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.

Formative team

  • Rector

    Fr. Michele Tronchin
    Diocese of Rome

  • Vice-rector

    Fr. Marek Saran
    Diocese of Rome

Seminarians

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:

Dominican Republic, Chile, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ivory Coast, Angola, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, India, Spain, Italy
1 in parish pastoral mission, 3 in itinerant pastoral mission, 4 finishing studies, 19 in the Seminary
19 in the Seminary
4 finishing studies
3 in itinerant mission
1 in parish mission

Ordained priests

  • Fr. Asis

    Fr. Asis Mendoça

    Origin: India
    Ordained: 2007
    Mission: Parish priest in Dar es Salaam

  • Fr. Jose

    Fr. José Girón Anguiozar

    Origin: Spain
    Ordained: 2016
    Mission: Further theological studies

  • Fr. Eduardo

    Fr. Eduardo Santos Ramos

    Origin: El Salvador
    Ordained: 2017
    Mission: Vice-Parish priest in Dar es Salaam

Ordained deacons

  • Alset Oyubo

    Origin: Kenya
    Ordained: 2019

  • Gregory Kijanga

    Origin: Tanzania
    Ordained: 2019

  • Murivan Brandão

    Origin: Brazil
    Ordained: 2019

  • Jaime Paim

    Origin: Angola
    Ordained: 2019