TANZANIA: Bishops to Review Admission Criteria to Junior Seminaries

DAR ES SALAAM, SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 (CISA)-Catholic Bishops of the Eastern Ecclesiastical Province have expressed their concerns on the admission criteria of students into the minor seminaries in the region.

The bishops, during their ordinary meeting held on September 3, noted that while boys are flocking into minor seminaries, less priestly vocations are forthcoming.

“We agreed that we are going to review the mode of selection for admission to our Junior Seminaries to ensure that we give more opportunities to those with priestly vocations,” said the Auxiliary Bishop of Dar-es-Salaam Rt. Rev. Eusebius Alfred Nzigilwa in an interview with AMECEA online news.

The bishop noted that although the enrolment in Major Seminaries in the past three years has been increasing, a greater percentage of those students come from private or public secondary schools, and not from junior Seminaries.

Bishop Nzigilwa also said that during their meeting, they recommitted themselves to seeking improvement in management and service delivery in the Catholic Schools and health institutions in their dioceses.

The Bishops also deliberated on preparations for celebrations to mark 150 years since the arrival of the first Catholic Missionaries in the country at Bagamoyo, the entry point of Catholic Evangelization to mainland Tanzania. The National celebrations are scheduled for 4th November 2018.