A new kind of Seminary for a New Evangelization
Our Seminary is one among over a hundred Redemptoris Mater seminaries around the world. These seminaries are a product of the renewal brought by the Second Vatican Council, which drove a new missionary impetus in the whole Catholic Church. They are as well a fruit of the Neocatechumenal Way, an itinerary of Christian formation in which we all –seminarians and formators– take part, and within it we discovered our vocation.
As the Neocatechumenal Way proposes a renewal of parish life, it comes naturally that the seminaries emerged from it are diocesan. And, at the same time, they keep the missionary and international character that has inspired this charism.
In order to achieve an overall pastoral solidarity in Africa, it is necessary to promote the renewal of priestly formation. The words of the Second Vatican Council can never be pondered enough: “The spiritual gift which priests received at their Ordination prepares them not for any limited and narrow mission but for the widest scope of the universal mission ‘even to the very ends of the earth.’ (Acts 1:8)”
That is why I have urged priests “to make themselves readily available to the Holy Spirit and the Bishop, to be sent to preach the Gospel beyond the borders of their own country. This will demand of them not only maturity in their vocation, but also an uncommon readiness to detach themselves from their own homeland, culture and family, and a special ability to adapt to other cultures, with understanding and respect for them”.
John Paul II Ecclesia in Africa, 133.
The Redemptoris Mater Seminary of Dar es Salaam was erected in 2007 by Polycarp Card. Pengo in the Archdiocese of Dar es Salaam, of which he is archbishop. Since then, seminarians from different nations and cultures are formed to become priests. Seven of them have already finished their formation and are currently serving the local Church.
Fr. Michele Tronchin
Diocese of Rome
Fr. Marek Saran
Diocese of Rome
Currently, 27 young men are being formed for the presbyterate in our Seminary, coming from 12 different nations. All of them have discovered their vocation within a Neocatecumenal community, a process of Christian formation recognised as “an effective means of Catholic formation for society and for the present time” by S. John Paul II:
Fr. Asis Mendoça
Mission: Parish priest in Dar es Salaam
Fr. José Girón Anguiozar
Mission: Further theological studies
Fr. Eduardo Santos Ramos
Origin: El Salvador
Mission: Vice-Parish priest in Dar es Salaam