Lent Begins

Today the holy season of Lent begins with the distribution of ashes, a sign of our call to conversion, repentance, and the ancient ascetical practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. In a special way, this Lent should also be a time to focus our prayers for Pope Benedict XVI and his successor, and for the entire Church, in the wake of the Holy Father’s startling announcement on 12 February that he would resign the papacy effective at 8:00 p.m. February 28, 2013.

40th Anniversary of Raymond E. Brown, S.S.

Forty years ago, in 1972, Pope Paul VI appointed Sulpician Father Raymond E. BROWN as the sole American on the Pontifical Biblical Commission for a first term, which lasted until 1978. He was later appointed by Blessed Pope John Paul II to a second term in 1996, serving until his untimely death on August 8, 1998 at the age of 70.

A Sulpician Perspective

The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has proclaimed a ‘Year of Faith’ from 11 October 2012 to 24 November 2013, the Feast of Christ the King. The principal reason for this year is to tie in to the project of the “new evangelization” which will be the focus of the 13th ordinary synod of bishops in Rome (7-22 October 2012).

Paca Street Chapel in Baltimore

Today, the feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, sees the dedication of the restored historic chapel on Paca Street in Baltimore, site of the original St. Mary’s Seminary, the first Catholic seminary in the United States. This chapel, designed by the renowned architect Maximilian GODEFROY and originally dedicated in 1808, is the first Neo-Gothic church in the United States.

Conclusion in Montreal, Quebec

Having spent tend days together reflection on “The Formation of Priests in the Twenty-first Century in Light of the Traditions of Vatican Council II and the Society of Saint Sulpice, the symposium wrapped up with a final festive Eucharist and banquet on July 18, 2012. Numerous other Sulpicians from the Montreal region concelebrated the Mass and attended the reception and dinner afterwards.

Visit to Montreal

During the week of July 9-13, 2012, six candidates for the U.S. Province of the Society of Saint Sulpice came to Montreal for a visit to the Canadian Province in order to get better acquainted with their “northern neighbor.” They were led by the Director of Formation for the U.S. Province, Father Gerald D. McBREARITY, S.S., who has been in this position for many years.

Canadian Province Heritage

On Monday, July 9, 2012, the Canadian Province of the Society of Saint Sulpice inaugurated a new temporary exhibition at Le Grand Séminaire in Montreal with a small reception attended by several Sulpicians from the area. In addition, Sulpician delegates attending an international symposium on the priesthood from July 8-18 attended the gathering.

June 8-18, 2012 in Montreal

On June 8, 2012 nearly thirty Sulpicians from around the world gathered in Montreal (Quebec) Canada for a ten-day international symposium on the priesthood. The symposium was planned by the General Council and Provincials of the Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice in fulfillment of a mandate from the last General Assembly (2008) calling for an interprovincial gathering on some important theme. The meeting is being held at Le Grand Séminaire in the heart of Montreal and will conclude with a final festive Eucharist and banquet on July 18th.

Provincial Assembly, Montréal, 18-29 June 2012

Habemus provincialem! Gathered at Le Grand Séminaire de Montréal for a two-week Assembly, delegates from around the world elected on 26 June 2012 Father Jacques D’ARCY, p.s.s. to a second six-year term as Provincial of the Province of Canada, effective immediately.

Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, Ireland

Sulpician Cardinal Marc OUELLET, p.s.s. traveled to Dublin, Ireland this month to represent the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, taking place in Dublin from June 10 to 17, 2012.

Sulpician Participation in Academics

Historically, from the beginning of the founding of the Society of Saint Sulpice, members of the Society have been involved in academic discussions of spirituality and theology. Over the centuries, many Sulpicians have published theological, spiritual and philosophical works, some of which have become virtually enduring “classics”. One thinks of the works, for example, of the publications in Scripture of the late Sulpicians Henri Cazelles (France), or Olivier Maurault (Canada), or Raymond Brown (USA).

Cardinal Ouellet: Pope’s Envoy

On 13 April 2012, Sulpician Cardinal Marc OUELLET, PSS, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, presided at the opening of a month-long pilgrimage celebration of the Holy Tunic (Seamless Robe) of Jesus, which is kept in the Cathedral of Trier, Germany. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI named Cardinal Ouellet as his personal envoy in early March.

To Lead Pilgrimage in Trier

Sulpician Cardinal Marc OUELLET, p.s.s., Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, has been named by Pope Benedict XVI to represent him at the opening of the pilgrimage in Trier, Germany, on April 13, 2012 to celebrate the five hundredth anniversary of the display of Christ’s seamless garment, the Trier Cathedral’s most precious relic.

The Procure: Canadian Pontifical College

The weekend of 17-19 February 2012, Father Ronald D. WITHERUP, p.s.s., Superior General of the Society of Saint Sulpice visited the Sulpician confreres at the Canadian Pontifical College in Rome. All three provinces (France, Canada, and the United States) have priest-students who engage in graduate in studies in Rome and reside at the Canadian Pontifical College.

Saint Sulpice Assists the Formation of Formators

The week of 30 January 2012 saw an influx of numerous guests at the Sulpician residence in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. These twenty-one periodic guests are participants in a program for the formation of formators of clergy, and they take time off from their formation ministry during the year to come monthly for a week at a time for this creative program, called the Institute for the Formation of Educators of Clergy (IFEC).

Symposium on Sexual Abuse of Minors in Rome

On Tuesday evening 7 February 2012 in Rome, Sulpician Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect for the Congregation for Bishops, was principal celebrant at a penitential rite for healing and forgiveness at the Church of Saint Ignatius in Rome. The service took place during a symposium conference organized by the Gregorian University, which took place 6-9 February for bishops and religious superiors to address the question of how to prevent sexual abuse of minors in the Church.

Timothée Bodika, pss - Auxiliary Bishop of Kinshasa

On 2 February 2012, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI named Sulpician Father Timothée BODIKA MANSIYAI, pss, rector of the Blessed John XXIII Seminary in Kinshasa and Fourth Consultor of the General Council of the Society of Saint Sulpice, as an auxiliary bishop of Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo). He was one of two auxiliary bishops named for Kinshasa the same day, the second being Father Sebastien MUYENGO MULOMBE, who is currently a student at the University of Leuven.

Theme: Becoming an Intercultural Community

From January 3 to 6, 2012 most of the members and candidates of the U.S. Province met at the Oblate Renewal Center (entrance pictured) in San Antonio, Texas, for a session on ongoing formation. The primary focus of the meeting was to address concretely the issue of increasing multiculturalism and interculturalism, in the seminary, in the province, and in the Church.