On Saturday, March 8th, 2003, 45
former seminarians attended our annual Day of Recollection at St.
Patrick's Seminary. The day was led by Rev. Joseph P. Healy, Associate
Pastor of Immaculate
Heart of Mary, Belmont, CA. The theme of the day was "Identifying a
This day was a marvelous experience
it was a wonderful way to begin our Lenten Season. Father Joe set the
by describing his own journey to the priesthood. Being the eleventh of
children and growing up in a working class family in Pittsburgh, PA,
Joe's spiritual growth was a fascinating story. He discovered San
and the Bay Area while he was serving in the military. He settled in
area and continued to struggle with his own spirituality, and he
to enter St. Patrick's Seminary when he was in his forties.
Father Joe shared a number of
definitions of "spirituality" with us as he commented upon each. He
described the stages of spiritual growth and maturity in a practical
that we could apply to our own lives. As former seminarians of St.
College we share a number of common formational experiences. Despite
differences, we are all on a common journey of faith, each particular
journey uniquely graced and challenging. As alums from diverse
generations, we have shared a part of our individual journeys together.
Those of us who attended
this special day were effusive in our praise of Father Joe Healy, and
for his impact upon our own personal journey.
Your Alumni Board will plan to offer
another day of personal reflection
and prayer in 2004. We hope that you find the time to join us as we
at where we are now, personally and spiritually, and where our lives