St. Francis Center for Priestly Formation

St. Francis Center for Priestly Formation, located on the University of San Diego campus, comprises both the Office for Priestly Formation of the Diocese of San Diego and a house of formation for men preparing for admission to a seminary school of theology.

The Office for Priestly Formation administers the diocesan program of priestly formation for both pre-seminarian and seminarian candidates according to the norms set forth by the Program of Priestly Formation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

As a house of formation, St. Francis Center, helps prepare men in each of the four areas of formation: human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral for admission to a seminary school of theology. In the human and spiritual areas this is accomplished through community life together, the mentoring of priests and other staff members, the discipline of personal and communal prayer, retreats and other programs of spiritual enrichment and regular spiritual direction. Intellectually, candidates prepare for admission to graduate level theology studies by earning a bachelor’s degree with a major in philosophy and a minor in undergraduate theology. Those candidates who have already earned a bachelor’s degree must satisfy the philosophy and theology requirements if their degrees were in other disciplines. This is normally accomplished at the University of San Diego. In the pastoral area each candidate is assigned to an apostolate at The Immaculata Parish on the USD campus, where the Director of Priestly Formation is pastor.

Once a candidate is accepted into a seminary school of theology the Office for Priestly Formation collaborates with the theologate in the seminarian’s formation including the assignment of parish internships and other pastoral experiences and in scheduling annual assemblies and one convocation for all the seminarians and pre-seminarians of the diocese.


Fall 2018 Seminarians

NameBirthdateParishSeminaryYear in Theology
Manuel Del RioJul 28Holy Spirit, San DiegoSt. Mary, Star of the Sea, Oceanside/ St. John’s Seminary Camarillo, CA3rd
Bradley EasterbrooksSep. 12Our Lady of the Rosary, San DiegoNorth American College Rome, Italy1st
Michael EvertOct 16St. Margaret, OceansideMt. Angel Seminary St. Benedict, OR1st
Guillermo HernandezMay 10St. Joseph Cathedral, San DiegoNorth American College Rome, Italy1st
Dan HolgrenAug 21St. Michael, PowayNorth American College Rome, Italy2nd
Josué JiménezNov 25St. Peter the Apostle, FallbrookMt. Angel Seminary St. Benedict, OR3rd
Dcn Raymond Philip NapuliOct 5Our Lady of Guadalupe, Chula VistaSanta Sophia, Spring Valley
(Mt. Angel Seminary, OR)
Dcn. Michael O’ConnorApr 27Corpus Christi, BonitaMt. Angel Seminary St. Benedict, OR4th
*Pastoral Year

Pre-Seminarian Candidates

NameBirthdateParishYear in ProgramAcademic Standing
Chris BongatoOct 24Mater Dei, Chula VistaUSD/ Pre-Theology2nd
Evan BuiOct 2Holy Family, San DiegoUSD/ Senior2nd
Chris DuckAug 2St. Charles Borromeo, San DiegoUSD/ Pre-Theology2nd
Sean EmburyMay 17St. Gabriel, PowayUSD/ Pre-Theology1st
Marc GandolfoAug 23St. Francis of Assisi, VistaUSD/ Senior3rd
Emmanuel GutierrezNov 18St. Anthony of Padua, National CityUSD/ Senior3rd
Jacob ItchonJun 8St. Thérèse of Carmel, San DiegoUSD/ Junior1st
Carlos JimenezNov 4Holy Spirit, San DiegoMesa/ Sophomore2nd
Israel LaraAug 21St. Rose of Lima, Chula VistaUSD/ Senior4th
Ivan MoraDec 9St. Mary, El CentroUSD/ Pre-Theology2nd
Javier OlmedoOct 22St. Margaret Mary, BrawleyUSD/ Junior2nd
Kyle SchanzenbachAug 22St. Thomas More, OceansideMesa/ Sophomore1st
Matthew VasquezMar 30Mary, Star of the Sea, La JollaUSD/ Pre-Theology2nd



Very Rev. Matthew Spahr
Director for Priestly Formation
Phone: (619) 291-7446
Marcia Munz
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (619) 291-7446
Cynthia Stacey
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (619) 291-7446