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Canadian Pontifical College

Canadian Pontifical College Canadian Pontifical College
Via Crescenzio 75
00193 Rome, Italy

Contact: Fr. Éric Sylvestre, PSS, Rector
Ph.: (39) 06.684.02113
Secretariat ph.: (39) 06.684.0211
Fax: (39) 06.684.02107
Email: collegio.canadese@sulpc.org

In 1888, the Canadian Province opens in Rome the Canadian Pontifical College, a residence for Canadian and Sulpician priests who come to pursue graduate studies in various universities in the Eternal City. On May 6, 1932, a decree of the Roman Congregation for Seminaries and Universities officially recognizes the College as a pontifical institution. On August 21, 1937, a royal decree grants the civil recognition of the College’s Corporation whose rector is its legal representative.

  http://www.sulpc.org/College_canadien_3.jpgAt the beginning of its existence, the College occupies the 117, Via Quattro Fontane, a magnificent four-storey building that could receive about fifty residents. In 1974, a significant reduction of the number of candidates for the studies obliges Saint Sulpice to sell this house and to occupy one floor of the St. John Nepomucen Pontifical College at  1, Via Concordia.

During the months of September and October of 1977, the Canadian College moves to 75, Via Crescenzio in the General House of the Ursuline Sisters of the Sacred Mount of Varallo, a building it rents in a large part, situated a few minutes of walk from the St. Peter's Basilica.

In November 1988, the College celebrates the centenary of its foundation. During a banquet at the House of St. Martha, His Holiness Pope John Paul II, speaking to the Cardinals, the Bishops, the priests and the friends of the College who attended the party, summed up very well the role of House:

Establishing a College in Rome allows the students to have a different experience of university life from the one of their respective countries and, at the same time, to complete it. They have the opportunity to benefit from the contribution of teachers coming from nearly all nations of the world. Through daily personal contact with other students, they become aware of the aspirations and the interests of priests, monks and nuns coming from other cultures with an experience of Church life different from theirs. Concretely, in Rome students can also discover the universality of the Church, her diversity as well as the richness of its unity.

In November 2005, after a several-year process that involved the various bodies of the Society and of the College, the Congregation for Catholic Education approved the Statutes and the Directory of the Canadian Pontifical College. In this way, the College enjoys the criteria and guidelines that are up to date and accurate, in accordance with the teaching of the Church and with the pedagogy of the Priests of Saint Sulpice in regard to the ongoing formation of priests.


In addition to spaces for communal living such as the chapel, the dining room and the library, the College has 21 rooms equipped with a bathroom,  soundproof windows, a direct-dial telephone and an Internet connection.

At the beginning of the academic year, in late September or early October, the College welcomes the student priests. They may remain in the house until the end of June. During July and August, and most of September, the house is closed.


Fr. Éric Sylvestre, PSS
Canadian Pontifical College


Since September 2008, Fr. Éric Sylvestre runs the house as the Rector. He currently hosts about twenty student priests.

These priests are studying in different institutions: the Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute, the Lateran University (the John Paul II Institute for Family and the Pastoral Institute), the Alphonsian Academy, the Teresianum Theological Faculty (Spirituality), the Saint Anselm Pontifical Athenaeum (Liturgy), the University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) or the Urbaniana University.

The residents of the Canadian College 2012-2013.


Studies in Rome

Usually the priests prepare a license or a doctorate in one of the ecclesiastical sciences. However, they can also engage in a particular program during a sabbatical period.

The academic year comprises two semesters. The first usually begins in mid-October and ends with exams in early February. The second extends from mid-February to late June.

Normally, there are about three weeks of holidays at Christmas and two weeks at Easter.


During the months of its activity (from October to June), the College usually has some rooms available to accommodate some overnight guests.

ed @ Peter Krasuski Source

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