Uganda’s seminaries are full to overflowing – “I will go, Lord”


Through all the songs and speeches of this great day, it is not hard to see the joy these men have in their vocation. The future priests are reminded that they must be ready, with a smile, available to God and at the service of the faithful. In doing so they are not to follow their own will, but to go wherever they are sent, even if this should be the remotest of villages where there is no electricity or running water and where people can neither read nor write. For there too the people are waiting for the one who can bring Christ to them – the priest. During their training, the seminarians have already completed a pastoral year in a parish, learning what it means to be close to the people in all their needs, joys and sorrows.

Today there are 1,130 mostly young men studying in the four national seminaries of the country and in the seminary for late vocations, preparing one day to become priests. The seminaries are full to overflowing, and many have to share with up to seven in one room. Meanwhile the number of vocations is rising, year by year.

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