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St. Mary’s Seminary Nyegezi belongs to the Archdiocese of Mwanza. It was officially started on the 26 December 1930 under the Missionary of Africa (White Fathers) emphasizing on training of the indigenous priests as the main response to their founder’s idea: «The missionaries were to be initiators only. The lasting work was to be accomplished by the Africans themselves». The young boys were sent at Nyegezi seminary for secondary school education. Then, the willing boys were sent to Kipalapala for further priestly formation. A group of three zealous priests namely; Fr. Van Riel (M. Afr.), Fr. Bernard Janses (M. Afr.), and Fr.Otto Steinmetz (M. Afr.), four brothers namely; Barthazary, Beatus; Coletus and Benedict founded Nyegezi Seminary. The first seminarians were; Paul Sulus from Ukerewe, Odiro, Gregory and Vitus Bwagidi from Kome. Others were Nicholaus from Mwanza and Angelo Muhangwa from Kashishi (Buhingo).
St. Mary’s Seminary started following the division of Nyanza Vicariate into Mwanza and Bukoba dioceses. Before the division, the preparation for priesthood took place at Rubya seminary in Bukoba region. Therefore, after the division there was a need for Mwanza diocese to have its own seminary for the preparation of indigenous priests. St. Marys as a centre for priestly formation in Mwanza Archdiocese also accommodates students from other catholic dioceses in Tanzania. The seminary has the capacity to accommodate up to 450 students at once. Welcome to St. Mary’s Seminary Nyegezi School where everyone works hard for integral formation of students being intellectually, spiritually, physically and socially.
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