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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.

Monastery of Saint Catherine

The weekend of October 20, 2017 was an eventful one at the Monastery of Saint Catherine of Siena in Langeac, in the Auvergne region of France. The cloistered Dominican Sisters there held an annual meeting of the Association that supports the monastery on Saturday, October 21st. They invited Father Ronald D. WITHERUP, PSS, to be the main speaker for the event, presiding at the opening Mass and then presenting a conference on the close relationship between Blessed Agnès de Langeac, one-time Prioress of the Monastery, and Father Jean-Jacques OLIER, founder of the Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice.

 
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.)

Parish of Gabriel RICHARD, PSS

Gabriel RICHARD, PSS (1767-1832), was a French Sulpician priest who labored in the United States for many years among the French-speaking settlers in the area of Detroit (Michigan) and among the native American Indians of the region. He arrived in the United States in 1792, having been sent by the Superior General of the Sulpicians, Father Jacques-André EMERY as a missionary to the new world and to escape the severe persecution of the Terror that grew out of the French Revolution.

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.

The Society of the Priest of Saint Sulpice is proud to announce the publication of a new, critical biography of Father Jean-Jacques OLIER, founder of the Sulpicians. Written by a renowned expert in spirituality, Father Bernard Pitaud, PSS, this biography is the result of extensive research in the Memoirs of Father Olier and related materials from the seventeenth century. The book is titled, Jean-Jacques Olier (1608-1657) and is published by Lessius in Belgium.

 
Retirement Home of U.S. Province

After extensive renovations and a renaming, the Villa Olier in Catonsville, Maryland, just outside Baltimore, is now home to ten retired Sulpicians from the U.S. Province, plus a local Superior. Formerly known as Saint Charles Villa, the independent living facility was entirely gutted and redesigned to modernize the infrastructure of the building and to create more agreeable living spaces.

 
Seminary of Saint-Sulpice

Every year the Sulpician Seminary of Saint-Sulpice at Issy-les-Moulineaux sponsors a day for visitors called [Journée Portes Ouvertes (Visitation Day). It is an occasion for residents of Issy-les-Moulineaux and the region of Paris to come and get acquainted with this historic seminary and its current residents, the seminarians and formators.

 
By Bernard PITAUD, PSS

A Sulpician, Father Bernard PITAUD, has just published in French another book on one of his preferred topics, Madeleine Delbrêl (1904-1964), the French author, poet, and mystic, whose cause for sainthood is underway. The title is Madeleine Delbrêl, des rencontres décisives, Bruyères-le-Châtel, Nouvelle Cité, 2017 (273 pp.). It assembles previously published articles, revised and augmented, for the present publication.

 
Three Masterpieces of Eugène Delacroix

After lengthy time of cleaning and restoration, three famous paintings from the great nineteenth-century French artist Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) are again available for public viewing at the Church of Saint Sulpice in the 6th arrondissement of Paris.

 
Tenth Anniversary

The year 2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the publication of a document by the Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice, “For the Sake of the Kingdom: A Sulpician Approach to Formation in Priestly Celibacy” (2006). The document was the result of an international meeting of the four Councils of the Society of Saint Sulpice (the General Council and the Provincial Councils of France, Canada, and the U.S.A.), held at Le Grand Séminaire in Montreal (Quebec), Canada in July 2005. The goal of the meeting was to refine our reflection on the meaning of priestly celibacy in the 21st century and to explore the topic from the viewpoint of Sulpician history and practice.

 
Hue, Vietnam

From July 25-27, 2016 the first-ever “regional meeting” of Sulpicians was held for a group of Sulpicians who live and work in Asia. Nearly thirty Sulpicians from Vietnam, Japan, and China gathered at the Sulpician Major Seminary of Hue for the three-day meeting, which was sponsored by the Generalate of the Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice.

Arrival in 1791 in Baltimore

On Friday April 22, 2016, the members of the General Council and the three Provincials of the Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice gathered at the chapel of St. Mary’s Spiritual Center & Historic Site on Paca Street to inaugurate festivities to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the arrival of the first Sulpicians in the United States.

 
Father Jean TREFFORT, PSS

Father Jean TREFFORT, PSS, who is the “dean” of the Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice, turned one hundred years old on March 9, 2016. On Saturday March 12th, he gathered with some 40 family members, friends, and fellow Sulpicians at the Sulpician headquarters in downtown Paris to celebrate this milestone.

Dei Verbum 50th Anniversary

Just a few weeks before the 50th anniversary of the closing of Vatican Council II, the Church celebrated the 50th anniversary of one its most profound documents, Dei Verbum, the Constitution on Divine Revelation. Pope Paul VI promulgated this remarkable document on November 18, 1965. Many scholars consider it the greatest achievement of the Council because it addresses the foundational concept of divine revelation, and its preface (DV, 1) is considered virtually an introduction to all sixteen document issues by the Council.