HISTORY OF ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE MINOR SEMINARY
St. Paul the Apostle Minor Seminary affectionally known as ‘Mother SPAS’ by the students, is found in the diocese of Mangochi and it opened its doors on 4th November 1985. It is a special institution where Catholics boys who feel called to the life of priesthood are helped to discern their vocation and are given appropriate means to strengthen and embrace this call. The seminary’s core function is therefore to lead seminarians on their journey to discover what is expected of them and respond freely and responsibly to the will of God.
St. Paul the apostle minor seminary which is found in Mangochi district is located at the foot of Chiusi Hills, along Mangochi, Namwera road, Bakili Muluzi high way.
Tribute to the Late Bishop Alessandro Assolari
The late bishop Allessandro Assolari founded this important institution with an aim of providing a conducive environment to young men who feel called to the priesthood by god to discern deeply this call and follow it. The idea was very challenging and demanding but god blessed the work.
Born on august 26, 1928 in Bergamo, Italy, he was ordained a catholic priest of the missionaries of the Company of Mary (popularly known as Montfort missionaries) on march 13, 1954. Soon after his ordination, he was dispatched on a first possible ship to serve god among the people of Madagascar then Zomba diocese in the then Nyasaland a short while later. When Mangochi was elevated prefecture apostolic of Fort Johnstone on may 29th 1969 then promoted as a diocese on September 17th 1973, he was appointed its apostolic prefect then first bishop. He retired on November 2th, 2004 and eventually died as an emeritus bishop of the diocese during his holiday in Italy on April 13 2005. He was buried in his home village in Bergamo , Italy. The diocese’s jurisdiction reigns within an area of 11,385km2 .It covers the whole part of Mangochi and parts of Machinga and Balaka districts. Until his death , Mangochi was the only diocese in Africa to have its own complete seminary formation system; Holy cross preparatory seminary at Ulongwe, the magnificient work of architecture – St Paul the Apostle Minor Seminary beneath Chiutsi Hills and the epitome of priestly formation – St John the Baptist Major Seminary overlooking Lake Malombe , housing both philosophy and theology faculties. The motto for st. paul seminary is ‘ bonum certamen certa’ Latin expression which means : ‘fight a good fight’ a biblical text from ; 1 timothy 6:12. The motto stresses the need to fight for our faith so that we can win the eternal life for ourselves and for others. It is really a call that we are all called to respond to as long as we live.
The success of the seminary is hinged on its ability to produce priests. About 38 young men have been ordained priests and some of them have been in active priestly ministry for close to 14 years. This means that within the past 24 years st. paul the apostle minor seminary has managed to produce over half of the entire local workforce the diocese of Mangochi has.
There is a clear indication that the seminary in as long as it exists, shall give hope of some more priests to be ordained, and therefore more local clergy in the diocese. Besides those working as ordained priests, the minor seminary’s contribution in the civil society cannot be undermined. To date, about 1567 students have passed through the corridors of st. paul seminary .Of these, 25% have been ordained priests, 26% are still undergoing formation while 49% are plying various trades in the world, to the social and economic well being of our country and elsewhere.
SEMINARY’S PILLARS FOUNDED AFTER ST. PAUL THE APOSTLES LIFE AND TEACHINGS
Guided by its motto, ‘fight a good fight’, St. Paul the Apostle Minor Seminary strictly aims at educating and developing the whole person. For this reason; the seminary has four main areas of focus, namely spiritual, intellectual, social and pastoral. These are the four pillars by which the seminary is guided in its endeavor to develop young men holistically as they undertake the long journey to discern their vocation to the priesthood.
During their stay in the seminary, seminarians are expected to cultivate a deep life of prayer, communal and personal, which is an important requirement in the formation of the future priests. Apart from having daily Eucharistic Celebration, the community of st. paul enjoys a daily program spiced up by moments of prayer and other spiritual activities like the daily rosary, weakly spiritual talks by the General Spiritual director, Eucharistic benediction , monthly recollections, annual retreats etc.
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Luwalika Health Centre also called Makanjira Health Centre is one of the oldest health facilities in Mangochi Diocese. It was established in 1975 and is under The Administration of Namwera Catholic Parish.
To provide maternal and child health, curative health services and fight against HIV/AIDs in the communities.
It is located in Makanjira Village in T/A Katuli east of Mangochi and is 12 km away from the nearest government health centre, Katuli Health Centre. It is approximately 85 kilometers away from Mangochi and is one of the hard to reach facilities in Mangochi.
Luwalika health Centre has a catchment area of 24,110 population.
Luwalika health Centre has 8 beds. It provides a number of health and medical services for both in-patients and out-patients. Services provided include;
- Outpatient department (OPD)
- Antenatal and Post-natal care
- Under Five children clinic
- Sexual and Reproductive health information
- HIV testing and Counseling, PMTCT, ART, PEP
- Youth recreation and Peer education
- Prevention, Diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted infection, Cervical cancer and other RH related health problems
- Youth friendly services
Luwalika health centre has 8 houses. Some staff members live outside the campus. the houses are old and dilapidated. The houses need to rehabilitate and also to build other houses. Patient attendant houses they have only one room. It’s difficult for big families.
The Catholic Health Commission has made initial contact with Manos Unidas of Spain for financial support for the rehabilitation of the facility’s infrastructure. Manos Unidas is a traditional donor of Catholic Health Commission and has already supported the rehabilitation of Mase and Lugola (Saiti Masungu) Health Centres and is now supporting the rehabilitation of Katema Health Centre and the completion of the rehabilitation works is expected by January 2018. If all goes well, The Commission expects to start rehabilitation of the health centre mid-2019. The rehabilitation package will include the rehabilitation of the structure itself, construction of TB room, provision of solar-powered borehole to provide running water to the facility as well as staff houses among others. This will enable the facility to improve service delivery as well as qualify it to be under Service Level Agreement (SLA) with Malawi Government through Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM). SLA is an arrangement between the government and the health facility whereby the facility provides selected health services especially maternal and child health services to the community for free and the government reimburses the facility the cost of services provided plus a small amount which acts as a profit to the facility.
LUNTHA TELEVISION is a conceived idea of The Montfort Missionaries to start a Christian television station as early as 1982. However, due to the political environment in Malawi at that time, they began to implement it as Kuwala Video Production studio in order to educate and evangelize through electronic images. Kuwala Studios were based at Ulongwe in Balaka District. The Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority granted Montfort Missionaries a television licence for Luntha TV in 2005. Luntha started beaming from Kuwala studios in Ulongwe on 27 May 2007. Upon completion of construction of the television buildings in August, 2008, the station moved from Ulongwe to Balaka.
Luntha TV has qualified and experienced staff who produce quality feature, documentary and television broadcast programs that deal with a number of issues concerning society, development, culture, faith and family values,
as guided by the audience research that was conducted in 2009. Following the citizen approach, our programs are interactive, their content ranging from information, education, entertainment, relaxation to spiritual uplifting. Upon invitation, Luntha TV does event coverage and post production broadcasting. We also do promotional, sponsored and commercial productions on request.
Luntha TV is a Catholic media house. Our values are based on our identity and guided by the Gospel values with respect to the Vatican Council II documents Gaudium et Spes and Inter Mirifica, the Special Synods of Africa (1995 and 2009) as well as the mission of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM). The station promotes sanctity of life, unity and solidarity of all the people as a family of God, reconciliation, Justice and peace, contact and dialogue and inclusiveness rather than exclusiveness. Luntha TV accommodates every Christian as well as people of other creeds
Luntha Tv boasts of quality twenty four hours quality broadcasting, seven days per week and the station enjoys good relation with Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) which is an established international Catholic television station; many visual electronic media production studios in the region which include the United Nations’ IRIN, Kenya Episcopal Conference’s Ukweli Video Productions, the Zambia-Malawi Jesuit Provinces’ Loyola Video productions and the Pauline’s Audial-Visual – Africa. These links bring to our viewers regional as well as global contents.
Locally Luntha TV partners with many non-governmental organizations such as NICE, ADRA, World Vision, YONECO, DREAM Project, CADECOM and CCJP. The station has had many productions in both English and Chichewa which are used as teaching, promotional and counselling tools by educational institutions, churches and non-governmental organizations in both rural and urban areas. It is only Luntha TV as a television station that constantly conducts audience researchs so as to determine and satisfy the needs of its viewers.