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New Seminaries for the Congo, Madagascar, and Ghana

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Congo SeminaryThe news for the seminary in the People’s Republic of the Congo is two years old now, but well-worth reporting none the less.

On Sunday 23rd September 2007, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, inaugurated the third largest Theological Academy of the Patriarchate of Alexandria, after those in Alexandria and Nairobi in Kinshasa Congo.

The new French Language Theological Academy, which was built through the tireless efforts of His Eminence Metropolitan Ignatios of Central Africa in a Kinshasa suburb, near the Holy Church of St Athanasios the Athonite, has lecture halls, residences, a large library and reading room, a functions hall, a clinic, dentist and a small health clinic for the needs of the student who will begin their studies on November 1st.

The Congolese government expressed its great satisfaction of this great effort. In passing on the greetings of His Excellency the President of the People’s Republic of the Congo, Mr Joseph Kambila, during the inauguration ceremony, the Minister Mr Nkoulu thanked the Orthdoox Church for its great contribution to this African country and said that the government would continue to encourage its efforts.

This work was completed with the assistance of many Greeks, especially the donor of the land, Mr Konstantinos Sofiade, Chairman of the Hellenic Community of the Congo as well as the Greek Ambassador Mr John Christofilis, whom His Beatitude honoured, the Missionary Group “Protoklitos” from Patras, which was represented by its Chairman Mr Nicholas SImos, as well as the OIffice of the Missionary group “Apostle Barnabas” in Larisa, which was represented by its Chairman Mr Vasilios Stergioulis, the Vice Chairman Mr Haralambos Devetzis and the Secretary Mr Christos Alexiou. Also among the great benefactors is the Holy Monastery of Great Lavra on Mount Athos, for undertaking the costs of building the Holy Church of the Theological Academy.

More recently, seminaries were also inaugurated in Madagascar, on February 16, 2008, and in Ghana, June 26, 2008.

Source: The website for the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa.

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Written by Stephen

September 11, 2009 at 11:54 am

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