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St. Joseph’s Scholasticate Turns 75

In 1943 a team of Oblate missionaries from France established St. Joseph’s Scholasticate in Cedara, South Africa.  Over the years, St. Joseph’s has grown into one of the most productive Oblate formation programs in the world as it continues to nourish and mold fervent priests and brothers for the local Church and beyond.

Father Neil Frank, O.M.I., Provincial for the Oblates’ Southern African Province, said the scholasticate has always brought contextual theology to bear on the current social-political problems in Africa, such as poverty, land issue, corruption and limitations in education.  He also noted that the scholasticate has grown to become a resource for all of Africa and today it is no longer dominated by South Africans.

“This has increased the inter-cultural experience and has enriched our lives,” said Fr. Frank.  “It also provides a good basis for clarifying what are the African questions that need to be addressed and seeking the African answers to them.”