In the last months, four young men between 18 y 28 have joined the Seminary in order to begin their formation towards priesthood. Three of them, of Tanzanian nationality (two from Dar es Salaam and one from the city of Mwanza, on the shores of Lake Victoria), arrived last January. The other, from Costa Rica, joined in the month of April. With them, the number of seminarians is 27, from twelve different countries.
In their journey to priesthood, they will have to undertake studies of philosophy and theology. They will also do pastoral work in local parishes, and as itinerant catechists of the Neocatechumenal Way. They will be available to be sent anywhere the Church requires them, just as they have been available to go to any of the 120 Redemptoris Mater seminaries around the globe, and have been sent to the one in Dar es Salaam.
These new vocations to “leave everything and follow Jesus” are a fruit of the Neocatechumenal Way, an itinerary of Christian initiation for young people and adults, which is present through 21,300 communities in 134 countries of the five continents. It has been present in Tanzania since 1987, and currently develops its ministry in 30 parishes of seven different dioceses: Dar es Salaam, Dodoma (the official capital city), Arusha, Mwanza, Morogoro, Bukoba and Tanga