Montreal Archdiocese is abandoning its Grand Seminaire which once trained up to 200 seminarians at a time (OttawaMatters.com, August 23).
As a consequence of the continuing decline of the Church since Vatican II, there are only about 20 seminarians left. The building’s legacy dates back nearly to the city's founding.
Seminarians have lived in the building since it was completed in 1857, but Sulpician priests have been on the site since the 1670s. They have been training new priests since the 1840s.
The new seminary is a 60s-era former nuns' residence in the Rosemont-Petite-Patrie borough with a small chapel, and room for about 20 seminarians.
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