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Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan's Tombura-Yambio Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Minor Seminary in South Sudan to Admit “ordinary students” to Study Alongside Seminarians

The Diocesan Minor Seminary of South Sudan’s Tombura-Yambio Diocese is set to admit students who do not intend to pursue Priestly formation to study alongside Seminarians.

Bishop Godfrey Onah interacting with some of the ex-seminarians of Nsukka Diocese during the April 8 reunion. Credit: Godfrey I.Onah Facebook /

“Be grateful to Church for formative experience”: Nigerian Bishop to Former Seminarians

At the maiden reunion of former seminarians of Nigeria’s Diocese of Nsukka, the Local Ordinary, Bishop Godfrey Igwebuike Onah, called on the ex-seminarians to be thankful “for the formative experience” they had while in the Seminary.

Fr. Habila Daboh - Rector of Nigeria's Good Shepherd Seminary / Fr. Habila Daboh

Nigeria’s Seminarians “more determined to study for priesthood” Since Murder of Colleague

A year after gunmen attacked the Good Shepherd Catholic Major Seminary in Nigeria’s Archdiocese of Kaduna, kidnapped four Seminarians and later killed one of them, the Rector of the formation center says Seminarians there are “more determined than ever” in their journey to Priesthood.

From left to right, Seminarians José Jaime Changa Meque, Stivini Elias and Rachide Lazaro Zacarias. /

Grim Future for Mozambique’s Seminarians as Bishops Cancel 2020 Academic Year

When Bishops in Mozambique announced the cancellation of the academic year 2020 in all Major Seminaries countrywide, sending seminarians in all the 12 Dioceses of the country back home, Stivini Elias, a third-year philosophy student in St Charles Lwanga Seminary in Nampula in Mozambique thought fast on how best he was going to use his time away from the Seminary.

Entrance to the St. Pius X Theological Major Seminary in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo. / Vatican News

Major Seminaries in Mozambique to Remain Closed as Academic Year 2020 is Canceled

Catholic Bishops in Mozambique have announced the cancellation of the academic year 2020 in all Major Seminaries, which will remain closed for the remaining part of the year amid increasing cases of COVID-19 in the Southern Africa nation.

Michael Nnadi, seminarian killed after having been abducted alongside three others on January 8, 2020 / Good Shepherd Major Seminary

Missing Nigerian Seminarian, Michael Nnadi Found “murdered by the bandits”

A day after the news of the release of two more seminarians who had been abducted January 8 alongside two others, a Nigerian Bishop has, “with a very heavy heart”, announced that the missing seminarian, a native of his diocese, had been murdered.

Four first-year philosophy seminarians abducted from the Good Shepherd Major Seminary in Nigeria's Kaduna State on the night of January 8, 2020. One of them is receiving medication at a Catholic hospital in Kaduna Archdiocese. / Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kaduna, Nigeria

One of Four Nigerian Seminarians Freed, Receiving Medication at Catholic Hospital

One of the four Nigerian first-year philosophy seminarians abducted January 8 from the Kaduna-based Good Shepherd Major Seminary was freed Saturday, January 18, having been dumped by the kidnappers along Nigeria’s Kaduna-Abuja highway. He was rescued by some Good Samaritans and he is receiving medication at a Catholic health facility, multiple sources have told ACI Africa.

The four first-year philosophy seminarians who were abducted from the Good Shepherd Major Seminary in Nigeria's Kaduna State on the night of January 8, 2020 / Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kaduna, Nigeria

“We pray for the speedy release of our Seminarians”: Bishops in Nigeria

Days after the abduction of four Nigerian Major Seminarians by men “wearing military uniform”, the Catholic Bishops of the West African nation, the most populous in Africa, are counting on the security agencies in their country to make real their assurance of securing the release of the seminarians and called for prayers for the seminarians’ “speedy release”.

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Discerning in, and discerning out: What happens when seminarians leave?

Catholic journalists know that discernment stories are popular because they give readers hope. And they often follow a pattern: They usually include a “God moment” in which the subject, through a dramatic circumstance, hears the word of God and finds with sparkling clarity the call to become a cleric or religious. They end with ordination or follow final vows.

Pope Francis May 15, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. /

In a De-Christianized World, Priests Should Be Pillars of Faith, Pope Francis Says

Priests should strive after a strong relationship with Christ, beginning in seminary, in order to be the guides in faith the de-Christianized society needs, Pope Francis said Monday.