Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa has called upon Catholic Christians to develop a spirit of self reliance in running the church’s institutions especially the seminaries.
The Archbishop made the call during his special visit to Pius XII Minor Seminary at Nguludi in Chiradzulu on Saturday.
Msusa said some institutions like seminaries need a lot of money to run but unfortunately most Catholic Christians are misled on how such institutions operate.
“Many think that for the seminaries to run the bishops get funding from the Pope but it is not like that. Time has come for the Christians to develop a spirit of ownership and be able to help the seminaries,” he said.
His Grace Msusa further commended the Pius XII seminary alumni for their support to the seminary. He said the alumni have done a tremendous job to the school which includes installation of solar power in classrooms among others.
On his part, the Rector of the seminary Reverend Father Dennis Kabvina said they have set up various measures to overcome financial problems facing the seminary.
“Apart from having a maize field that will produce over 400 bags of maize this year and a maize mill, we have also introduced double streams that will enable us collect more school fees which is the life blood of the seminary,” said Father Kabvina.
He however asked well wishers to assist the school with desks and beds in order to meet the students’ needs.
Pius XII seminary is the only minor seminary in the Archdiocese of Blantyre where young boys aspiring to become priests acquire secondary education.
Currently, the school has 184 students but can accommodate up to 300 students if resources permit.