It was on August 7, 2005 that a black man stood before the congregation of Immaculate Heart of Mary. He bagan to speak. His voice was soft with an unfamiliar accent. He pronounced each word in perfect English. He said,
"I am Fr. Joshua Nailon Nyoni, coming from the continent of Africa, and the country called Zimbabwe."
Thus began our journey with Fr. Joshua. A journey that has been filled with spiritual guidance and a growing fondness for this humble man from Africa.
ST. AUGUSTINE'S REGIONAL MAJOR SEMINARY
MY WORK AT ST. AUGUSTINE'S
What is my Work?
I think the Bishops were stranded. It seems they couldn’t find anyone and so they asked me to be Acting Rector of the St. Augustine Seminary. I didn’t expect it. I couldn’t say "No", I took the responsibility. As Rector, one has to be tough, but you all know me, I am not so tough. In fact, I am very soft. But I am expected to be tough. I am beginning to be tough. As Rector, I deal with the discipline of the seminarians. I prepare lectures for students and I have to do the buying of food and everything else to make sure that things move smoothly and if not, I take the blame.
How many are we in the Seminary?
The Teaching Staff is composed of 5 resident Priests and 10 professors from outside, both priests and lay people.[I am ready to employ any of you who are retired, to come and teach philosophy of science]. Presently, we were having 127 seminarians, ages ranging from 17 to 25/26. They undertake a 3year course of philosophy. We were having 34 in 1st year, 43 in 2nd year and 50 in 3rd year. These 50 have graduated and will be moving to Theology, to do 4yrs of Theology. With these 50, I have done some screening and this has been the toughest job for me, to tell a seminarian to go home or help him decide otherwise.
Many thanks to you all. God bless you.