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tvc.dsj.org | August 20, 2019 COMMUNITY 9 Archdiocese of San Francisco Appoints New Leadership for Saint Patrick’s Seminary & University Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco announced the appointment of Rev. Daniel B. Donohoo as President-Rector of Saint Patrick Seminary & University, and Rev. Anthony Stoeppel as its Vice- Rector. Both appointments are for five- year terms, effective August 15. “Father Donohoo has served the seminary with dedication for more than six years, most recently as Vice- Rector and Dean of Men. He has a keen understanding of the challenges of diocesan priesthood and the spiri- tual and human formation required for a successful vocation,” Archbishop Cordileone noted. “Father Donohoo is uniquely prepared and qualified to take on the leadership of this important institution at this time.” Father Donohoo’s previous posi- tions at the seminary include terms as Dean of Students and Vice President of Administration. In addition, in his home Archdiocese of Indianapolis he served as a judge in the Metropolitan Tribunal and led a successful program for continuing education for clergy. He also served as pastor of a number of parishes in the Indianapolis Archdio- cese, including the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. He was educated at the University of San Diego; Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium; and Saint Patrick’s Seminary & University. He holds an M.S. in Marital and Fam- ily Therapy. Upon being named President-Rec- tor, Father Donohoo said, “I am grate- ful to the Archbishop and Board for their confidence in appointing me to serve in this role for my beloved Alma Mater. I hope, in collaboration with my current colleagues, to help form men Father Donohoo, left and Father Stoeppel. of compassionate pastoral presence; men illuminated by sound Theology, inspired by a continued deep personal encounter with Jesus Christ, issuing forth in generous service to all people.” Father Anthony Stoeppel joins Saint Patrick’s Seminary as a faculty member and as its new Vice-Rector. He brings significant diocesan experience to the Seminary. He was most recently Vicar General of the Diocese of Tyler, and also served as Chairman of the Parish & Mission Assistance Program and President of Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic Schools, as well as pastor of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, a largely Spanish-speaking parish in the Diocese of Tyler. Father Stoeppel attended Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Con- necticut, and holds a Doctorate of Sa- cred Theology in the field of bioethics from Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. These appointments became neces- sary upon the untimely passing of Most Reverend Robert F. Christian, O.P., in July. Bishop Christian was President- Rector of the Seminary from January 14, 2019, until his death. Saint Patrick’s Seminary has been forming priests for the West Coast region of the United States and the Pacific Islands since 1898. Nigerian Igbo Catholic Community of San José (NICCSJ) Celebrates Children, Youth And Young Adults Sunday By Valerie Uchechi Onuoha (NICCSJ Young Adults’ Leader) One of the goals of the Nigerian Igbo Catholic Community of San José is to transfer its cultural and religious richness to their children and to spiri- tually nurture their children to reach their full potential in all areas of life. Hence, on Sunday, July 21, the Nige- rian Igbo Catholic Community of San José honored their children, youth, and young adults at their annual Ap- preciation Sunday, celebrating their academic successes and contributions to the community at St. Justin Church, Santa Clara. The day started with a concelebrated Mass of four Igbo priests who joined the community’s chaplain, Father James Okafor. The Mass was beautiful- ly serenaded by the youth choir. Read- ings and prayers were said through the mouths of the young children who had practiced long and hard to present to the audience in their parent’s na- tive tongue, Igbo. As Mass concluded, several of the young members were awarded certificates to acknowledge their academic achievements. Certifi- cates were awarded to those who held a GPA of 3.5 or higher or were of great service to the community through the year. Awards also were given to those who recently graduated or accom- plished post-graduate degrees. After the Mass, the members and The Nigerian Igbo Catholic Community of San José celebrated their annual children, youth and young adults’ appreciation Sunday to celebrate their children for their academic successes and their contribution to their community at Saint Justin’s Church, Santa Clara. their guests headed to the hall for the reception. The master of ceremony for the event was a young adult from the community, Oge Ogamba, who kept the event animated with her wit and comedic commentary through the guidance of the youth and young adults’ coordinator, Mrs. Onyinyechi Njoku. The community was also en- gaged with excellent traditional food and heart-warming entertainment performed by the congregation’s youth. The intermittent drawings of raffle prizes kept the audience entertained between events. The lucky winners of the raffles received prizes that ranged from gift cards to Bluetooth speakers and Fitbits. The first activity during this event was a pleasant presentation done by adorable youth from the Igbo Anglican community, who presented poems and songs in the Igbo language. After the youths’ presentation, the next item of the event was a young adult panel of four young adults. These brave par- ticipants volunteered their time to talk about their own opinions on a sensitive topic amongst young adults in the Igbo Catholic community, marriage. In this segment of the event, intergenerational dialogue took place, enabling the con- gregation to ask the panelists questions and provide advice to help resolve struggles that young, unmarried mem- bers faced with forming relationships with their peers. After the young adult panel, the community’s children and youth liv- ened up the crowd with their vivacious cultural dance performances. Young boys led the performance as they danced toward the center of the stage, followed by a procession of young girls and ladies in vibrant outfits. Cameras were out and about filming the young dance troupe as they entertained the audience with their exceptional perfor- mance. Soon afterwards, the audience was invited to take the floor and show off their own dance moves during an impromptu dance party. The youth and young adults’ day celebration concluded with a fashion show where young parishioners – from toddlers to teenagers – got to strut to the center of the stage to showcase their dazzling outfits. The celebration had a good turnout and was graced with children, youth and young adults par- ticipation. It was a good steppingstone in enticing the youth in the Igbo Catho- lic community to come together and connect with each other. Next year’s celebration will be primed to get more youth and young adults to participate. The children, youth and young adults of the community remain ever grateful to their parents for all they do to build the community and to support them.