Very Rev. John C. Kemper, PSS, Retired Provincial Superior, Dies May 21

Very Rev. John C. Kemper, P.S.S., surrounded by family and friends, died on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Villa Olier following a lengthy illness.

Mass of the Lord's Supper

Sulpician priests in residence at Villa Olier celebrated mass on Holy Thursday.

Shown here are, in the back row, left to right: Fathers John C. Kemper, Daniel Doherty, Melvin C. Blanchette, Joseph J. Bonadio, and Jaime Robledo.

Seated in the front row are: Fathers David D. Thayer, Gerald L. Brown, and Michael L. Barré.

Fr. David Thayer Interviewed on Catholic Baltimore

Fr. David Thayer, P.S.S., senior researcher on the French School in the Sulpician Tradition, was interviewed for the Catholic Baltimore radio program that aired on March 29, 2020.

Fr. John E. McMurry's 89th Birthday

Fr. John E. McMurry, P.S.S., celebrated his 89th birthday on March 19, 2020, at Villa Olier with his confreres.

Fr. Kselman celebrates 80th birthday

Fr. John Kselman, P.S.S., celebrated his 80th birthday on February 16, 2020, at Villa Olier.

Fr. Richard MacDonough, PSS


Fr. MacDonough died on March 10, 2020, after being admitted to home hospice in September at Villa Olier in Catonsville, MD.


Fr. Reitz Celebrates 90th Birthday

Fr. Louis M. (Lou) Reitz, PSS, celebrated his 90th birthday On November 9, 2019,with family and confreres at Villa Olier.

Mois Sulpicien 2019

The Mois Sulpicien, an international Formation Program for  Sulpician candidates, was held at the Seminary Issy-les-Moulineaux from July 4 to 30, 2019. 

Sulpicians Gather

Last spring, the members of the U.S. Province gathered for a week of spiritual renewal, ongoing education, and provincial business at the Archbishop Brunett Center along Puget Sound in Federal Way, Washington, from May 25 to 30.

TC Providence Hall

Renovation and Blessing

Theological College now offers separate accommodations in its Providence Hall annex for eight student priests, who will enjoy the support and privileges of the seminary community while living in the renovated residence.

Sulpicians & Slavery

Fr. Thomas R. Ulshafer, PSS, shared the results of his research into the intertwined history of the Sulpicians and slavery in the early United States at an afternoon of lecture and discussion held Saturday, October 12, 2019.

We “Sulpician Fathers” have an uncommon name and a unique mission: the initial and ongoing formation of diocesan priests. In 1641, our founder, Fr. Jean-Jacques Olier, was the pastor of the Church of Saint Sulpice. He founded a community of diocesan priests in Paris specifically to prepare diocesan seminarians for the Roman Catholic priesthood. We Sulpicians have been dedicated to the work of forming priests after the heart of Jesus the Good Shepherd ever since.

Sulpicians came to the United States in 1791, arriving first in Baltimore. Since then, we have dedicated ourselves to assisting bishops by providing seminary education and ongoing formation for seminarians and our fellow priests.

In the United States, we have seminaries in Baltimore, Washington, DC, and San Antonio. Texas. Farther afield, we support seminaries in the Central African nations of Zambia and Malawi.

Quick Facts

■ Serve 57 Arch/dioceses and 19 International Arch/dioceses (11 of which are Zambian)
■ Staff an additional 5 seminaries (U.S. & Zambia)
■ Are responsible for a Baltimore parish of 800 families
■ Coordinate and facilitate the Biennial Institute for Seminary Formators
■ Operate three Sulpician seminaries with a total enrollment of 324
■ Founded by Fr. Jean-Jacques Olier

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Sedes Sapientiae

Sedes Sapientiae

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, the work of French sculptor Henri Bouriche (1826–1906). This statue is closely identified with the Sulpicians in the United States and may be ordered through this link..