Theological College (The Catholic University of America)

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Theological College
The seal of Theological College
Latin: Seminarium Sancti Sulpitii
Former names
Sulpician Seminary
Established 1917 (1917)
Type Seminary
Affiliation Catholic Church (Society of Saint-Sulpice)
Rector Rev. Phillip J. Brown, S.S.
Vice-Rector Rev. Gerald D. McBrearity, S.S.
Location 401 Michigan Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C., United States
Theological College

Theological College is a national Roman Catholic diocesan seminary located in Washington, D.C. Affiliated with The Catholic University of America, the seminary is owned and administered by priests of the Society of Saint-Sulpice. It was founded in 1917.

Theological College is located near the campus of Catholic University, across from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and next to Capuchin College and the Dominican House of Studies.


In 1889, priests belonging to the Society of Saint Sulpice were asked to administer the divinity college of the Catholic University of America. In 1917, they began building their own seminary next to the university. The Sulpician Seminary was first run as an extension of Saint Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland, but became an independent institution in 1924. In 1940, the Catholic University school of theology assumed responsibility for training its seminarians, whereupon the seminary was renamed Theological College.[1]

Academic programs[edit]

The Order of Saint-Sulpice focuses on training priests through its seminaries.[2] To that end, the Theological College provides priestly formation through three separate academic programs: a two-year certified pre-theology program; a theology program; and the Basselin scholars program for undergraduate-level seminarians.[1] The latter program, named in honor of Theodore B. Basselin, is administered by the Catholic University school of philosophy.[1]

The seminary educates and forms seminarians from the following dioceses: Arlington, Baltimore, Beaumont, Bridgeport, Camden, Charleston, Chifeng (China), Dallas, Fort Worth, Great Falls-Billings, Hartford, Helena, Iaşi (Romania), Jefferson City, Lafayette, Little Rock, Louisville, Lubbock, Madison, Nanterre (France), New York, Paterson, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Rapid City, Richmond, Rochester, Rockville Centre, San Francisco, Savannah, Seattle, Spokane, Syracuse, Trenton, Washington, Wheeling-Charleston, Worcester, and Xi'an (China).[3]


The fifteenth and current rector of Theological College is the Very Reverend Phillip J. Brown, S.S., J.C.D., J.D., who assumed this position in March 2011. He succeeded the Very Reverend Melvin C. Blanchette, S.S., Ph.D., who served as rector from 2007 to 2011.[4] The current acting vice-rector is the Reverend Anthony J. Pogorelc, S.S. while vice-rector Reverend Gerald D. McBrearity, S.S, is on sabbatical. The faculty includes six other priests, five of whom are Sulpicians, who are appointed by the Sulpician Provincial Council, and one deacon. The position of rector must be approved by both the president of the Catholic University and the archbishop of Washington.[1]

Notable alumni[edit]

Theological College is the alma mater of over 1,500 priests, including 45 bishops and six cardinals.[2] These include:


  1. ^ a b c d "Mission and History". Theological College. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Theological College, Washington, D.C.". What We Do. Sulpician Order. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sending Dioceses". Theological College. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Rev. Phillip J. Brown, S.S., Named Rector of the Theological College of The Catholic University of America (PR release)". Catholic University of America. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 

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Coordinates: 38°55′51″N 76°59′58″W / 38.93083°N 76.99944°W / 38.93083; -76.99944