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Message from the Rector

Welcome to the official website of St. Mary’s National Seminary Ggaba. As our motto states: “Fiat Voluntas Tua”, via this website, those who visit this website will realize that our main objective is to let the will of God be done. We do this through forming young people into disciples of Christ, and particularly as His special ambassadors, fulfilling his command to his disciples to take his Good News to the ends of the earth. This seminary is not only about training people in gospel truth and in skills of teaching to the world, but also in academic and life and other life skills, sports, self-reliance and in other human values that will help these candidates to live a fully human life, but seeking the kingdom of God first. Please learn from what we have to offer, spread the word to others and where possible come visit our campus, encourage or support this noble task of forming priests for the Church of Christ. We do all this through the intercession and example of the Blessed Mother who let God’s will be done in her life. Once again, thank you for visiting.

History of the Seminary

In his article on the golden jubilee of the priesthood of Fr. Vincent Kanyonza in 2009, the late Prof John Mary Waliggo noted that the creation of National seminaries in Uganda was a fruit of both the political independence and radical changes of Vatican II. These two took place in the early 60s. So, these years were full of changes in the outlook of formation and with new lenses of nationalism and national building. Like any other public servants, priesthood was also geared toward national identity. In this regard, the issue of national seminaries was widely discussed by ecclesiastical authorities. Waliggo stated: “The aims of moving from regional seminaries to national major seminaries were good, positive and commendable. National seminaries would tap a wider professional staff from all the major congregations and even beyond to improve the seminary formation. They would remove the unhealthy tensions which had existed among priests trained in regional seminaries. They would form a firm basis for unity and solidarity of the Catholic Church in Uganda.”

About Us

National seminary Ggaba is located in the outskates of Kampala – 9 kilometers from the city center towards Lake Victoria harbor. It is one of the four national seminaries in Uganda owned by the Uganda Episcopal Conference. The others are: St. Thomas Aquinas Katigondo seminary (philosophicum), Uganda Martyrs Seminary Alokolum (philosophicum), and St. Paul’s seminary Kinyamasika (Theologicum). It was founded in 1970 and is the first theologicum in Uganda. Seminarians admitted to Ggaba are from the philosophica in Uganda.

At Ggaba, seminarians take on theological studies as their second degree. They offer three strata of academic programs namely, internal diploma of theology; bachelors of Theology of Urbaniana University, Rome; and some offer a Master’s of Arts in Religious and Theological Studies of Makerere University.

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