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By ministering in soup kitchens, hospice centers, or prisons and detention centers, for example, seminarians grow in their capacity for both resilience and compassion and participate in Christ’s servant leadership.

Field Education Program

The Field Education Program at St. Patrick's Seminary & University offers students the opportunity to exercise and develop their academic, social and ministerial skills in diverse pastoral settings.

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Social Ministry

Resilience and compassion are cultivated by working with the poor and marginalized in such ministries as soup kitchens.

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Teaching Ministry

The teaching skills necessary for effective parish ministry are developed by assisting in parish educational programs.

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Specialized Ministry

Certain ministries offer more pastoral specialization, such as work in prisons, hospices, and tribunals.

Diaconal Year Parish Ministry

After ordination to the diaconate, seminarians spend many weekends doing parish work and assisting the pastor in various pastoral, educational, and administrative tasks.

Pastoral Year

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The Pastoral Year Internship, after the second year of Theology, is a year-long immersion in the parish. By living and working in a parish within the seminarian’s diocese, the seminarian begins to take on the identity of a spiritual father who collaborates and leads for the good of the Church.

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St. Patrick’s Seminary & University
320 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park CA 94025 
(650) 325-5621