Catholic Bishops in Malawi Seeking Financial Support for Formation of Major Seminarians

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM). Credit: Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) Communications

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) are reaching out to the faithful and well-wishers in the Southern African nation to “generously” support the formation of Diocesan Major Seminarians.

In a statement signed by the ECM Secretary General, Fr. Henry Saindi, Catholic Bishops in Malwi say they believe that all Christians have a role to play in the formation of the future agents of evangelization.

“We are therefore being asked to give generously bearing in mind the financial challenges faced by our Seminaries,” ECM members say in the statement that is expected to be read across all Catholic Churches in Malawi on the occasion of the National Seminary Day and National Seminary Fund observed on the Solemnity of Pentecost. 

In the statement, the Catholic Bishops say observing the National Seminary Day on Pentecost Sunday is significant because “it was on Pentecost Sunday, fifty days after Easter Sunday, that the Holy Spirit descended with power and dwelt in the Apostles and their followers, thus began the mission of the Church in the world.”

“The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of courage and zeal for God. Therefore, let us show our zeal for God by offering our best towards the support of our major seminaries,” ECM members say about the annual fundraising initiative that they established on Pentecost Sunday in 2017.


They also call upon Christians and all people of good will “to subscribe” to the initiative and make financial contributions and pledges to the National Seminary Fund whose aim is to assemble finances for supporting Seminaries on a regular and sustainable basis. 

“All of us as individuals, families, Small Christian Communities and Church based ministries and organizations, are being invited to subscribe voluntarily to the Fund,” Catholic Bishops in Malawi say. 

They explain that people can contribute to the funds with as little as MWK500 (0.5US$) per month, which translates to MWK6,000 (US$6) yearly. Contributions can also be MWK5,000 (US$5) monthly, a total of MWK60,000 (US$60) per year. 

Christians and well-wishers may also choose to adopt one or more Major Seminarians by paying for their needs during the formation to the Priesthood.

They say that spiritual formation centers cost MWK150,000 (US$146) per Seminarian per semester, while the Major Seminaries for Philosophy and Theology cost MK350,000 (US$340) for each Seminarian per semester.  

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The Catholic Church leaders call on well-wishers to pick registration forms for contributing towards the national seminary fund in Catholic Parish offices and the Small Christian Communities. 

ECM members are seeking financial support for Major Seminarians at St. Anthony’s Kachebere Major Seminary for Philosophy, and at St. Peter’s Zomba Major Seminary for Theology.

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.