Spiritan Missinary Seminary

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E-book Installation

Students in Class

SMS House

Karibuni Kwetu

SMS Grotto

Our Lady of Africa

SMS Graduation

Congratulations Class of 2016


Some SMS Lecturers and TCU Team


Members of Afforestation Committee (L to R) Ekwaro Brayan, Francis Juma and Wanjama James taking seedlings for planting Members of Afforestation Committee (L to R) Wanjama James, Francis Juma and Nsibambi Gonzaga planting seedlings


SMS Students and workers cutting firewood for kitchen, a task which will be significantly reduced since the installation of a new gas cooking system


Rt. Reverend Rogath Kimaryo, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Same and our guest of honour in this 28th graduation ceremony, Reverend Fr. Kastory Kisuda, the Assistant to the Provincial Superior of the Province of Tanzania, Reverend Fr. Patrick Mwania, Councilor for Formation of the Province of Kenya, my colleagues in the teaching and supporting staff, parents of our granduands, friends, relatives, esteemed guests, ladies and gentlemen.

It is with great honour I welcome you all to this 28th graduation ceremony of our young men. We know you spare part of your most valuable time and put aside all other activities that you could have been doing now in order to grace this big day for our graduands. On behalf of the entire seminary community and on my own personal behalf, I would like to welcome you all at SMS. Some of you have travelled long distances to reach this place. This is a positive sign to show how you value us and the work we are doing here of preparing the workers for the Lord’s vineyard.

A cordial and fraternal welcome to you Rt. Reverend Bishop Rogath Kimaryo our Guest of honour, and I would like to express special gratitude for setting aside your time to grace our event. I know the tight schedule you have, yet you were able to spare time for this. We feel honoured to welcome you not only as a guest of honour, but as well as the former rector of the SMS in 1997 -1998. What you did as the former rector in those days speak louder than words: the trees which you planted along the road leading to the seminary, the various projects in which you were involved in and which earned you the nickname – Projects (meaning a man of projects), are but a few signs and foot-steps which you left here which have enabled those who came after you to emulate and allow our SMS to be what it is today. Today we want to say: KARIBU NYUMBANI! Welcome home.

          At this point, may I introduce to you my colleagues in the teaching staff.....

Your Lordship, today we have 31 young men who have successfully completed their three year program in Philosophy and Religious Studies. We request you to award them their diplomas. As we are affiliated to the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), they (31 Students) sat as well for the BA degree in philosophy whose graduation will take place at CUEA campus in Nairobi on the 2rd of October 2016. They began their journey in August 2013 while they were 31 students. We congratulate them for their strong spirit of resilience and perseverance. They were determined and focused in spite of the challenges that they met on the way. As individuals they were hard working, dedicated group who thoroughly deserve their success.

To our graduands, three years ago you started as a very shy group looking a bit shocked to actually be at the Seminary of Philosophy. Along the way we threw many challenging educational issues at you, stretched you, taught you to learn and asked you to adapt to changing curricula as the requirements changed. You did well to relish the challenges and your achievements are a testament to your abilities. Well done!

The philosophical knowledge that you acquired in the course of the past three years is not to remain in the academic papers that you will receive today and later on from CUEA. It is all intended to help you in any place and at any time as you continue to search for what is true, good and beautiful and being sure about it, to defend it at all cost. This knowledge will enable you to make a distinction between what is true and what is false; convinced that this is the surest way to freedom. Jesus teaches us that knowing the truth will set us free (Jn. 8:32). During your three years here you have received Philosophical knowledge as well as spiritual formation. Both are meant to help you to continue to discover the merciful love of God in your life and in the life of others to help them to experience the same. Empty intellectuals are simply a tragedy to humanity and nature; we sincerely hope that you will be men who are rooted in faith. The human formation you have received is meant to help you first to be at peace with yourselves, with others and ultimately with God. It is only then that you will be able to serve God and his people; freely and whole-heartedly. You have completed your paper exams successfully and now you are graduating, but the exam of life is still on until that day known only to your Creator: be wise, prudent and gentle in whatever situation you will find yourself, be guided by the philosophical wisdom and more importantly by the Holy Spirit. For those who will continue with the journey to priestly/religious/missionary vocation, I encourage you and pray that you will be able to give God the gift of yourself and allow yourselves to be that broken Eucharist as Christ was so that you may be faithful labourers in the vine-yard of the Master. For those who after discernment have discovered a different direction, I pray for you as well that wherever you will be, your life may reflect the education and formation that you have received here at SMS.

Last but not least, I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the entire teaching staff. Like any production, behind the scenes there is a lot of effort put into each lesson. You do not seek any praise but your skill and dedication to the task of educating our SMS students is enormous. I am privileged to work with such a dedicated team every day.

Thanks also to the supporting team for your dedication to the SMS students and the way you love to let them take center stage. You have spent many extra hours over and above what you are paid for, just to find that extra help you can give to each student. You are a true group of professionals. Today I feel enormously proud of everyone and thankful to each one of you

A word of gratitude to all who in one way or another have worked tirelessly to prepare this day: staff, students as well as those who were hired for various services. A special word of thanks to the secretariat for the long hours they spent in preparing all the necessary documents for the graduation. To the graduating class thanks for their positive contribution they have made to the SMS in the past three years. I wish you all a good celebration and safe journey to your respective destinations. May God bless you all.

Fr. Evarist Shayo, CSSp



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Our Status

The Spiritan Missionary Seminary – SMS – is a Philosophical Institute, which is owned and administered by the Congregation of the Holy Ghost, otherwise known as Spiritans.
The SMS is open to receive students from other Congregations and Society.