The Redemptoris Mater Seminary in the Magisterium of the Church

The Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary “Redemptoris Mater” of Dar es Salaam, as every other Redemptoris Mater in the world is firmly based upon the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, especially the Second Vatican Council, as well as the teaching of the Popes and the Statutes of the Neocatechumenal Way, approved by the Holy See in 2008.

A new international, missionary clergy

“The spiritual gift which priests receive at their ordination prepared them not for a sort of limited and narrow mission but for the widest possible and universal mission of salvation “even to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8), for every priestly ministry shares in the universality of the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles. The priesthood of Christ, in which all priests really share, is necessarily intended for all peoples and all times, and it knows no limits of blood, nationality or time, since it is already mysteriously prefigured in the person of Melchisedech. Let priests remember, therefore, that the care of all churches must be their intimate concern. (…) To accomplish this purpose there should be set up international seminaries.”

“The instruction of students is to provide that they have solicitude not only for the particular church in whose service they are to be incardinated but also for the universal Church, and that they show themselves prepared to devote themselves to particular churches which are in grave need.”

…and at the same time, diocesan

“These diocesan seminaries belong to the bishop. We have just helped new vocations to flourish. The seminarians are available to the bishop, who sends them wherever there is a true need: to the regions of the world where the people’s faith is threatened because of the scarcity of priests.” (Words of Kiko Argüello on the occasion of John Paul II’s visit to the archdiocesan missionary Seminary “Redemptoris Mater” of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 11/October/1992)

John Paul II “The decision as to where you are eventually sent is up to the Bishop, who has at heart both the needs of his Diocese and the requirements of the universal mission. By entrusting yourselves to his decisions with confident and affable obedience, you will find your inner peace and serenity and will be able to express in every case your missionary charism, given that also here in Rome, pastoral care is and must be more and more marked by the priority of evangelization”

The importance of the Neocatechumenal Way

Benedict XVI“Priests and seminarians […] You are a special and an eloquent sign of the fruits of goodness that can be born rediscovering the grace of your Baptism. We look to you with special hope: be priests in love with Christ and his Church, who can broadcast to the world the joy of having encountered the Lord and of being able to serve him.”