Help Expand a Seminary in Guinea
ACN has committed to contributing towards the construction of an additional dormitory wing for the theology students and for the training of 69 seminarians. Can you help?
Guinea is an
overwhelmingly Islamic country in which roughly 85% of the population of 11.6
million people are Muslims. Christians make up only some 8%, while the
remainder of the population are adherents of traditional African religions.
For decades this
country of West Africa was dominated by the regime of dictator Ahmed Sékou Touré, who ruled from 1958 until his death in
1984. After his death, the Senegalese newspaper Le Soleil spoke of the end of what it called the hitherto “longest
and most murderous dictatorship on the continent.” Torture and executions were
an everyday occurrence, and thousands of people disappeared without trace.
Catholic Church, which opposed the regime, had been forced into silence, and
Tchidimbo of Conakry spent almost 9 years in prison, where he suffered torture.
His successor, the present Cardinal Robert Sarah, was on the dictator‘s death
list, though Sékou Touré died before he was able to carry out his plans.
During the years of
the dictatorship, the Catholic Church was barely able to develop. Even today it
only has three dioceses. For many years the seminarians training for the priesthood
had to study in neighboring Senegal and Mali. But now the Catholic Church has
built its own seminary in Kendoumaya in the Archdiocese of Conakry; it opened
its doors in the academic year 2012/2013.
The seminary is named
after Pope Benedict XVI and serves the seminarians from all three dioceses of
the country. However, there was a serious setback as a result of the Ebola
epidemic in 2014, with the result that the academic year was not able to begin
until a few months later than normal. But the seminary, although still in its
infancy, has managed to cope even with this challenge.
ACN has provided
substantial support for the new seminary, but seminarians still cannot complete
their education there. While seminarians are able to study philosophy, for
their theology studies they still have to travel to Bamako in Mali. But this is
now about to change, and so ACN is once again helping the seminary.
ACN has committed to contributing
$42,500 for the construction of an additional dormitory wing for the theology
students. At the same time, we will give $31,900 for the training of the 69
Will you join us in
helping to expand this seminary for future priests in Guinea?
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