FORMATION AND FUNDING OF SEMINARIES: A MAJOR CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGE TO THE CHURCH IN NIGERIA

Peter Onyekwelu Okafor

Abstract


The issue of formation and funding of seminaries has today become a very
topical and serious challenge to the Church in Nigeria. The challenge stems from the
growing difficult financial terrain which our seminaries have to navigate in order to
sustain their life, owing to the rapid decline, if not gradual withdrawal, of financial
subsidies by their oversea funding agencies, particularly the Society of SS Peter and Paul.
The above society based in Rome has, right from the foundation of most of our
seminaries, provided the major financial support for seminary formation. With what
strongly appears in the horizon today as annual gradual withdrawal of financial support
by this Roman ecclesiastical funding agency, our seminaries have now entered into a
turbulent and difficult phase of their history, financially speaking, which only a creative
alternative local strategy of funding by Nigerian particular Churches can help to salvage.
This article on formation and funding of seminaries is an honest attempt to contribute
intellectually, constructively and meaningfully to this process.

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