Ex-seminarians to hold fundraiser for renovation of almamater

Ex-seminarians  are fundraising for the renovation of their former school — St. Paul The Apostle Seminary of Mangochi Diocese on 24th September, 2016  holding a  dinner and dance at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe.

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The Vice-President of the Republic of Malawi, Dr Saulos Klaus Chilima is expected to attend together with Archbishop of Lilongwe, Right Reverend Tracizius Ziyaye and Mangochi Catholic Diocese Bishop Rev. Montfort Sitima

The ex-seminarians are fundraising for the renovation of their former school St. Paul The Apostle Seminary of Mangochi Diocese which was founded by Malawi’s most social development conscious-minded Catholic priest, late Emeritus Bishop Alessandro Assolari.

The alumni are targeting to raise MK20 million for the refurbishment of the school which is in dilapidated state. Some of the dilapidated sites within the school are toilets, library and classrooms.

Apart from renovation of the school, the other money will be invested in pig farming to ensure the school is self-reliant in the future.

The seminary, which was opened in 1985 has produced some high profile citizens, including the current Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, Fr Henry Saindi as well as Gerson Solomon, MP from Thyolo and Kingsley Namakhwa, a former Minister in the late Bingu wa Mutharika administration.

The school is situated about three kilometres after Bakili Muluzi Bridge at Chiusi Hill on the road to Malindi.

According to National Publicity Secretary of the group, Donasius Pathera, all is set for the dinner and dance and well-wishers are asked to buy a ticket at MK20,000 for an individual and MK200,000 for a corporate of 10 people.

“We want to make the dream of the late Bishop Assolari more potent by enriching the institution,” Pathera said. “We are in dire need of assistance to see our school wear a beautiful face again.”

Dinner and dance cards can be obtained from  Charles Baluwa who is on on 0999 522 499 and Mrs Kondwani Kulemeka on 0999 843 139 in  for those in Lilongwe and Montfort Howahowa on 0884 894 332 and at St. Paul The Apostle Minor Seminary in Mangochi.

Pathera said the Alumni started organising themselves to bring back the school’s lost glory by first donating academic books and piglets that are being raised at Montfort Centre.

He also said those who interested to donate towards the cause can make their contribution by paying through the following account number: SPAS Alumni Association, National Bank of Malawi, current account number 1002075055.

For more clarification, contact Pathera on 0999387835.

Bishop Assolari was a Montfort misssionary from Bergamo, Italy. He was the first Bishop of Mangochi Diocese of the Catholic Church.

For 31 years of being a bishop of the Diocese, he built about hundred institutions including St. Paul The Apostle Seminary, St. Johns Major Seminary, now called St. John University DMI, and established the Catholic radio station, Radio Maria.

Assolari, who died in 2005 in Italy at the age of 77, changed the complexion of Mangochi, Machinga and Balaka districts, which fall under Mangochi Diocese with beautiful structures including hospitals.

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