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 2019 Seminarians
|Name||Birthdate||Parish||Seminary||Year in Theology|
|Manuel Del Rio||Jul 28||Holy Spirit, San Diego||St. John’s Seminary Camarillo, CA||4th|
|Bradley Easterbrooks||Sep. 12||Our Lady of the Rosary, San Diego||North American College Rome, Italy||2nd|
|Michael Evert||Oct 16||St. Margaret, Oceanside||Mt. Angel Seminary St. Benedict, OR||2nd|
|Guillermo Hernandez||May 10||St. Joseph Cathedral, San Diego||North American College Rome, Italy||2nd|
|Dan Holgren||Aug 21||St. Michael, Poway||North American College Rome, Italy||3rd|
|Josué Jiménez||Nov 25||St. Peter the Apostle, Fallbrook||St. John of the Cross, Lemon Grove (Mt. Angel Seminary, OR)||PY*|
|Dcn Raymond Philip Napuli||Oct 5||Our Lady of Guadalupe, Chula Vista||Santa Sophia, Spring Valley|
(Mt. Angel Seminary, OR)
|Christ Bongato||Oct 24||Mater Dei, Chula Vista||Franciscan School of Theology, San Diego||1st|
|Evan Bui||Oct 2||Holy Family, San Diego||Franciscan School of Theology, San Diego||1st|
|Ivan Mora||Dec 9||St. Mary, El Centro||Franciscan School of Theology, San Diego||1st|
|Matthew Vasquez||Mar 30||Mary, Star of the Sea, La Jolla||Franciscan School of Theology, San Diego||1st|
|Marc Gandolfo||Aug 23||St. Francis of Assisi, Vista||Mt. Angel Seminary St. Benedict, OR||1st|
|Emmanuel Gutierrez||Nov 18||St. Anthony of Padua, National City||Franciscan School of Theology, San Diego||1st|
|Name||Birthdate||Parish||Year in Program||Academic Standing|
|Sean Embury||May 17||St. Gabriel, Poway||USD/ Pre-Theology||2nd|
|Jacob Itchon||Jun 8||St. Thérèse of Carmel, San Diego||USD/ Senior||2nd|
|Carlos Jimenez||Nov 4||Holy Spirit, San Diego||USD/Junior||3rd|
|Israel Lara||Aug 21||St. Rose of Lima, Chula Vista||USD/ Senior||5th|
|Javier Olmedo||Oct 22||St. Margaret Mary, Brawley||Mt. Angel College Seminary/ Junior||3rd|
|Kyle Schanzenbach||Aug 22||St. Thomas More, Oceanside||USD/Junior||2nd|
|Brian Frulla||Sep 30||Resurrection, Escondido||USD/ Pre-Theology||1st|
|Jesse Lopez||May 9||The Immaculata, San Diego||USD/ Pre-Theology||1st|