Monday, February 16, 2015

The Seminary of Montreal: powerhouse seminary of the 19th century

My friend, A.S., writes from California:
I think you would enjoy the first 8 to 10 pages of In Its Corporate Capacity by Brian Young (history, McGill U.). He studies the Sulpician Seminary in Montreal as a business. The first pages are devoted to the founder, Fr. Jean Jacques Olier. I have always wondered why the Sulpicians had such an enviable reputation. Professor Young explains why. Fr. Olier was a genius. From one seminary in Paris, soon he had 20 all over France. The relevant text is online at Google Books:
This makes for an inspiring and eye-opening story that helps to fill in some significant gaps, certainly in my own intellectual history of the Church in the New World.