Seminary of Crato
Seminário Maior São
Rua Padre Lemos, 334
Caixa Postal 03
CEP 63100-970 - Crato - CE - Brasil
Contact: Fr. Norbayro Londoño, PSS, Rector
Ph.: (55-88) 3521-1228
Fax: (55-88) 3523-1060
of St. Joseph Seminary
The origin of the seminary begins with the desire of the first bishop
of the province of Ceará, Dom Luiz Antônio dos Santos
(1861-1881), to found a house of religious education in Crato. In 1872,
to realize this dream, Bishop dos Santos appoints two Lazarist priests,
Guilherme and Antônio, to preach in favor of this project and to
collect donations for its implementation. The seminary was officially
founded on March 8, 1875, with a chapel and dwellings built of straw
The façade of St. Joseph Seminary.
In 2002, Bishop Fernando
Paníco, MSC, invites the Society of the
Priests of Saint Sulpice to re-establish the institution and to support
the priestly formation in the Diocese of Crato (erected in 1914). Fr.
Lionel Gendron, PSS, at the time Provincial Superior, and Fr.
Jaramillo, PSS, Provincial Delegate, visit the Diocese. After
acceptance by the Provincial Council in 2003, Fr. William René
Palacios, PSS and Fr. Manuel Bautista, PSS, Colombian Sulpicians,
arrive in early 2004 to assume the direction of the seminary together
with two priests of the Diocese of Crato. That same year, the
seminarians begin their formation in philosophy and theology in their
own diocese. A contract between the Priests of Saint Sulpice of
Montreal and the Diocese of Crato was signed in 2004.
Current Status of the Seminary
The formation of future priests at St. Joseph Seminary of Crato is
composed of three cycles (77 seminarians): the cycle of one propedeutic
year (11 students), the cycle of three years of philosophy (16 students
taking their courses at Faculdade católica do Cariri of the
Crato), and the cycle of four years of theology (50 students following
courses at the seminary, in Casarão São José). The
seminary has 40
seminarians in philosophy and theology of the Diocese of Crato, 14
seminarians in theology from the Diocese of Iguatú, 7
in theology from the Diocese of Petrolina, 8 seminarians
in theology from the Diocese of Cajazeiras and 7 seminarians
in theology from the Diocese of Salgueiro.
The Seminary chapel.
Celebration of the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19, 2009.
The formation team is composed of the
current rector, Fr. Norbayro
Londoño, PSS, of three Sulpician priests, one candidate to
Sulpice as well as of two priests and a deacon of the Diocese of Crato.