The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Principal patroness of the Society of Saint-Sulpice
Jean-Jacques Olier chose the blessed Virgin Mary as the first patron of the Seminary of Saint-Sulpice.
He determined that the principal feast of the house would be that of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin in the Temple. Celebrated in the east from the end of the eighth century, this feast honors the gift of herself that Mary gave to God before the Annunciation.
The Society has always kept this feast as its principal solemnity, seeing in the complete consecration of Mary the model of priestly service.