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St Nicholas Seminary


St Nicholas Seminary is a provincial theological college located in Ghana’s Cape Coast. It was founded in 1975 and USPG has supported it for many years, through both administrative support and the provision of scholarships for students. St Nicholas plays an important role in leadership development and clergy formation for the Church of the Province of West Africa.

The seminary’s mission is to educate lay and ordained leaders of the Church and world emphasizing the life of daily prayer and worship, a high sense of community life, pastoral care, ministerial formation and social justice. The training and formation of students at St Nicholas has a pastoral dimension. As they begin the formation programme, seminarians   come to understand that the priest, like Christ, is ordained ‘not to be served but to serve’, not to dominate, but to inspire and guide the people of God. He or she should become vividly aware of the Church’s mission to all people and be ready to minister to all people everywhere.

The seminary has three aspects to the training it gives: academic formation, ministerial formation and spiritual and moral formation. In addition to their academic coursework, students participate in real-life practical pastoral ministry at local schools, hospitals, parishes, prisons and institutions.

In 1992, the Provincial Synod of the Church of the Province of West Africa resolved to adopt St Nicholas Seminary as a Provincial institution open to students from across the Province. The seminary offers a Bachelor of Theology (BTh) degree course, a Diploma in Theology (Dip. Theo) awarded by the University of Cape Coast and the seminary’s own Diploma in Ministry, Certificate in Ministry and Certificate in Anglican Studies.

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