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The College has received the joyful news that another alumnus has entered the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ, Rev. Patrick Rooney, O.P. (’15), ordained on May 26 at the hands of the Most Rev. Michael Barber, S.J., Bishop of Oakland.

Fr. Rooney’s journey follows seven years of preparing to follow in the footsteps of St. Dominic as a mendicant preacher of the Gospel. In a recent video from the Western Province of the Order of Preachers, Fr. Rooney reports that his feeling are “certainly joy, certainly gratitude to the Lord for all that He’s given me, and gratitude to everyone who has been so generous to us. But,” he adds, “also I feel like there’s a lot of work to be done!”

Fr. Rooney will begin that work as the parochial vicar of St. Dominic’s Church in San Francisco, where he will assist the pastor — a fellow alumnus and the College’s 2022 Convocation Speaker, Rev. Michael Hurley, O.P. (’99) — gladly spending themselves and being spent for souls.