MENLO PARK, Calif. — Sulpician Father James McKearney has resigned as rector-president of St. Patrick Seminary and University here.
He had been president-rector since 2009 and at the seminary since 1999. The seminary serves 93 students from more than a dozen dioceses, most based in California.
San Jose Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Daly had been named interim president-rector.
The resignation marks the end of Suplican administration for the first time in the seminary's 114-year history. Eight Sulpicians remain at the seminary: the vice rector, a graduate student, and six faculty members.
The San Francisco archdiocese owns the seminary and its grounds, but the Sulpicians helped found it in 1898 and have administered it since.
St. Patrick's enrollment reached a recent-history high mark of 114 for the 2012-13 school year. However, enrollment dropped to 93 for this year, and only a dozen new students enrolled.