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


Our dear guest of honour, Rev. Fr. Martin Andama, the Superior of the Spiritans of Uganda Foundation  based in Kampala, Uganda,

Dear guests, my fellow colleagues, alumni members, ladies and gentlemen.

It is my pleasure once again on behalf of the Spiritan Missionary Seminary and of the Academic Board, to extend a warm welcome to all of you especially the parents,. . .

the guardians, friends and relatives of the third year students who are graduating today.

I hope that you will feel at home and that your time here will be pleasant and fruitful and filled with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

I want to welcome again our guest of honour, V. Rev. Fr. Martin Andama and to thank him sincerely for being with us here. He came to SMS at the beginning of March on visitation this year, and I used that chance to  request him to be the guest of honour.  He immediately replied and confirmed that he will indeed come. I remember in his reply he said: “despite the pressure of work facing me presently, I shall do my utmost to come”.

Dear Fr Martin Andama,  I am enormously grateful and gracious for your endeavour to be with us.

We feel honoured by your presence and thank you again.

Similarly, I would like to turn to those who are graduating to-day, again on behalf of the Seminary and of the Academic Board, I want to offer my sincere and heartfelt congratulations to you on the successful completion of your studies at this Institute and on your Graduation Day. Maybe some of you are saying “Well I am happy and relieved it’s finally done.  Now I can move to other possibilities of life to continue with my self-actualisation”. I can assure you that, it is not over yet. It is now beginning. As you go out you will be required to give testimony by translating the theoretical knowledge into action.  You have become ambassadors of truth and therefore you have the duty and obligation to lead other people. You are sent out as leaders. In the Gospel Jesus said to his Disciples, (cf. Mt 5: 13 – 16).)” you are the salt of the earth”. Through your presence, knowledge, words and deeds add taste to your surroundings. Otherwise you are not better than sand. “You are the light of the world”. Shine; let other people walk in your light. Otherwise  you are failing your heavenly Father.  You are failing the seminary and your teachers who educated you, you are failing your superiors who spend sleepless nights looking for funds to educate you, your parents and relatives who have been supporting you spiritually and materially. Let your light shine, means let your faith shine. As seminarians and people who have been fed daily by the word of God, you have no choice but to let people see what you have become after all these years of formation and studies. Don’t be afraid, let your faith shine, let your light shine so that people may see the way to the truth, God. 

I want to express my profound gratitude to my colleagues at this Institute for their support, love, friendship and dedication in ensuring that the Institute continues to grow.  Such Institutional support is always crucial and very much valued.  This is why I am so pleased to record my gratitude to all of you. I don’t intend to mention all of you by name but I want you to know that without your contribution this Institute would not be where it is today.

My list of gratitude would be in complete without mentioning the supporting staff whose work in the Institute is very much appreciated..

Among the graduands this year we have one female religious student from the Augustinian Missionary Sisters.  I congratulate her courageous spirit to study and perform well among so many male students. The seminary has always been open to receiving female religious. The Spiritans believe that this is one of the many ways of addressing the gender gap that exists between female local religious Congregations and their counter part male religious and priests.

Some men think that women are to be chained to the kitchen sink. Women are welcome to study in this challenging and rich academic environment of the SMS.

Finally, to the third year students this is my prayer to you. May the God of simplicity be with you, opening you to a clear vision of what is real and true, leading you deeply into the mystery of life so that as you journey through life may your lives encourage others and invite others to journey with us on the path of God’s choice. May God bless you and keep you in the palm of his hand. 

I thank all of you for sacrificing your various obligations and time so as to bear witness to this wonderful day of these graduates.

I wish you a nice celebration and a pleasant day.

May I now welcome our guest of honour V. Rev. Fr. Martin Andama, CSSp., to say a word to us and thereafter to confer Diploma and certificates of appreciation to the third year students and to those who have rendered special services to this Institute respectively.

May God bless you all and thank you for listening to me.

Fr. Evarist Shayo, C.S.Sp.,


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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.