Christ the King Major Seminary, Nyeri
The idea of building a seminary for the Archdiocese of Nyeri was conceived by the late Rt. Rev.
Caesar Maria Gatimu, of happy memory. Before he died he had sought and obtained the necessary
financial resources for the construction of the seminary. The idea was provoked by the abundance
of priestly vocations especially in the Archdiocese of Nyeri. It was becoming increasingly
difficult to get enough space in the national seminaries for all the young men presenting
themselves for the service of the Lord. He also wanted a seminary where young men would be
formed according to his vision of what a future priest should be like and also to train them
according to the specific needs of the Archdiocese of Nyeri.
The project of constructing the seminary was undertaken by Bishop Gatimu’s successor to the see
of Nyeri, the late Most Rev. Nicodemus Kirima. The new Archbishop set aside 200 acres for the
major seminary. He was fully involved in all facets of the construction and rallied the faithful
of the diocese to ensure the realization of the seminary building project. The seminary finally
opened its doors to the first group of 85 students on the 8th of March 1990. They were placed
under 7 priests as their formators.