O Jesus, living in Mary,
Come and live in your servants, in the spirit of holiness,
In the fullness of your power, in the perfection of your ways,
In the truth of your virtues, in the communion of your mysteries.
Rule over every adverse power, in your Spirit,
For the glory of the Father. Amen.
– Father Jean-Jacques Olier, S.S.
The formation program of Theological College is guided by the principles and ethos of the Sulpician Fathers as articulated by Father Jean-Jacques Olier, founder of the Society of St. Sulpice: “to live supremely for God in Christ Jesus our Lord, so much so that the inner life of His only Son should penetrate to the inmost depths of our heart and to such an extent that everyone should be able to say ‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.’” Originally founded to reform the clergy in 1630s France, the Society retains its commitment of “developing men of character, educating effective priests, forming pastoral leaders and nurturing an apostolic spirit.”
The Society’s five hallmarks are: a commitment to ministerial priesthood; the cultivation of an apostolic spirit; an emphasis on spiritual formation; the creation of a formational community; and the exercise of collegiality.
This approach gives special emphasis and recognition to the importance of mental prayer and spiritual direction. Particular devotion to Our Lady under the title Sedes Sapientiae, Seat of Wisdom, is another distinctive characteristic.