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About the Seminaries


"The institution of the major seminary, as the best place for formation, is to be certainly reaffirmed as the normal place, in the material sense as well, for a community and hierarchical life, indeed as the proper home for the formation of candidates for the priesthood, with superiors who are truly dedicated to this service. This institution has produced many good results down the ages and continues to do so all over the world. The seminary can be seen as a place and a period in life. But it is above all an educational community in progress: It is a community established by the bishop to offer to those called by the Lord to serve as apostles the possibility of re - living the experience of formation which our Lord provided for the Twelve. In fact, the Gospels present a prolonged and intimate sharing of life with Jesus as a necessary premise for the apostolic ministry." Pastores dabo vobis, 60

For centuries the Church has developed and nurtured seminaries as the proper setting for the preparation to the priesthood and these institutions continue to be of vital importance to the life of the Church. The decree on priestly training of the Second Vatican Council Optatam Totius, promulgated on the 28th of October 1965 by Pope St. Paul VI, refers to the seminary "as the heart of the diocese". (Optatam Totius, 5). The document goes on to make a most important statement: "The duty of fostering vocations pertains to the whole Christian community." It is thus incumbent on all the faithful not only to grow in awareness of the indispensable role that seminaries have in the life of the Church but to also support them, each one in whatever way possible.

The activities of the national seminaries are under the direction of the Seminaries Episcopal Commission which is a committee of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB). Currently the Seminary Episcopal Commission consists of Rt. Rev. Maurice Muhatia Makumba, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru as the chairman, Rt. Rev. Peter Kihara of the Catholic Diocese of Marsabit as the vice-chairman, Rt. Rev. Joseph Obanyi Sagwe of the Catholic Diocese of Kakamega and Bishop Joseph Maluki Mwongela of the Catholic Diocese of Kitui.

The Rector is the administrator of the seminary. He coordinates all activities in the seminary and reports to the Seminaries Episcopal Commission, to the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops and other stakeholders.