Dodoma, 08 January, 2021 / 5:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The Number of young men choosing Priesthood in Tanzania is reportedly on the rise, Church leaders in the East African countries have observed while opening a Seminary that will be a home to hundreds of seminarians drawn from across the country.
Nazareth Major Seminary, which was opened by Catholic Bishops in Tanzania last December has already received over 100 Major Seminarians keen to embark on their journey of formation to the Priesthood, according to a report.
Located in Tanzania’s Kahama Diocese in the North-west of Dodoma, the capital of Tanzania, the new Major Seminary is expected to make up for the lack of places in the other inter-diocesan seminaries, which are completely full, a Church official has said.
In a Friday, January 8 Vatican News report, Fr. Leonard Maliva, Vice President of the Apostolic Union of the Clergy of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) says that the flourishing of vocations has been encouraged by the growth in the number of indigenous priests and bishops, as well as the declining number of missionaries from other countries.
“A few years ago, the Parishes were few but very large by extension, and the faithful, especially in the villages, saw the Priests once a month,” Fr. Maliva says January 8 report.