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: http://books.google.com/books?id=lEF2PSj_S-QC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=falseThis 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.
Monday, February 16, 2015
The Seminary of Montreal: powerhouse seminary of the 19th century
My friend, A.S., writes from California: