The Seminary of Ss. Peter and Paul, Bodija, Ibadan, Nigeria welcomes you. This is a regional seminary that trains candidates for the Roman Catholic Priesthood. The formation programme includes studies in Philosophy and Theology. As a regional Seminary, Saints Peter and Paul caters for the training need of the Ecclesiastical provinces of Lagos, Ibadan and Benin City.
The Mission of Saints Peter and Paul Major Seminary is the formation of men for sacred ministry in the celibate priesthood. The Seminary aims at training young men in priestly virtues and in the acquisition of such knowledge as requisite for the salvation of souls and the advancement of the Kingdom of God. The vision of the Formation Team is to train priests whose relevance to society will be apparent through the service they render. To do this effectively, provision is made for a serene environment for the nurturing of the inner growth of young men seeking holiness and the development of their intellect, talents and skills. Our Chapel is situated at the centre of the premises, reflecting Christ as the core of our life.
The Seminary programme is characterized by love and fidelity to the Church and her Magisterium and by the conviction that the Ordained Priesthood is a calling to a unique participation in the one priesthood of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the interrelated components of priestly formation – human, intellectual, spiritual and pastoral – are directed towards the formation of each seminarian as an alter Christus (another Christ), obedient to his Bishop, ready to preach the Gospel, administer the sacraments and like the Good Shepherd, cater for the spiritual needs of God’s people.
The Seminarian is expected to spend a total of 8 calendar years in the seminary. One of this is dedicated to the pastoral activities during which seminarians are provided with opportunities for learning pastoral skills for their future ministry. During this period the seminarian is encouraged to perceive the seminary as his home and the formation process as a continuous lifetime endeavour, one which continues even after ordination.