“Stir into flame the gift of God.” 2Timothy 1:6
While the Sulpician Fathers may be known best for operating seminaries, Sulpicians have always been involved in the ongoing formation of priests as well. By serving as spiritual directors for priests, directing priests’ retreats, facilitating convocations, and giving workshops for priests, the Sulpicians continue to carry out the important work of encouraging, supporting and reinvigorating established priests to enable them to best carry out their respective ministries.
In recent decades, there have been significant efforts in all three Sulpician provinces to provide a more organized and systematic approach to this aspect of our ministry. Today, the U.S. Province is involved in four continuing formation programs, including:
Continuing Formation Programs
• Vatican II Institute for Clergy Formation at St. Patrick’s in Menlo Park, California
• Center for Continuing Formation at St. Mary’s in Baltimore, Maryland
• Institute for Seminary Formators
• St. Mary’s Spiritual Center & Historic Site on Paca Street in Baltimore, Maryland
Did You Know?
In 1995, Pope John Paul II blessed the cornerstone for the new Center for Continuing Formation at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in an historic visit to Baltimore.