- The Sulpicians form a society of diocesan
after having received permission from their bishop, engage in the
ministry specific to the Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice.
of Saint Sulpice is a society of apostolic life of pontifical
confirmed and approved by the Holy See. The Constitutions
Holy See, define its pastoral commitments. Its members elect the
officers for the entire Society and for each of the three
each pastoral activity they always work as a team.
Service to the diocesan
- The commitment of the Priests of Saint Sulpice towards God and
Church is accomplished through the service to diocesan priests.
primary mandate is to assist bishops in the preparation of
for the priesthood and in the ongoing formation of priests.
What qualities do we seek in the
aspiring candidates to Saint Sulpice?
priest joins the Society, the Sulpicians require that the aspiring
candidate would have completed at least two years of parish
an experience which enabled him to develop a strong sense of
to his diocese and a commitment
. Indeed, they need priests who live and
their priesthood and who want to assist bishops in the service of
diocesan seminarians and priests.
Ability to work as a team
The Sulpicians look for candidates able to work in a community
environment and to work collegially on a mission in harmony with
priests as well as with lay or religious persons.
Ability to share one’s faith
through a life of prayer that nourishes a real enthusiasm for
and his Gospel, for the Church and the priesthood. The apostolic spirit
their founder, Father Jean-Jacques Olier, is the source of this
the way to intellectual and professional preparation of quality in
several areas: spiritual direction, teaching of philosophy or of
theology, pastoral leadership. This implies an openness to
Sulpician pedagogy that is being constantly renewed.
How can a priest become a
- To be a
diocesan priest incardinated in a diocese, to have completed at
two years of parish ministry in his diocese of origin and to be
available to serve in the pastoral works of the Canadian Province
the Priests of Saint Sulpice.
priest meets these prerequisites, he may contact the person
for the Sulpician vocations for his region (see the list below).
will provide information on the periodic meetings held for the
candidates to the Society and will be in charge of this first
experience with Saint Sulpice until the moment when the Provincial
will accept him as a candidate. His participation in
meetings will give him sufficient information about the Society
requirements of Sulpician life. This priest will also be
spiritually in the discernment of his possible Sulpician vocation.
- After this
of discernment, with the support of the person responsible for
Sulpician vocations of the region, the priest asks his bishop for
written autorisation to have an experience with Saint Sulpice. The
aspiring candidate then presents his candidacy by writing to the Provincial Superior
First experience with Saint
- If he is accepted and formally admitted as a candidate, the Provincial
becomes directly responsible for his experience with
Priests of Saint Sulpice. It then takes over the care of the
and gives him a first appointment within a team of the Canadian
Province from the moment his bishop released him from his diocesan
duties. This first experience in the Society usually lasts at
first experience as a candidate, the priest participates in the
Sulpician formation program:
- Periodic meetings
- Solitude – a
extended formation lasting six months, bringing together
from the provinces of France and Canada. This formation period
detailed information on the history, mission, spirituality and
of the Society. It is nourished by intense personal and
prayer, celebration of the Eucharist and the Divine Office,
sharing and individual spiritual direction.
- The Sulpician Month
organized about every three years, usually in July in Paris.
program brings together participants of three provinces:
and the United States. This session has three objectives:
- mutual knowledge of the various participants, their
their Church of origin
- learning the history and the traditions of Saint Sulpice
- visit of the sites of Sulpician origins in France.
Whom to contact for more
- Subsequently, after a new discernment, the candidate may
seek temporary admission
Society. “As a general rule the interval between temporary and
definitive admission should be not less than one year and no
five years.” (Constitutions, Art.
necessary, he completes studies of the 2nd or 3rd
- Finally, he may then ask for definitive