Theological College was founded as the Sulpician Seminary at The Catholic University of America in 1917. Our formation program is guided by the principles and ethos of the Sulpician Fathers, “to live supremely for God in Christ Jesus our Lord, so much so that the inner life of His only Son should penetrate to the inmost depths of our heart and to such an extent that everyone should be able to say, ‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me’”  (Father Jean-Jacques Olier, founder of the Society of St. Sulpice). This charism embodies five essential elements: a commitment to ministerial priesthood, the cultivation of an apostolic spirit, an emphasis on spiritual formation, the creation of a formational community, and the exercise of collegiality.

The Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice was founded in France in 1641 by Father Jean-Jacques Olier (1608–1657), an exemplar of the French School of Spirituality. A disciple of Saint Vincent de Paul and Charles de Condren, Olier took part in missions which they organized, eventually opening a seminary for the education and formation of seminarians for the Church of France. The Society of the Priests of Saint-Sulpice is a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Rite in the Catholic Church, named for the Church of Saint-Sulpice, in Paris, where Father Olier founded the first seminary. Today, priests become members of the Society only after ordination and some years of pastoral ministry. The purpose of the society is the formation and education of priests. As their main role is the education of those preparing to become members of the presbyterate, Sulpicians place great emphasis on the spiritual and intellectual growth of their own members, who commit themselves to undergoing lifelong development in these areas. The Sulpician Fathers uphold their commitment of “developing men of character, educating priests, forming pastoral leaders, and nurturing an apostolic spirit.” The Society is divided into three provinces, operating in various countries: the Provinces of France, Canada, and the United States.

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