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Sulpicians

The Society of St.-Sulpice was organized in 1642 by J.J. Olier* in the parish of St.-Sulpice in Paris. Sulpicians are secular priests whose principal task is the theological education of parish clergy. As secular priests, Sulpicians take no special vows and are permitted to hold private property. Nevertheless they are expected to use their property in the service of Christ and to own it as though they did not have it. Theological training has never meant for the Sulpicians merely instruction in Scripture and dogmatics without spiritual formation and devotion to prayer and ascetism. To encourage the spiritual formation of their students, Sulpicians live a common life with them and share their spiritual exercises. In the past Sulpicians were strongly Thomist in their theology, though their spirituality followed the methods developed by their third superior-general, L. Tronson (1676-1700).