St. Mary's Seminary & University

Sulpician Tradition

Sulpician IconSt. Mary’s Seminary & University, our nation’s first seminary, was established by the Sulpician Fathers in 1791. Sulpicians are diocesan priests dedicated to priestly formation and seminary work. They were founded by Jean-Jacques Olier at the parish of Saint-Sulpice in Paris in 1641.

Sulpicians direct seminaries in France, Canada, the United States, Columbia, Zambia, Malawi, and Viet Nam. In addition to St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Sulpicians also direct Theological College (Washington, DC) and Assumption Seminary (San Antonio). The Superior General of the Society of St. Sulpice, V. Rev. Shayne Craig, P.S.S., resides in Paris. The Provincial Superior for the American Province of the Society of St. Sulpice, V. Rev. Daniel F. Moore, P.S.S., resides in Baltimore.

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