Vocations

Outline of Training

 

Training as a missionary priest begins in the family home, which provides the basic foundation in the Catholic faith. Candidates will be active members of their parish community.

 

Formal training has four basic components:

  • Initial training (which is called 'formation') takes place in one of two centres, Ijebu-Ode in Nigeria or Nakuru in Kenya. This lasts for two years and provides an introduction to prayer, spiritual life and community living as well as some practical skills.

  • For the next stage of training, candidates move to KwaPatrick, our house in South Africa, where university studies in Philosophy are undertaken, along with growing experience of pastoral engagement.

  • Students undertake their theological studies in Nairobi, as members of Tangaza University College. During this period, students are given their 'First Missionary Assignment' an extended pastoral assignment in one of our missions. This is a break from formal study to allow a deepening experience of pastoral work.

  • Students are normally ordained as a Deacon at the beginning of their final year of study in Kenya. Priestly ordination follows in the next year, usually in the home Diocese.

For information on Vocations, please contact the Vocations Director in your area or nearest country.

Please note that we do not accept vocation applications through Facebook. Thank you. 

Vocations Directors
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West Africa

Fr Cletus Udoh

Address: St Patrick's

PO Box 2908

Calabar

Cross River State

Nigeria

 

Email: spswavocations@yahoo.com

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Ireland

Fr Martin Smith

Address: St Patrick's Missionary Society

Kiltegan

Co Wicklow

W91 Y022

Ireland

 

Email: msmith@spms.org

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East Africa

Vocations Director

Address: PO Box 13316

Nakuru 20100

Kenya

 

Email: vocspsea@gmail.com

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Central Africa

Fr David Chelimo

Address: PO Box KL60

Lusaka

Zambia

 

Email: vocationzambia@yahoo.com

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England

Vocations Director

Address: St Patrick's

20 Beauchamp Road

East Molesey

Surrey

KT8 0PA

England

 

Email: spsuk@aol.com

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Scotland

Vocations Director

Address: St Patrick's

8 Abercromby Place

Stirling

FK8 2QP

Scotland

 

Email: stpatsbuch@aol.com