The following comes from an October 22 Archdiocese of San Francisco press release:
Yesterday the Archdiocese was informed by the Society of the Priests of St. Sulpice (Sulpicians) that, after 118 years, they will be withdrawing their administrative and academic services from the Seminary at the end of this academic year, June 30, 2017.
We sincerely thank the Sulpicians for their very long service to the archdiocese and to those other dioceses served by the Seminary. Before being informed of this decision, the Board of Trustees had intended to begin discussions that might lead to new Seminary administrative models with the Society. We regret that we did not have the opportunity to explore the possibility of forming a new collaborative model with the Sulpicians.
The Chancellor of the Seminary, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, said, “After such a long-standing and beneficial partnership, we all feel sorrow as the Sulpicians will be leaving St. Patrick’s Seminary. Generations of seminarians and priests have been formed and educated at St. Patrick’s under their leadership. We intend to continue that fine tradition as we meet the challenges of the future.”
The Board also announced the formation of a search committee to assist Archbishop Cordileone in filling the position of the Rector of the Seminary and University.