Skip to comments.Surprise Resignation Stuns California Seminary Students, Faculty [Cordileone Dismisses Rector]
Posted on 10/09/2013 10:18:17 AM PDT by marshmallow
Sulpician Fr. James McKearney has been forced to resign as rector and president of St. Patrick Seminary and University in Menlo Park, Calif., a surprise event some call an appropriate change in leadership and others decry as "brutal" and "confusing."
McKearney's sudden removal by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone stunned students and faculty and the Sulpician himself.
"It just came out of the blue for reasons that are still not clear to myself or my provincial," McKearney told NCR.
McKearney said during the school's annual gala Sept. 14, Cordileone insisted on a 2 p.m. meeting with him two days later -- a Monday -- at the seminary. During the gala, Cordileone publicly thanked McKearney for his leadership and labors.
Cordileone, San Jose Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Daly and San Francisco Vicar for Administration James Tarantino met with McKearney on Sept. 16 and left him no option but to resign, according to McKearney, who had been president-rector since 2009 and at the seminary since 1999. The seminary currently serves 93 students from more than a dozen dioceses, most based in California.
That same afternoon, both the archdiocese and the San Jose diocese issued releases announcing that Daly had been named interim president and rector.
At the same time it was announced that:
* Jesuit Fr. John Piderit, former Loyola University-Chicago president, would become St. Patrick's new vice president for administration in addition to continuing as vicar for finance;
* Basilian Fr. Anthony Giampietro would be executive vice president for advancement and academic dean;
* Sulpician Fr. Gladstone Stevens would continue as vice rector and dean of men.
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I saw this from April as well/Slightly Off Topic:
What’s going on at that place?
And this, still more off topic:
How could the council assume to build on their campus?
We unfortunates in Hawaii long were recipients from that seminary, and still largely struggle under its aberrant imprimatur.