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The Franco-Canadian Solitude, a program run by the Sulpician Provinces of France and Canada for new candidates to the Society of Saint-Sulpice, is underway in Oka, just outside Montreal. The five-month intensive program introduces new Sulpicans to the history, spirituality, and pedagogy of the Society.
This year there are twelve participants, all priests: 5 Africans, 2 Vietnamese, 1 Chinese, 1 Frenchmen, and 3 Colombians.
M. Argiro RESTROPO, pss, a Colombian who is a Professor of Theology at Le Grand Séminaire de Montréal, directs the Solitude. He is assisted by M. Paul ROUMANET, pss, the Socius, who comes from France. Many different members of the Society participate in the program by giving week-long presentations on many different themes relating to priestly formation according to the Sulpician method.
The U.S. Province of Sulpicians has a separate Solitude program, which takes place over three successive summers. All new Sulpicians participate in the mois sulpicien, a month-long international program that familiarizes them with the history and cultural context of the Sulpicians rooted in France. The next mois sulpicien is scheduled for July 2015 at Le Grand Séminaire de Saint-Sulpice in Issy-les-Moulineaux, just outside Paris.
Below is recent photo during the program given by M. Bernard PITAUD, pss, the former Provincial of the French Province.
From left to right:
Above: Ortiz Pérez Wilber, Badou Patrick Modeste, Pham Thanh Thao, Legba S. Pamphile, Bui Ngoc Nam, Aïzannon Daniel Eugène M., Goulard Emmanuel Claude
Below: Roumanet Paul pss, Bustamante Jorge Enrique, Hebakourila Aimé-Thierry, Restrepo Argiro pss, Pitaud Bernard pss, BungienaNzonzi Thomas, Giraldo Aristizábal Juan Diego, Han Panlu