23/08/2010: CONSUL GENERAL AND MRS. MARCIANO A. PAYNOR, JR. VISIT ST. PATRICK’S SEMINARY, AUGUST 19
Fr. McKearney, Congen Paynor, Mrs. Paynor, Ms. Hizon, and Fr. Myers posed infront of the St. Patrick Seminary and University in Menlo Park, California
Philippine Consul General to San Francisco Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. and Mrs. Teresita B. Paynor made a visit/tour of St. Patrick's Seminary & University on Thursday, August 19, 2010 upon the invitation of Father James Mckeraney , President/Rector through Ms. Nellie Hizon, member of the Seminary Board of Regents.
Fr. McKearney, and Fr. Myers, Vice President for Seminary External Affairs welcomed the Consul General and Mrs. Paynor The highlight of their tour was a briefing on the current enrollment and recent history of Filipino seminarians and their unique contribution to the Church in the United States. The priests thanked Consul General Paynor and Mrs. Paynor for their visit and for their desire to help spread the good news of what this institution does for the Church and society.
The Philippine Consulate General maintains a dynamic partnership with the Bay area’s Catholic Church leaders through Filipino priests and community leaders in helping promote Filipino religious customs and traditions in the US such as the well-known Simbang Gabi. In 2009, the Archdiocese of San Francisco officially recognized the significant spiritual aspect of this Filipino tradition through a “Simbang Gabi Commissioning.” Now held annually, the Commissioning ceremony is about sending the Filipino community on a mission to be the light in their respective parishes. END