Tradition and Transformation in Catholic Culture: The Priests of Saint Sulpice in the United States from 1791 to the Present

Citation: 
Kauffman, Christopher J. Tradition and Transformation in Catholic Culture: The Priests of Saint Sulpice in the United States from 1791 to the Present. New York: Macmillan, 1988.
Abstract: 

Christopher J. Kauffman chronicles the history of the Sulpicians from the society's origins in seventeenth-century France to its ministry in the post- Vatican II United States. His exhaustively researched study focuses on the American experience, but also illuminates developments in France that influenced the Sulpicians' work in the New World. According to Kauffman, the Sulpicians, a community of diocesan priests founded in 1641 by Jean-Jacques Olier, hoped to renew the church by providing it with a well-prepared clergy. The society became known for seminaries that emphasized a simple and structured lifestyle, rigorous theological training, and strong bonds between faculty and students.

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