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25th Anniversary of Sulpicans at St. Joseph Seminary

  • 17 September 2015
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25th Anniversary of Sulpicans at St. Joseph Seminary

Twenty-Five Years of Sulpician Presence at St. Joseph Seminary

In 1990, the Archbishop of Edmonton, Joseph N. MacNeil, invited the Canadian Province of the Society of St. Sulpice to take charge of the program of priestly formation at St. Joseph Seminary. The first Sulpician team of three priests arrived in the Fall of that year and was composed of Sulpician Fathers Lionel Gendron (as Rector) and David Brabant, together with Fr. Luc Bouchard, a Priest who had been teaching at the Grand Séminaire de Montréal with them.  Ever since, Sulpicians and their co-workers have given themselves generously to the work of formation at the Seminary as well as teaching at Newman Theological College. This year we are celebrating twenty-five years of Sulpician presence with gratitude and much joy.  

The festivities of this anniversary year commenced with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on September 2, the Memorial of the Sulpician Martyrs (and the anniversary of the death of M. Louis-Paul Gauvreau, PSS, Rector of the Seminary in 2004). Present at this sacred liturgy with the current formation team and Seminary community were a number of former team members, staff and friends.

During the Mass, the Most Rev. Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton, blessed a new icon of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the Seminary chapel, an icon written by Mr. André Prévost. The Presentation of Our Lady in the Temple is the Patronal Feast of the Society of St. Sulpice, chosen by the founder M. Jean-Jacques Olier. This image in the chapel where the Seminary community comes to pray throughout the day will be a inspiring sign of Our Lady as a temple of the Word of God, her protection of the Seminary, and will also be a discreet reminder of the contribution of the Sulpicians to the Church in Edmonton and Western Canada.

submitted by Fr. Stephen Hero, Rector

Left to Right: Fr. Marco Forero (former director); Fr. Stephen Hero (current Rector); Bishop Lionel Gendron (first Sulpician Rector at St. Joseph Seminary); Fr. Shayne Craig (rector 2005-2012, current director); Bishop Luc Bouchard (Rector 2000-2001); Fr. Robert Gauthier (director); Bishop Paul Terrio (former director); Fr. Miguel Castellanos; Archbishop Joseph MacNeil (Archbishop of Edmonton at the time, initiated the whole process); Fr. Stefano Penna; Archbishop Richard Smith; Fr. Brian Inglis (director); Archbishop Emelius Goulet (Sulpician Provincial Superior in 1990); Fr. Adam Lech (Chancellor); Bishop Greg Bittman; Fr. Jacques D'Arcy (current Sulpician Provincial Superior); Fr. Augusto Garcia (director); Fr. Eric Sylvestre (former director); Fr. David Norman, ofm; Fr. Don MacDonald, ofm

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