Ndola, 22 September, 2020 / 11:28 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Bishop in Zambia has urged formators at the newly established St. Benedict Diocesan Seminary to be patient in journeying with seminarians as they prepare them to serve God as Priests and “not be like policemen who are just looking for mistakes.”
“To the staff charged with the task of forming the young people, remember that the people entrusted to you are not already formed; they are not perfect; they are here to be molded, to be formed into what the church would like so that they may be useful in the evangelizing effort of the church,” Bishop Benjamin Phiri of Zambia’s Ndola Diocese said Monday, September 21.
Bishop Phiri encouraged those entrusted with the role of journeying with the seminarians to play the role of formators and “not be like policemen who are just looking for mistakes. A formator should not be like that.”
He was presiding over the Holy Eucharist to mark the beginning of the Ndola-based Seminary, with seminarians drawn from Zambia’s Archdiocese of Lusaka and the Diocese of Ndola expected to start their Spiritual year before proceeding on with studies in philosophy at the same institution.
In the event that a seminarian leaves the formation house because they have failed, the 61-year-old Prelate said, formators should ask themselves “how far they have failed themselves because they have failed to form this person. That’s why the person is going away.”