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The religious Superiors of the congregations working in Tanzania agreed early on with the Salvatorian Mission Superior, Fr. Andrew Urbanski, SDS, that there was need for an Institution of Higher Education for their Religious members – especially for those who felt a calling to the presbyteral ministry. To the great satisfaction of all concerned, preparations for such an institution began at Kola, in the town of Morogoro in Tanzania. Discussions concerning this project were initiated at the annual meeting of the Religious Superiors Association in Tanzania (RSAT) in 1988. Some time later it was clear that there was a need to have both a Philosophical and a Theological Department at the proposed institution.
On December 11, 1990, the Mission Chapter of the Salvatorian Mission in Tanzania agreed to work towards the organization of the Salvatorian Major Seminary in both philosophy and theology. It was decided that the Seminary’s patron would be the Founder of the Salvatorians, Fr. Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan. Permission was obtained by the Salvatorians in Tanzania to sponsor the project. The Rt. Rev. Bishop Adrian Mkoba, Ordinary of the Morogoro Diocese (on February 22, 1988), and the Rt. Reverend Archbishop Anthony Mayala, then Chairman of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (in his letter of March 2 of that year) on behalf of the Conference, gave the respective nihil obstat and their blessings. On September 2, 1990, the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, blessed the cornerstone of this Seminary at his meeting with the clergy and religious, during his pastoral visit in St. Peter’s Church, Dar es Salaam.
The new Mission Superior of the Salvatorians in Tanzania, Fr. Zdzislaw Tracz, SDS, became responsible for implementing the plan. He contacted the Swiss architect, Prof. Herbert Kramel of the University of Zurich in Switzerland, for the design of the buildings. With the Italo-Tanzanian Construction Firm, Coastal Steel, he arranged for the construction to begin in 1991 at Morogoro-Kola.
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