The Grand Séminaire de Montréal, has seen its heritage enhancement efforts rewarded with five of its architectural elements recently designated as heritage assets by the Québec Government’s ministère de la Culture et des Communications.
Included are the chapel, the crypt, the central staircase, the library reserve and the employee chapel.
The announcement was made today from the main chapel, in the presence of the Archbishop of Montréal, his Excellency Monsignor Christian Lépine, the Montréal City Council Chair, Mr. Frantz Benjamin, the rector of the Grand Séminaire de Montréal, Jaroslaw Kaufmann, PSS, and of the Executive Director of the Fondation du Grand Séminaire de Montréal, Mr. Sébastien Froidevaux.
"We are proud that the heritage value of the Grand Séminaire de Montréal has now been recognized. The time is right, on the eve of the 375th anniversary of Montréal, for the people of Québec to discover its cultural and historical treasures," said rector father Jaroslav Kaufmann, PSS. "The Priests of Saint-Sulpice were witnesses and architects of the creation of Montréal, and their contribution is an integral part of the city's evolution over the centuries."
The inclusion in the cultural heritage register indicates the government's recognition of the Grand Séminaire de Montréal's artistic, historic and decorative assets, based on the value added from their association with the Sulpicians and their activities, which have greatly contributed to the development of Montréal.
In this commemorative year, we cannot forget the part the Priests of St. Sulpice played in the establishment of the permanent village of Ville-Marie and the founding of Montréal.
Event this summer
The cultural and religious heritage of the Sulpicians, dating back to the creation of Montréal, will be showcased this summer at an exhibition to be held at the Vieux Séminaire de Saint-Sulpice, next to Notre-Dame Church, on Place d'Armes, allowing Montrealers and Quebecers to go back in timeand discover their past.
For more information about the Fondation du Grand Séminaire de Montréal: fgsm.org
For more information about the Grand Séminaire de Montréal: www.gsdm.qc.ca
For more information about the Institut de formation théologique de Montréal: www.iftm.ca