At a solemn and dignified celebration of Mass in the SJV Chapel on 7 February 2014 at 17h00, the Most Reverend William Slattery, Archbishop of Pretoria, inaugurated the new Academic Year. He was assisted by the President, Fr Molewe Machingoane, the Vice-President, Fr Masilo Selemela, together with Priests on the staff and participating religious communities who concelebrated this Mass. This special celebration included the “Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders” where Archbishop Slattery admitted some 24 students, who have recently completed their Philosophical programme, to candidacy as they enter the Theological study and formation Programme. These young men, who have in this time demonstrated sufficient maturity, publicly expressed their intention to continue the journey of formation, and of preparing themselves to be ready to serve Christ and His Church faithfully. (See names and pics of these students by clicking on “Students: Theology 1” Page).

In his homily Archbishop Slattery urged all Seminarians in formation to cultivate a relationship with Christ which would enable them to joyfully continue the journey in faith and trust, notwithstanding the challenges along the way. A life of communion, of relationship with others, ought to be cultivated here and now in the seminary community for umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu (a person is a person through others). Priesthood, he said, is a wonderful and joy-filled life worth living and aspiring to.

After the joyful and spirit filled celebration of Mass a festive meal was enjoyed by all.