Bishop McGrath Delivers Annual State of the Church Address

Bishop McGrath Delivers Annual State of the Church Address

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The second Thursday of October meant Bishop Patrick J. McGrath’s annual “State of the Church” Address before those gathered at the Catholic Professionals monthly breakfast meeting at Three Flames Restaurant in San Jose.

Before an attentive crowd, the Bishop outlined some of the events that have happened in the Diocese of San Jose (DSJ) since he last spoke to the group in September 2016.

Here are some of them:

  • Brian Mooney has taken over for the late Bob Serventi as Chief Financial Officer.
  • The Diocese ordained two priests last June – Father Khoa Vu and Father Gabriel Lee.
  • And DSJ moved its seven seminarians from Saint Patrick’s University and Seminary in Menlo Park to University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Ill. The Bishop said the move to Mundelein, as the seminary is known, was 18 months in the making.

“They are dedicated to the principles of the Second Vatican II,” he said. “And those of course are the principles of the Diocese of San Jose as well. They are off to a good training of our priests.”

In addition, Bishop McGrath spent time discussing the governance of the 26 elementary schools in the Diocese. Currently the schools are broken down into Parish School, Diocesan School and Drexel School. The Diocesan and Drexel schools both fall under the governance of the DSJ Department of Education.

“We have one school system and three ways of governance,” said the Bishop. “We have seen incredible academic success with the Drexel Schools. Of course I want all of our schools to be in good shape, succeed and thrive.”

Also, the Bishop touched on the hiring of Father John Hurley, CSP, as the Vicar for Evangelization. What was known as the Office of Parish Services is now called the Department for Evangelization.

“The purpose of these changes is to be more responsive to the needs of all parishes and deaneries,” said McGrath.

The Bishop also took a moment to recognize Bill Matthews, an organization board member, who is retiring this month as the Director of Stewardship & Development for the Diocese.

“You have been a steady hand, Bill,” said the Bishop, “and taken the ADA (Annual Diocesan Appeal) to a whole new level. We are going to miss you, but your retirement is well deserved.”