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1.0. INTRODUCTION

The Vocations Department of the Diocese of Arua was established for the purpose of fostering vocations to priesthood and religious life. The Vocations Director is appointed by the Bishop of the diocese for the duty of animating vocations in the diocese. He is assisted by the Assistant Vocations Directors who are appointed by the Bishop for each of the Vicariates of the Diocese. The current Diocesan Vocations Director is Fr. Norbert Azale (appointed on 20 April, 2011)

 1.1 Vision: Supported, empowered and matured candidate for the service of priestly ministry.

 1.2 Mission: To draw and prepare young people to priesthood and religious life.

 1.3 Objective of the Vocations Department

  • To create awareness about the vocations to priesthood and religious life
  • To prepare interested candidates and forward them to the National Formation Team in Uganda.
  • To mobilize resources for supporting the formation of the candidates to the priesthood and religious life.

 2.0 STAFF AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 Diocesan Vocations Director: Fr. Norbert Azale

 Assistant Vocations Directors:

1. Ediofe Vicariate: Fr. Camillus Candini

2. Lodonga Vicariate: Fr. Emmanuel Asega

3. Moyo Vicariate: -

4.Fr. Robert Owiko: MIDM

 3.0  STATISTICS 

3.1 Major seminarians

Formation Year

Level

Seminary

Number

2010/2011

Theology

Ggaba National Seminary

13

 

 

Kinyamasika National Seminary

11

 

 

Mundelein Seminary, USA

01

 

 

 

24

 

Philosophy

Alokolum National Seminary

15

 

 

Katigondo National Seminary

12

 

 

 

27

 

Pastoral Spiritual Year

in the parishes of the Diocese

06

 

 

 

57

2011/2012

Theology

Ggaba National Seminary

12

 

 

Kinyamasika National Seminary

11

 

 

Blessed Bakanja Seminary, Kenya

02

 

 

 

25

 

Philosophy

Alokolum National Seminary

11

 

 

Katigondo National Seminary

12

 

 

 

23

 

Pastoral Spiritual Year

in the parishes of the Diocese

08

 

 

 

56

2012/2013

Theology

Ggaba National Seminary

12

 

 

Kinyamasika National Seminary

10

 

 

Blessed Bakanja Seminary, Kenya

04

 

 

 

26

 

Philosophy

Alokolum National Seminary

09

 

 

Katigondo National Seminary

07

 

 

 

15

 

Pastoral Spiritual Year

in the parishes of the Diocese

15

 

 

 

57

2013/2014

Theology

Ggaba National Seminary

16

 

 

Kinyamasika National Seminary

12

 

 

Blessed Bakanja Seminary, Kenya

04

 

 

 

32

 

Philosophy

Alokolum National Seminary

09

 

 

Katigondo National Seminary

11

 

 

 

20

 

Pastoral Spiritual Year

in the parishes of the Diocese

04

 

Year Out

 -

02

 

 

 

58

2014/2015

Theology

Ggaba National Seminary

13

 

 

Kinyamasika National Seminary

05

 

 

Blessed Bakanja Seminary, Kenya

03

 

Philosophy

Alokolum National Seminary

15

 

 

Katigondo National Seminary

11

 

Pastoral Spiritual Year

in the parishes of the Diocese

03

 

Deacons on Pastoral

in the parishes of the Diocese

03

 

 

 

53

2015/2016

Theology

Ggaba National Seminary

13

 

 

Kinyamasika National Seminary

05

 

 

Blessed Bakanja Seminary, Kenya

01

 

Philosophy

Alokolum National Seminary

18

 

 

Katigondo National Seminary

13

 

Pastoral Spiritual Year

in the parishes of the Diocese

08

 

Deacons on Pastoral

in the parishes of the Diocese

02

 

Deaconate candidates

in the parishes of the Diocese

03

 

 

 

63

         3.2 Ordinations to Priesthood and Diaconate 2011-2014

Year

 

Diocesan

Religious

Total

2011

Priesthood

07

05

12

 

Deaconate

06

02

08

 

 

13

07

20

2012

Priesthood

06

-

06

 

Deaconate

01

01

02

 

 

07

01

08

2013

Priesthood

01

01

02

 

Deaconate

07

01

08

 

 

08

02

10

2014

Priesthood

07

06

13

 

Deaconate

04

01

05

 

 

11

07

18

 

Nota Bene

In the last five years (2011-2015):

-  23 Diocesan priests have been ordained.

 15 priests belonging to various religious congregations have been ordained in the Diocese of Arua.

 4.0 PROGRAMMES RUN BY VOCATIONS DEPARTMENT

 4.1 Pastoral Spiritual Year (PSY) Programme

 Pastoral Spiritual Year (PSY) is a one-year period of formation for a priestly candidate outside the seminary setting. It is a period of integrating the various aspects of formation: “The Pastoral Spiritual Year focuses on the spiritual and the pastoral-liturgical aspects of formation, without neglecting the pre-requisite mature human formation. The seminarian has opportunity to practice what he has already studied, but also to realize that he still needs to learn. This year is also a critical time for him to seriously discern whether he still feels Christ is calling him to priesthood and, if so, where he still needs to grow. Finally the diocese observes the candidate’s fitness to proceed.” (Seminary Charter for Priestly Formation, 2009).

 4.1.1 Restructuring of the PSY

 -                      Orientation in June:  Phase I

 -                      1st August:  Seminarians report to the PSY venue (parish or institution).

 -                      Phase II orientation in February or March.

 -                      Parish experience continues.

 -                      30th June:  PSY ends

 -                      Followed by installations in the Ministries of Lector and Acolyte.

 4.1.4 Participation of the seminarians in the PSY from 2011-2015

 2011/2012: Eight (08) seminarians participated in the PSY in the parishes of Ajia, Offude, Odravu, and Lima. Seven of them are for theological studies.

 2012/2013: Fifteen (15) seminarians were assigned for the PSY in the parishes of Adumi, Arivu, Logiri, Obi, Ajia, Vurra, Nyio, Koboko, Metu and Yumbe. Nine (09) of them are for theological studies.

2013/2014: Four (04) seminarians were assigned for the PSY in the parishes of Otumbari and Lima. All the four are for theological studies.

 2014/2015: Two (02) Seminarians were assigned to the parishes of Pokea and Kijomoro; and Nyadri. They both joined theological studies.

 2015/2016: Five (05) seminarians were assigned to the parishes of Aripea, Lodonga and Logiri.

 Nota Bene: 34 seminarians participate in the PSY and 27 seminarians proceeded to join theological studies in preparation for the service in the priestly ministry.

 4.2  Retreats and Recollections

In the last five years the venue for the retreat has been LODONGA SPACE CENACLE, in Lodonga Vicariate. The Vocations Department arranges for the facilitators, transportation to the venue, and ensures for the material welfare of the participants during the retreat.

The Recollections for the minor seminarians from Pokea Minor Seminary is held at deanery levels during the holidays, in one of the parishes of the deanery or at a suitable venue. The priest or a pastoral agent in charge of vocations in the deanery assists the minor seminarians in the organization of the recollection in collaboration with the Diocesan Vocations Department.

4.3 Aspirant Programme

The aspirant programme is meant to initiate the candidates or the young people who aspire to join the seminary- minor seminary and major seminary. It includes sensitizing pupils and students interested in joining Pokea Minor Seminary and other formation institutions; orientations sessions are organized for them in various parishes in collaboration with the parish priests. The aspirant programme helps to know the candidate, his family background, academics standards and the right intention and provide them with basic Christian formation. Topics covered in the aspirant programme include vocational discernment, human maturity, and psychosexual development, introduction to reading the Bible, and basics to Liturgy. We did this in collaboration with Pokea Minor Seminary. It is mean especially to prepare extra-mural candidates for admission to the major seminary.

Workshops and recollections are also organized for the students who finished senior six from Pokea Minor Seminary and are being prepared for the major seminary. During the workshops they are met and addressed by the Bishop Ordinary or his delegate. The Aspirant Programme has been undertaken successfully for the last five years.

4.4  Vocation Promotion Programme

This programme is meant to inspire and assist the Christian communities in fulfilling its mission of fostering vocations to priesthood and religious life. Every local church even at the level of the small Christian community needs to become sensitive and attentive to the pastoral care of vocations. This programme is a strategy that calls for all Christians to make a concerted effort to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life, while encouraging and supporting those called to marriage and the generous single life. This is a continuous programme.  The programme includes: creating awareness of vocations through social media (eg Radio Pacis); Visits to schools, institutions, families and parishes for vocations animation; Campaign of prayer in the parishes and institutions, particularly on the World Day of Prayer for Vocations (4th Sunday of Easter); Invitations to the individuals and the aspirants to participate in the aspirant programmes.

We participated in God is Calling Programme in Radio Pacis to run this programme of Vocations Promotion. We also had started DARVAC Arua (Diocesan and Religious Vocations Animators Committee).

Essential Books: These essential books are the Breviary, the African Bible, the Vatican Council II Documents, the Divine Office (Liturgy of Hours) and “We Pray and Sing to the Lord”.  We have been able to acquire: 

-   36 sets of the Divine Office. They are beign given out to deacons on their day of Ordination.

-   9 copies of Vatican Council II Documents

 -   15 copies of African Bibles

 -  20 copies of the Short Breviary (Morning and Evening Prayer Book).

 We have established a library from which the seminarians can borrow the books and then return after finished the formal formation for the priesthood.

5.0 CHALLENGES FACED IN THE YEAR 2011-2015

 In adequate finances to facilitate some of the programmes like the Pastoral Spiritual Year Programmes, vocations Promotion programmes and Aspirant Programme.

  1. Lack of means of transport: the Vocations Department does not have a means of transport to visit schools, institutions and parishes, the PSY seminarians and the seminaries.
  2. Increment of the cost-sharing of the Major Seminarians.  Since 1998, Uganda Episcopal Conference introduced cost-sharing in the National Major Seminaries. Due to the rapidly increasing cost of living, the cost sharing has also been rising. The private resources of many of the seminarians are insufficient to enable them to pay in the major seminaries.
  3. Inadequate essential books for the seminarians and for stocking the office library. These essential books are the Breviary, the African Bible, the Vatican Council II Documents and others      

    Requirements for Admission into the Major Seminary are the Following:

 -  At leas six credits in Ordinary Level with a credit in English

 -  At least two principle passes at Advanced Level with good pass in General Paper.

 -  Baptismal Certificate

 -  Confirmation Certificate

 -  Marriage Certificate of the parents (Church Marriage)

 -  Letters of recommendation from the Small Christian Community leaders, Chapel leaders and the Parish Priest.

 -  Medical Report of a recent medical examination  carried out.

 -  Report of the Pastoral Spiritual Year Experience for those joining theological studies.

 -  Orientation Report for the extra-mural candidates.