Centro de Farmacao de Nazaré

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Official name Centro de Formacao de Nazaré.
Country / Continent Mozambique / Africa
Director of the institute Fr. Hugh Seenan (Missionary of Africa/White Father).
Legal holder of the institute Archdiocese of Beira.
Sponsor of the institute There is no on sponsor. Missio, Manos Unidas sponsor parts of our programme this year.
Year of foundation Original Foundation 1967.

Re-foundation after Nationalization 1994.

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) 6 part time, 15 Volunteers.
Staff members of your institute Fr. Hugh Seenan MAfr., Director, Fr. Fidel Salazar MAfr., Assistant Director, Bro. Konrad Millanzi MAfr., Alfredeo Manuel, Administrator, Celestino Edmundo, Assistant Administrator, Joaquim Manuel, Catechist and Formation.
Contact C.P. 8

Beira

Mozambique

nazarecfb@gmail.com


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Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

Centro de Formacao de Nazaré.

Director of the institute

Fr. Hugh Seenan (Missionary of Africa/White Father).

Legal holder of the institute

Archdiocese of Beira.

There is no on sponsor. Missio, Manos Unidas sponsor parts of our programme this year.

Vision / mission statement

To be a force and a place for Christian Formation, first of all in the Archdiocese of Beira, secondly for the Church in Mozambique.

Main areas of work

Youth Programmes based on our Boas Maneiras programme which tries to integrate the best of traditional values and modern values in the light of the Gospel: For young people preparing for Baptism, for young people preparing for Confirmation, other parish youth groups, school groups.

Catechists: Regular formation for volunteer catechist.

Formation of Lay Leaders in the parishes and small Communities.

Theology Week. An annual theology week, sponsored by missio to promote theological formation and study.

Spiritual Retreats.

A place which other groups can use for their won formation programmes. Used by groups like Catholic University, various NGOs, Caritas, Justice and Peace etc.

Some of the above is done by outreach programmes, especially for parishes and groups at distance from the Centre. Some parishes are 500 km away.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

Most of our courses are for Lay People, but priests and religious use the centre for their own programmes. In the theology week, there is an overwhelming participation of priests and religious.

Young People: Mainly Catholics preparing for sacraments and other parish groups. School groups which are usually ecumenical, even when they are from Catholic Schools. Groups from other Churches.

Lay Leaders from Parishes and the Small Communities.

Retreats: Mainly Priests and Religious.

Year of foundation

Original Foundation 1967.

Re-foundation after Nationalization 1994.

Organisational structure of the institute

See organigram annexed.

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

6 part time, 15 Volunteers.

Staff members of your institute[2]

Fr. Hugh Seenan MAfr., Director, Fr. Fidel Salazar MAfr., Assistant Director, Bro. Konrad Millanzi MAfr., Alfredeo Manuel, Administrator, Celestino Edmundo, Assistant Administrator, Joaquim Manuel, Catechist and Formation.

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

Fr. Hugh Seenan B Sc (Hons) (Glasgow), PGCE, STB MA (MIL-Leuven), Fr. Fidel Salazar STB (Toulouse), Joaquim Manuel Catechist (Centro de Guiua-Inhambane).

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

Those of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique. Most important is the document of the Diocesan Synod of 2007. Inculturation.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

Youth Ministry trying to combine traditional values and the best of modernity in the light of the Gospel. Formation of Volunteer catechist. Formation of Lay Leaders of the various ministries in the parishes and Small Christian Communities. Theological Updating and Formation through our Annual Theology Week. Spiritual Retreats. Outreach to distant parishes and groups of the Archdiocese – some are over 500 km away from Beira. Inculturation influences all the above.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

A resource centre for the Archdiocese for all mentioned in 2 above. Innovators in the area of Inculturation.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

A place for parish groups and groups of the consecrated life to come for formation programmes, organised by us or by the group who comes. People who can be called by parishes to give programmes of formation.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

A special session for Adults elected for Baptism at Easter. We have taken over the Initiation Retreats for Young People. This is an attempt at having a corresponding Christian Initiation corresponding to tribal ones.

What does this mean for the areas of catechesis, deaconry and liturgy?

Inculturation permeates all our work.

What notion of God inspires your work?

A God who loves, forgives and heals and who is always near to his people. A God who was known by our non-Christian ancestors.

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

It shapes all our work.

What processes do you use or develop to analyse reality? How are these elaborated and how are they linked to pastoral care? How do you pass these processes on?

All the management team have followed Training for Transformation courses and also See, Judge, Act. There are a minimum of three courses of TFT here in the Centre every year, organized by the Justice and Peace commission, as well as in parishes distant from the Centre.

What prophetic approaches does the institute put into practice with a view to shaping society?

The working conditions and salaries of our employees. Our farm and the assistance we give the local farmers.

What does the work of the institute involve exactly? (Framework conditions? Publications? Courses? Lectures? Congress?...)

Courses for Parish groups and Diocesan groups. Annual Theology week. The Acts are published. Visits to parishes distant from Beira. Spiritual Retreats. Initiation Retreats. Providing a good environment with good food and living conditions and good facilities for formation for others groups to offer their formation programmes.

What magazines, periodicals, books, manuals, work aids, methodological instructions etc. does your institute publish?

The Acts of the Theology Week.

What do you consider to be the most important service of your institute?

Our youth work and programmes.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

By a weekly evaluation of the preceding week in the Centre. A yearly evaluation. Linked to the above all groups who come to the centre do an evaluation.

What are the most important developments that you are dealing with at present?

Taking over the Initiation Retreats. Crisis in funding with having to rely more and more on local resources especially non-Church groups who use the Centre to substitute funding from Europe. Preparing to hand over in the future the running of the Centre to Diocesan Priests.

What are the main difficulties your institute is confronted with in its work?

Getting Parish Priests to send groups. The weak financial position of parishes which restricts their capacity to send groups. Getting good staff and cooperadores.

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

The transition form a missionary society running the centre to diocesan priests running the centre. The Archbishop has just resigned because of age. He has been a great support. New Bishops and priests seem to be more conservative. It is to be seen how a new Archbishop will view the centre. Replacing the excellent lay staff we have on our management team as the come closer to retirement.

What hopes, dreams and visions do you have for your institute?

To continue to form the youth. As the economic situation improves to have more and more lay leaders coming for formation programmes. The archdiocesan commissions in their various areas organising more programmes hear. To strengthen the Christian Initiation retreats and programme.

To what extent does your institute support laypeople in the Church and in society?

Very Well.

How do you communicate your experiences and results to the respective local church, to neighbouring local churches and to other addressees (e.g. institutions affiliated to you)?

By participating and making reports in the various commissions and meetings of the Archdioceses where we are represented such as the Pastoral Commission.

To what extent does cooperation with the Bishops’ Conference of your country or with your diocese take place?

We are an institute of the Archdiocese and the cooperation is excellent. We also have good relations with the Bishops’ Conference. They have some of their meetings here. When they have inter-diocesan conferences with priests, religious and laity involved, they are usually here due our facilities and central location. We have also been asked to be involved in the drawing up of a national catechism.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

Loose ties with the Bishops’ Conference. Very weak links with the other two Pastoral Centre in Nampula and Inhambane.

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

At a White Father level we are connected with our Centres: Fenza in Lusaka Zambia, Kanengo in Lilongwe, Malawi, Kungoni in Mua, Malawi.

What kind of interreligious cooperation does take place with non-Christian religions?

With Islam and world religions very little, although we had a Muslim presence at our Theology Week on Interreligious Dialogue. We have good relations with the local leaders of traditional religion. When two years ago we opened the Archdiocesan Cemetery here in Nazare, we called them to do traditional rites of dedication before our Catholic ones.

What kind of ecumenical cooperation does take place with non-Catholic churches?

Very little. WE always invite people to the Theology Week but here participation is weak. We have though had groups from the Anglicans, Methodists and other Protestant groups using our premises and also courses.

Which theological mergers/associations are you affiliated with (personally or as an institute)?

None.

How can we assist you with your intercontinental exchanges and with exchanges between the continents?

I am Scottish, my assistant is Mexican and the third White Father member is Tanzanian. In our Theology Week we have South Americans, Europeans and Indians, as well as other African Countries. The support that MISSIO gives to our Theology Week assists tremendously in exchange. Obviously, we hope that it continues.




  1. It would be interesting to know among other things whether course participants are active at parish, diocesan or supra-diocesan level and whether courses are attended by priests, religious or laypeople.
  2. It would be interesting to know among other things whether the staff members of the institute are priests, religious or laypeople.