Seminary of Zipaquirá
Seminario Mayor San José
Barrio Julio Caro
Carrera 25 no 3-02
Zipaquirá, Cundinamarca, Colombia, A.S.
Contact: Fr. José María Castro, PSS, Rector
Ph.: (57-1) 852-2680
Fax: (57-1) 852-0205
In 1980, His Excellency
Rubén Buitrago Trujillo, the third bishop of
Zipaquirá, asked the Canadian Province of the Society of Priests
Saint Sulpice to found a first seminary in his diocese. In accepting
this invitation, the Province of Canada appointed as the first Rector
Fr. Alfredo Botero Maya, PSS, who assumed the leadership of the
seminary with a team composed of Sulpicians and priests of the diocese
in January 1981.
During the first year, the Seminary received 28 seminarians and it
reached approximately 130 in the late 1990s. The rectors were Fathers
Carlos Ballén, PSS (1987) and Manuel Bautista, PSS (1994).
The present façade of the
Seminary of Zipaquirá.
The Seminary has been directed by the
18 years, until
the end of 1999. Subsequently, the priests of the Diocese of
will direct the Seminary.
In December 2007, the Provincial Council has agreed to respond to a
request from the new bishop, His Excellency Héctor Cubillos, of
hoc collaboration with the Diocese of Zipaquirá. The Provincial
has appointed Fr. Hernando Chitiva, PSS as rector from January
Since January 2011, Fr. José María Castro, PSS,
directs the Seminary as a new rector. His team is composed of six
priests of the diocese.
The formation team
of the Seminary of Zipaquirá (2010).
At the beginning of the academic year
2009, the Seminary welcomed 57
seminarians (56 for the Diocese of Zipaquirá and 1 for the
Fraternity). The intern seminarians (54) are divided into three cycles:
propaedeutic (14), philosophy (19), and theology (21). There are also 3
seminarians in the pastoral year.
The community of the Seminary of Zipaquirá