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St John Vianney Seminary

Joy Brain

Published 2002  |  278  Pages |  ISBN 978-1-875053-31-X
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50 Years of Priestly Training (Joy Brain editor)
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Joy Brain editor In the period up to the Second World War many of the young men intending to study for the priesthood were sent overseas for this purpose. The outbreak of the war in 1939 made this impossible, and the Apostolic Delegate, Archbishop Martin Lucas, strongly supported the move to open a seminary to train diocesan priests in South Africa. The seminary, named after St John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests, opened in temporary quarters in Queenstown in 1948 and remained there until the Pretoria building was ready in 1951. From the beginning the Irish Franciscans undertook the teaching and continued to do so until 1998. The first black rector was then appointed. This book sets out to show how the seminary developed between 1948 and 2001, tracing the effects of political events in South Africa on the institution, the staff and the seminarians. It celebrates both the first fifty years under the Irish Franciscans and the first fifty years in Waterkloof, Pretoria. JB Brain, a professor emeritus of the University of Durban-Westville, is a professional historian with research interests in Catholic Church history, particularly South African. She has published widely on the subject

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