Helping to train good shepherds
Missio Scotland works with Church leaders and supports the seminary at Kaduna in Northern Nigeria by sponsoring students through their training. Students are sponsored by individuals, high schools, and parish groups.
Fr Julius Kundi of the Good Shepherd Seminary previously visited Scotland—the parishes of Glasgow Archdiocese and Motherwell Diocese—to thank parishioners for their support, but also to ask them to continue that support due to the increase of vocations in the country.
Despite the Church facing challenges from increased secularism and religious persecution from extremists, the seminary had been inundated with young men wanting to become priests—something he described as a ‘happy problem’—and Fr Kundi needed to raise funds so as to expand to accommodate them.
“We had so many young men wanting to become priests that we needed to expand our seminary,” Fr Kundi said. “We needed to build new accommodation to allow us to take in 120 and even then we still had to turn candidates away.
“I had a wonderful welcome in Scotland. People were so friendly and were keen to support our work, for which I am really grateful.”
During Fr Kundi’s visit, Missio Scotland’s then Development manager John Evitt presented him with a Scottish Quaich, while Fr Kundi gifted Missio Scotland a colourful cloth with a Nigerian design on it.
“Missio Scotland was delighted to host Fr Kundi on his visit to Scotland in his appeal to parishioners for prayers and financial support to help the seminary in Kaduna meet its demand for places,” John Evitt said. “The priests who qualify there have a very high reputation in Nigeria and do excellent work spreading the Gospel.”