Senegal’s Kolda Diocese Announces Creation of Theology School for Laity’s Formation

The Our Lady of Victory Cathedral in Senegal's Kolda Diocese.

The leadership of Senegal’s Diocese of Kolda has announced the creation of a School of Theology aimed at fostering the formation of the Lay faithful in the Diocese that is in the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Dakar. 

“I have come, with faith and hope, to announce the creation, as of January 2021, a ‘Theology School’,” the Episcopal Vicar in charge of formation in the Diocese of Kolda, Fr. Séraphin-Raphaël Ntab, has been quoted as saying.

In the Monday, December 14 report, Fr. Ntab says that the School, which has been named after Pope emeritus Benedict XVI will “respond to the need for doctrinal training of the laity in a world where doctrine is expressed in the plural and the risk for the untrained layman would be to get lost in the meanders of teachings with an unsafe doctrinal line.”

To be based in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Victories of Kolda Diocese, the Theology School will have free of charge training sessions once a month.

However, new members will be required to pay 15,000 CFA Francs (US$27.00) as registration fee.


In the December 14 report, the Cleric serving in 21-year-old Diocese also explains that online courses will be organized for the people of God who may experience difficulty in travelling to the Cathedral. 

Pope Benedict XVI School of Theology is a project born from the year-long Diocesan Synod held under the theme “Church of Kolda, sign of the presence of the Risen Christ.”

“The club remains a beautiful adventure, will continue until 2022,” says the Senegalese Cleric.

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.