newsletters:
"The Alumni Bulletin" from 1940 and 1938, plus another "The Blow," (1960)
5/26/2018 updates :
The Home Page - inserted Tom Dillon's photograph, and on
the Message from our president page - I inserted the "passing of the gavel" ceremony(?)
from Jack Sutcliff to the new president, Tom Dillon. This includes a group picture.
of the current Alumni Board.