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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


Speech from the Vice Rector Academic

Very Rev. John Mbinda, CSSp Provincial Superior of the Province of Kenya, Rev. Justi Tarimo, Rector of Spiritan Missionary Seminary, members of the teaching and non teaching staff, Superiors and representatives from different Religious Congregations and Apostolic Societies, parents, guardians, friends, invited guests, our highly esteemed students and above all the 2015 graduating class, it is with great honour that I take this opportunity to address you. I would like to start my speech by narrating a short story to you all and specifically to the 2015 graduating class.

On the 6th of May, 2015 3rd year students completed their comprehensive oral examination. In the evening of the same date, I was walking in the compound and one of 3rd year students accompanied me and reminded me of Heidegger’s “Dasein” in “Being and Time”. Martin Heidegger was a German Existential Phenomenologist. As I walked with that student, we discussed Heidegger’s claim that Dasein’s existence is being –in- the world as a “thrown projection”, meaning that Daisein is already- in- the world- ahead -of itself. It is from this claim that Heidegger’s notion of temporality emerges, that is Dasein’s comportment as being- in- the world in the past, present and in the future. So, we have gathered here to celebrate the past experience, the present accomplishment and future hopes of this graduating class.

Recalling the past in your ‘thrownness’, we are celebrating your celebrate your ‘facticity’. I think of the three years that you have spent at Spiritan Missionary Seminary from 2012 - 2015. I think of your encounter with different members of teaching staff in our lecture halls and in other extra – curricular activities. I could imagine your fears and struggles as well as your strong determination as class. Frankly speaking, Spiritan Missionary Seminary family will agree with me that the 2015 class was specially gifted and just awesome. As we remember your good time at Spiritan Missionary Seminary, we are proud of your being, we are proud of your success and we all congratulate you on your special occasion.

In line with Dasein’s comportment, we also celebrate your present achievement. I call upon you to use all that you have gained at Spiritan Missionary Seminary to live well your present life so as to build your good future. This calls in for ‘formed conscience’.

In one of questions in your comprehensive examination you were asked to explain the meaning of conscience. You were also asked to explain the misunderstanding of conscience as ‘doing what you like’. Irrespective of your different positions with regards to this concept, I would like to point out an inherent danger of moral relativism in holding the view that ‘conscience is doing what you like’, the danger that could be also implied in expressions such as ‘obey and follow your conscience’. This problem of moral relativism is addressed by St. John Paul II in ‘Veritatis Splendor (1993). To shun moral relativism, St. JP II repudiates the view that only the individual conscience has to make final decisions about what is good and what is evil (#56), the view which will suppose that only the individual conscience can finally decide whether an act generally wrong might be fitting in a concrete situation. St John Paul II reiterates “conscience expresses itself in acts if judgments reflect the truth about the good and not in arbitrary decisions”. He adds, ‘the maturity and responsibility of these judgments…and …of the individual who is their subject are not measured by the liberation of conscience from the objective truth in favor of an alleged autonomy in personal decisions but on the contrary by an insistent search for the truth and by allowing oneself to be guided by that truth in one’s actions” (# 61). So, for your present endeavors, I suggest that (you) ‘form’ your conscience, that is, (you) make the object of a continuous conversion to what is true and to what is good thanks to the help which is offered by the Magisterium (# 64).  

With regards to the future, you well know that you are in transition to where the next destiny is calling you. It is my expectation that you would like to have a word of encouragement from me as you make your transition. This seems a big responsibility to me. However, I would like to recall some words of wisdom from my past graduations that I think could be useful to you in your transition if you consider them. They are grouped into four points:

One: Find and follow your passion. You will be making important choices over the next few days. Eventually, find what you love to do… And in words of Angel Chernoff I call you to  ‘live by choice, not by chance… Be motivated, not manipulated…

Two: Take initiative. Things you have accomplished are the result to taking action. You have a choice. You can either be a passive victim of circumstances or you can be the active hero of your own life. Arnold Schwarzenegger (2009) reminds us that ‘you cannot climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets’

Three: Be confident. Learn to trust yourself and learn to be bold. See how the tortoise walks. In order for it to move, it has to stretches its neck out. Surely, there are going to be times in your life when you are going to have to stretch your neck out. There will be challenges and instead of hiding in a shell, you have to go out and meet them…So, take risks and think of risks as challenges and not as threats.

Four: Be as persistent as you can be and do not give up. When things go wrong as they sometimes will, when the road you are climbing seems all up hill, when you want to smile but you have to sigh… rest if you must but do not quit.

To wind up my speech, I thank you all for listening to me. Once more, I congratulate you, the 2015 class and I wish you all the best in your endeavors in the future.

                                                   Fr. Barnabas S. Kileu, CSSp,

                                                   Vice Rector Academic.  

Rector’s Speech on the 27th Graduation Ceremony

  justiVery Rev. Fr. John Mbinda,CSSp our guest of hnour, member of the SMS body of governors and provincial superior of the Spiritans in Kenya, my colleagues in the teaching staff, the supporting staff in the administration and non-teaching staff, parents, friends, relatives of our graduands, students, our esteemed graduands, Ladies and Gentlemen, good afternoon. On my personal behalf and the entire SMS administration, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you all to this 27th graduation ceremony of our students.


Rev. Fr., today we have 36 young men from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique and Mauritius and from different Catholic religious Congregations who are graduating after three years of studies in Philosophy and religious studies. Today they will be awarded diplomas in philosophy and religious studies, while awaiting for the BA in Philosophy that will be awarded on the 2nd of October 2015 by the Catholic University of Eastern Africa at their main campus in Lang’ata Nairobi to which the seminary is affiliated. Rev. Fr., these young men began their academic and formation journey here in the seminary in August 2012 while they were 41. Five of them could not make it to the graduation day due to various reasons. We congratulate these 36 for their spirit of commitment, perseverance and hard work!

            Rev. Fr., the seminary began in 1986 with the program of two years. After five years, the program was extended to three years when the seminary was first affiliated to the Urbaniana University in Rome and then to the Catholic University of Eastern Africa-Nairobi since 2007. We have finished all the formalities and procedures to register the seminary under the Tanzania commission for Universities (TCU). We are just waiting for their approval after their visit last September. All this was done in order to make sure that the program we offer is solid and relevant to the present day challenges of   being missionary. Since its inception, more than 900 candidates have graduated from the seminary. They are now engaged in various parts of the world majority as religious missionaries, you being among them, and others as lay people in civil service and business. All this was achieved because of the hard work, commitment, and sacrifices of the administration of the seminary from the very beginning to present.

            To our beloved parents, relatives and friends, I would like to thank you all not only for sparing your time and come to participate in this graduation ceremony, but more so for being supportive both spiritually and materially to these young men in their vocation journey. The first seminary was in your families where their faith and vocation were nurtured.

            To our graduands, first of all congratulations for making it to this day. This was possible because of first your trust and faith in God who is the author of your vocation, hard work, determination and perseverance. You have now become part of the history of SMS. Most of you discerned to continue with priestly, religious/missionary vocation. Thank you for the courage and determination. The call of Jesus about 2000 years ago is still a reality today “To pray to the master of the harvest to send more labourers in the vineyard for the harvest is plenty but the labourers are few”. The Church and your various religious congregations need you to go to participate in the transformative mission in the world. We wish you God’s grace and success in your journey. The challenges are still many, but with the same trust in God, determination, hard work and perseverance, you will make it. There is great joy in serving the Lord. To those who took different direction of vocation, we wish you well and God’s abundance blessings. Be always the light and salt wherever you will be. You will always be called ex-seminarian.

To all of you, the philosophical and religious studies that you received at SMS for the past three years, we hope will enable you to face the challenges of the world with critical mind and serenity of character. It in that way that the words of prophet Micah will become true in your life “To love tenderly and to act justly”.


Comprehensive Exams 2015

COMP-2015On Monday the 27th of April 2015 was a crucial day for the third year students. It was the day for the written comprehensive exams. For months, weeks and days, they have been busy in study, group discussions and any other means of study that could allow them to comprehend the philosophical courses that they have been learning in the institute for the past three years. Some spent sleepless nights making sure that there was no topic that was left unrevised. The morning was cool and cloudy, probably symbolically representing their inner anguish and worries about what questions could be picked! At 8.45am, almost everyone was there. They were allowed to enter the examination room and all the necessary preliminary explanations as per academic handbook were given.

                When the time for picking the three questions out of which one was to be attempted, everybody seemed to be tense and perplex. Three students volunteer to come forward for the picking. The first one, Andrew Kakuru picked question number eighteen that was on ethics. At least a deep sigh could be heard from the whole class, probably signifying that the question was well prepared and viewed as not the most difficult among the twenty questions. The second student, Denis Leiya picked question number two on logic and the third student Accacio Bernado picked question number thirty five that was on history of Contemporary Philosophy. Everybody started to express what e knows about his choice. The exam lasted for four good hours. We wish them all best of luck and success.

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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.