Spiritan Missinary Seminary

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E-book Installation

Students in Class

SMS House

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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


Guest of honour, teaching staff and non teaching staff of SMS family, friends, relatives, fellow grandaunts, and everyone else present, good afternoon. It is indeed a good afternoon. To my colleagues, well, we did it.We all accomplished one of the major early milestones of our religious life: philosophical graduation. This is a major step in the journey of our lives, one that should be recognized for its immense significance.

  It is an act not only of personal commitment, but also one of pride. We all worked hard to get to this day, and our work did not go to waste. Philosophy is a wonderful tool in this world, one that opens many doors of relevant knowledge for anyone who is lucky enough to have it. But graduation is not an end goal in itself; it is instead a part of the larger journey of life. Wherever your future takes you, let it take you somewhere. Life is a journey, and all accomplishments we achieve during its course should be taken as starting points for further achievements. Our graduation should serve as such a launching point, projecting us to wherever our futures are meant to take us, whether we land ourselves a career, take up a trade, or continue with our religious formation.

And to you my brothers, whom we dearly love, but it is necessary that we leave you behind, listen to this very short tale:

There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?”

I would wish to remind you that we often forget, or take for granted the most obvious things around us. Surely it’s difficult to stay aware of what’s happening in the world, especially when you’re too busy dealing with the monologue inside your head. Always busy with what people say about you, or how the formatters perceive you to be.

That’s not what a college education is about, and on the same scale, it’s not what religious life is about. It’s about learning how to think, exercising some degree of control over your thoughts so you can choose what to pay attention to, what to consume and what to discard as a piece of crap.

Your thoughts affect your realities; and the ability to choose how you construct meaning from experience will determine the lenses from which you see the world and how you react in return.

To all of us present here today, we too should know that we are all in a struggle. A struggle to improve the world; a struggle to make reasonable changes. However, we’re not going to get very far in life based on what we already know. We’re only going to advance in life by what we’re going to learn after what we know.

Education doesn’t stop after we graduate from college. It doesn’t stop after we finish our Masters or PhD either. Wisdom acquisition is a moral duty. It’s not just something we do to advance in life.

It’s a moral duty because it’s only through continuous learning that we can add to the vast knowledge of mankind. If we stopped learning, progress in all industries—computers, finance, engineering, biology, ethics and anything else stops as well. Therefore, no matter what we presently are, we all have a duty and that duty is our challenge.

Finally, I would wish to appreciate the wonderful work that our lecturers have done. All these gentle men present here today in red gowns is an evidence of selfless giving of our lecturers.

For instance, the lecturers of various languages that we have learnt have faced a daunting task. French, latin; and even Hebrew and Greek to some extent, are now to us like munching on a loaf bread, but ask Fr. Arnold for example, to narrate to you what faced handling us for three years. He will tell you that it takes courage to accomplish whatever he has accomplished in us.

You deserve all the honour our revered instructors. Thank you and God bless you.

Thanks to everyone, thanks to SMS, God bless SMS.

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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.