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“Sulpician Month”
Program of Formation Concludes July 30, 2019

Last week a month-long program for new Sulpicians from around the world concluded at the Sulpician seminary in Issy-les-Moulineaux. The program, called the “mois sulpicien” consisted of four weeks of conferences, discussions, and pilgrimages on Sulpician history, spirituality, and pedagogy.

Term to Begin July 2019

From February 25 to March 5, 2019 the French Province of Sulpicians held a Provincial Assembly at Le Grand Séminaire d’Issy-les-Moulineaux. A Provincial Assembly (equivalent to a “chapter” in religious orders) is the highest authority in the Province and is held only once every six years. This year seventeen delegates from around the world participated in the Assembly.

 
Thesis of Father David GILBERT

After years of research, Rev. David GILBERT, a priest of the Community of Saint-Martin, defended in 2015 a brilliant thesis in theology (Institut Catholique in Paris) and in history (Sorbonne) on the writings of a former Superior General of Saint Sulpice, Father Louis TRONSON, PSS. Father Gilbert spent many long hours in the Sulpician Archives of the Society, using firsthand sources. The thesis has now been published [2018] by Honoré Champion (Paris), the same publisher who in 2014 made available the correspondence of Sulpician founder, M. Jean-Jacques OLIER (Mystica, No. 3).

 
General Council of the Sulpicians

Last week, April 3-15, the General Council of the Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice held a meeting in Rome, this time accompanied by the Provincials of France, Canada, and the USA and the General Treasurer. Such meetings are held periodically in order to apprise various dicasteries of the Holy See of the ongoing ministry of priestly formation and formation of formators.

Madeleine Delbrêl
 

On January 26, 2018 Pope Francis declared “venerable” a French woman known for her holiness and profound reflection on the Christian life thus opening the path to future beatification and canonization. Madeleine DELBRÊL (1904-1964), a poet, mystic, author, and devotee of the gospel message, who lived much of her life in Ivry-sur-Seine near Paris, is perhaps less known outside of France, but her story is a remarkable one, and her writings have been influential in the French-speaking world for many years. She is often touted as a saintly woman for “ordinary people” because much of her spirituality is rooted in daily life.

 
U.S. Province 225th Anniversary

From July 20 to 25, 2017, the Center for Continuing Formation at St. Mary’s Seminary & University hosted a meeting of the international leadership of the Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice. Twenty Sulpicians from around the world attended the meeting, including the three Provincial Councils of France, Canada, and the United States, and the General Council, each of which has five members. (One member from Canada could not attend.)

From July 20 to 25, 2017, the Center for Continuing Formation at St. Mary’s Seminary & University hosted a meeting of the international leadership of the Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice. Twenty Sulpicians from around the world attended the meeting, including the three Provincial Councils of France, Canada, and the United States, and the General Council, each of which has five members.