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. 

West Africa

Fr Cletus Udoh

Address: St Patrick's

PO Box 2908

Calabar

Cross River State

Nigeria

 

Email: spswavocations@yahoo.com

 

East Africa

Vocations Director

Address: PO Box 13316

Nakuru 20100

Kenya

 

Email: vocspsea@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/sps.east.africa

Ireland

Fr Martin Smith

Address: St Patrick's

Kiltegan

Co Wicklow, W91 Y022,

Ireland

 

Email: msmith@spms.org

Central Africa

Fr David Chelimo

Address: PO Box KL60

Lusaka

Zambia

 

Email: vocationzambia@yahoo.com

Scotland

Vocations Director (Scotland)

Address: St Patrick's

8 Abercromby Place

Stirling

FK8 2QP

Scotland

 

Email: stpatsbuch@aol.com

England

Vocations Director (England)

Address: St Patrick's

20 Beauchamp Road

East Molesey

Surrey

KT8 0PA

England

 

Email: spsuk@aol.com

Kenya

St Patrick’s
P.O. Box 25269

Lavington 00603

Nairobi

Kenya

Tel:

+254 20 4343189

or

+254 790494655

Email:

spsclt@spms.org

Ireland

St Patrick’s
Kiltegan
Co Wicklow

W91 Y022
Ireland

Tel:

+353 59 647 3600

Fax:

+353 59 647 3529

Email:

office@spms.ie

England

20 Beauchamp Road
East Molesey
Surrey
KT8 0PA
England

Tel:

+44 208 979 1890

Fax:

+44 208 941 8221

Email:

office@stpatricksuk.co.uk

Scotland

St Patrick’s
8, Abercromby Place
Stirling
FK8 2QP
Scotland

Tel:

+44 1786 447 722

Fax:

+44 1786 464 064

Email:

stpatsbuch@aol.com

 

USA

St Patrick Fathers
8422 West Windsor Avenue
Chicago, IL 60656-4252
USA

Tel:

+1 773 887 4741

Fax:

+1 773 887 3654

Email:

spsil@spms.org

www.stpatrickfathers.com

 

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