Spiritan Missinary Seminary

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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

     The glorious battle with joy in it.

 mucbs2It was a sunny Saturday on 8th NOV 2014, when SMS Heroes went to Moshi- University of cooperative and business studies for sports competition. When SMS Heroes arrived there many people were shocked to see what they were up against. It was a battle of one per fifty soldiers. Many people despised the Heroes and thought they are doomed to fail, but the morale of the Heroes was up and boiling in their blood ready for the battle.

The battle began and really it was fierce and the heroes were about to lose. The Giants Moshi- University of cooperative and business studies slipped once and the Heroes gave them two continuously grievous blows in a short moment. Later they woke up and returned one weak blow. In no time the Heroes finished the Giants with a strong blow which rendered them powerless before the Heroes.

90 minutes were over and how could one imagine that the Heroes would emerge victorious. Many did not believe what had happened for an Army of 100 soldiers had defeated that of 5000 soldiers tremendously.        

       By Petroimani Nathan

Inspection by TCU Team


On the 23rd September 2014, a team from the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) visited Spiritan Missionary Seminary (SMS). The team was composed of three members, namely Prof. Joseph V. Tesha from University of Dar es Salaam, Dr. Jones Kaleshu from Moshi cooperative and Business Studies University and Mr. Ibrahim Mtweve from TCU.

The purpose of the visitation was to inspect whether SMS meets the requirements set by TCU to run degree program. This is in line with the government universities Act of 2005 which requires that every institution that runs degree program either by affiliation or directed should be accredited by TCU. In order that the accreditation can take place, a team from TCU must inspect both physical and academic infrastructures to see to it that they meet the set standards.

The general impression of the team was positive. However, it will compile its findings and present it in the commission which will make the final decision.

A sincere word of gratitude for both teaching and non-teaching for their hard work and team spirit in preparing the report before the inspection.

philipA speech by Philip Massawe, Cssp.

26th Graduation

Spiritan Missionary Seminary
10th of May 2014.


Archbishop Fulton John Sheen once said that there are three things that one must do when giving a public talk or speech.

  1. BE GONE. Of the three, I am absolutely sure of ONE and it is that after this talk, I will be GONE. The remaining TWO I will try to achieve.

Dear Members of the Board of Governors, Rev Fr Provincial, Amandus Kapele,

Rev Fr Rector, Justi Tarimo,

Members of the teaching staff,

Parents and Guardians,

Dear superiors from various congregations and apostolic societies,

Representatives from dioceses,

Our dear students,

Invited guests,

And above all - graduates,

I bring you warm greetings from the members of the General Council in Rome. I wish to particularly convey to you special greetings from the General Councillor responsible for formation, Fr Bede Ukwuije, who visited you recently. He still has very good memories of how nice and kind you were to him, and especially the warm welcome that he received.

I would like also to say thank you to the Rector for asking me to be the guest of honour. I have never been up here as a guest of honour. I thank him for this wonderful opportunity to come back to the Njiro that I love, which has seen many developments in recent years. I would like to reassure him, as I finish my ministry in Rome, I am not here to take over his job.

It is almost eight years ago when I was asked to leave this place and move to other pastures. Who says they are always green? If someone would have asked me whether I would come back one day to be a guest of honour, of course the answer would have been no or we simply do not know. Sometimes we have to admit the future is not in our hands. Our destiny could be in someone’s else hands. Recently I was also asked to move to other pastures as I come to the end of my ministry in Rome as Coordinator for Formation. Therefore, I am happy to be performing this function before I say goodbye.

Dear graduates your three years at SMS have now come to an end. Some of you are standing on the threshold of life. Indeed life is all about transition. I am also in transition. During your time of study here, you have also been in transition in terms of moving from the activity of knowing, to the content of the known. Transition is a good step that allows one to advance to the next level of life. This is how we have been created. It is a passage that is necessary to go through if we are to grow, to develop and make this world a better place and appreciate what we have received. I guess this is why I am here all the way from Rome to perform this rite of passage, which will mark your transition from one status to another. In the Gospel of St John, Jesus said,

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (John 14:3). And the John the Baptist said, “He must increase, I must decrease”. (John 3:30)

One of the elements that enable us to experience this transition is education and knowledge. One of the great philosophers Plato once said: “the direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life”. He went on to say, “By education I mean that training in excellence from youth upward which makes a man passionately desire to be a perfect citizen, and teaches him to rule, and to obey, with justice. This is the only education which deserves the name”.

Vision, Mission and Goals of SMS

I would like to say just two points. (Aren’t you lucky that they are not ten?) When I sat down to prepare these ideas that I am sharing with you now, I went back to read the vision, mission and the goals of Spiritan Missionary Seminary. They are clear, rich, relevant, formative and without a doubt, if well implemented, they will prepare anyone who studies here for life both in the Church and in society. It is also my wish that SMS will continue to remain and live in accordance with the purpose of its establishment, that is, a place that provides the first phase of academic training for missionary, priestly and religious formation and continues to be rooted in an African reality. Part of this African reality is the interaction between individual and community. There is no doubt in my mind these three elements will enable our students to meet the challenges of the world we live in. Our call is not to sit on the fence.

The second point that I would like to propose that will enhancing the vision, mission and goals of the SMS is to help our students move from subjectivity to objectivity since the mission of the Seminary is to foster a wide, critical, and a global perspective on life. That is, leading to the knowledge that enables its followers to take a stand in the midst of varying cultural traditions, religious denominations, religious extremism, theories of development, etc. This is not easy. It means helping students to be attentive, intelligent, reasonable and responsible. As Brian Cronin, the former rector would wrote, “… the desire to know is fully the desire to know the truth, to seek the good and to make the world a better place to live in”. Once the foundation has been laid, and built, the rest of the structure follows fairly naturally and easily. “Let us be brave; let us affirm that we are knowers” (Brian 328).

Let me now conclude by thanking those who have been part of your success and achievement. (although I am not sure if this is the work of the guest of honour).

I would like to thank your parents and guardians who have supported you throughout this period and will continue to accompany you in your vocation. They are proud of you today because you showed cooperation and followed the rules, which reminds me of the following story:

A mother and father were worried that their son would refuse to learn maths at school, so they sent him to a Catholic school which had a good reputation in the subject. But after his first day at the new school, the boy came home, ran straight to his room and slammed the door. This behaviour went on every school night for the next two months, at the end of which the parents were asked along to meet the teachers. They feared the worst but, to their surprise, their son’s maths teacher revealed that the boy was doing excellent work and was top of the class.

“So what changed your mind about learning maths”? They asked the boy when they returned home. “Well”, said the boy, “on the first day I walked into the classroom, I saw a guy nailed to a plus sign at the back of the room, and I knew they meant business.”

Dear graduates as you leave here I want you to remember this man who was nailed on the cross for us and whether you continue with us or them, be always with him, for he is the one who gives meaning to our life. Use your knowledge for the service to the world. This would be the most important contribution you can make to humanity. Do not use it for prestige or to harass other people, but for service. If you do so you will be among the most remembered persons on the planet. Many of us do not do that. Because life, like society, is exactly what we make of it. Indeed most of you will fully agree with Plato that those who have come out of the cave have a social responsibility to go back and enlighten those who are still there. Our second Founder, Fr Libermann wished his missionaries to do exactly the same when he sent them to Africa.

Again whether you are joining us or them, I want to wish you all the best and good luck whenever you will be and whatever you will do in life let it be, as the Jesuit motto says, for the Greater Glory of God. Always do the right thing. This sounds easy and simple, but it is probably the hardest thing to do. How do I know that I have done the right thing? You are rewarded by peace in knowing that you did the right thing. You made the right choice. You will experience inner peace. Remember that it is not the things that we do in life that we regret on our death bed, it’s the things that we did not do.

I would like to thank and congratulate both the teaching and the non-teaching staff for the job well done. SMS has changed and continues to change for good. My thanks also go the superiors of UCEAF: as the saying goes, behind every masterpiece there lies the story of the master, the one who made the masterpiece. You are all part of the story.

Thank you and may God bless you. Ciao.


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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.