The Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice
We have an uncommon name and a unique mission: we are the only Roman Catholic diocesan priests in the world with the sole responsibility of educating, guiding and supporting fellow priests.
Since 1641, we have dedicated ourselves to assisting bishops by providing seminary education and ongoing formation of our fellow priests. In the United States, most of our energy is devoted to operating seminaries and programs of continuing formation. We also operate a seminary in Zambia, Central Africa.
While we belong to an association known as The Society of Saint Sulpice, our connection to 7th century French bishop Saint Sulpice is indirect. Our founder, Father Olier, did not want to establish a specific religious congregation or order, so he named the Society and its first seminary for the Paris parish where he was pastor: The Church of Saint Sulpice.
Did You Know?
The Sulpicians, in 1791, established the first Roman Catholic seminary in the United States: St. Mary’s Seminary, Paca Street.
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Did You Know?
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was welcomed by the Sulpician Fathers at St. Mary’s Seminary, Paca Street, when she first arrived in Baltimore. Mother Seton subsequently opened a Catholic school for children and formed the first American community of religious sisters, The Sisters of Charity. Her Baltimore residence has been preserved. The Mother Seton House is part of the St. Mary’s historic site complex and may be visited by appointment.