Tamale Institute of Cross Cultural Studies

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Official name Tamale Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies.
Country / Continent Ghana / Africa
Director of the institute Fr. Dr. Marek Kowalik.
Legal holder of the institute There are two founding members and legal holders: Society of the Divine Word (SVD) and the Catholic Archdiocese of Tamale.
Sponsor of the institute In general, however, since 2006 TICCS does not receive any subsides and as such is self-reliant.
Year of foundation 1983
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) 21 full time workers

4 part time workers

5 casual employees

7 volunteers (helpers).

Staff members of your institute Directors of TICCS is an SVD priest, Financial Secretary is a religious brothers (SVD), 3 Casual Lecturers are diocesan priests, all others are laypeople (with one of them being female).
Contact P.O. Box 1012

Tamale N.R.

Ghana


Tel: 233 71 22914

       027 510160


Fax: 233 71 22836


TICCS@africaonline.com.gh

Wiark2003@yahoo.com


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Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

Tamale Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies.

Director of the institute

Fr. Dr. Marek Kowalik.

Legal holder of the institute

There are two founding members and legal holders: Society of the Divine Word (SVD) and the Catholic Archdiocese of Tamale.

missio has been partially sponsoring a formation course for pastoral year seminarians of St. Victor’s Major Seminary (one month course a year); DKA Austria has been sponsoring yearly DKA Study Tour (one month course); Divine Word Missionaries, Missionaries of Africa, Christian Brothers, SSpS Sisters and other missionary congregations sponsor yearly courses for missionaries (one month course). In general, however, since 2006 TICCS does not receive any subsides and as such is self-reliant.

Vision / mission statement

Missions Statement: Formation of cross-cultural pastoral agents in view of the building of the Kingdom of God.

Main areas of work

Courses in methodology of language/culture learning for ministry, Cross-cultural research, Publications of the results of cross-cultural research.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

Course participants include the following: missionary priests, religious sisters and brothers, seminarians, missionaries from various Protestant churches (such as Lutheran missionaries form the USA); Catholic youth groups from Europe (such as the DKA Austria), social workers sponsored by centre for Ecumenical Work of the Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau, Germany, students (for MA and PhD degrees) from Ghana, USA and Europe doing research in TICCS.

Year of foundation

1967.

Organisational structure of the institute

TICCS structure:

TICCS Owners (Tamale Archdiocese 50% and Thana Province SVD 50%)

Board of Governors

Director and Assistant Director

Teaching and Research Staff

Administrative Staff (administrative and financial secretary, librarian and domestic bursar)

Support Staff (Receptionist, security, cooks, gardeners, cleaners, driver and casual)

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

21 full time workers

4 part time workers

5 casual employees

7 volunteers (helpers).

Staff members of your institute[2]

Directors of TICCS is an SVD priest, Financial Secretary is a religious brothers (SVD), 3 Casual Lecturers are diocesan priests, all others are laypeople (with one of them being female).

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

Marec Kowalik, PhD, Missiology

Sylvester A. Lawrence, Diploma Philosophy and Theology

Hariet Nutsugah, BA, Education

Eugene Suom-Dery, PhD, Ethics

Martin Abdulai, MA, Linguistics and human rights

Alhaji Husein Zakaria, PhD, Religious studies

Joshua Gariba, MA, Anthropology.

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

Pastoral options TICCs feels obliged to are: training of all those involved in cross-cultural Christian ministry and those involved in cross-cultural development.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

The pastoral focus areas of TICCS include: language and culture learning for ministry, mission and development (towards culturally sensitive development for building of God’s Kingdom).

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

Pastoral aims: to help pastoral agents to become insiders in a specific pastoral context, to become bi-cultural persons in their ministry in Ghana.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

TICCS organizes formation programs fostering culture specific ministry. TICCS coordinates and supervises immersion programs for newly arrived missionaries as well as seminarians helping them to realize that language and culture learning are already a ministry.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

Innovative training courses have been introduced recently; Women and Ministry in Ghana, African Traditional Religion and Development, and Cross Cultural Spirituality.

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

It aims at empowering pastoral agents to see better things from insiders perspectives (including the knowledge of people’s values and attitudes) in order to promote culture specific evangelization. It facilitates an inculturated ministry.

What notion of God inspires your work?

The Trinitarian notion of God who cares for and loves all irrespective of cultural, racial and religious background, the notion of God who rejoices in cultural diversity.

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

TICCS is a Catholic ecumenical institution and it applies the Christian principle to see all as God’s children and treating people as such. The doors of the institute are opened to all. TICCS, therefore, has both local and international relations.

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?

The basic process to analyse reality is to do cultural analysis (an important tool of cultural anthropology). TICCS also encourages pastoral agents to fellow the participant – observer method in their ministry: the outcome of this method is the issue of application what one observed and experiences (‘what does it mean to me and my ministry’). To facilitate the analysis of reality TICCS uses lectures, group discussions, field trips, study tours, immersion programs, directed reading, supervisions, films etc.

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

The basic prophetic approach of TICCS is the servant-learner approach for a cross-cultural minster. It equips him/her to become an insider in evangelizing the people and at the same time to be counter-cultural if needed.

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

Cross-cultural course and study tours.

Field education programs.

Seminars and workshops.

Research work.

Publications (of research work results and seminars).

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

Language learning for beginners series: Twi, Dagbanli, Gonja and Likpakpam.

Witchcraft mentality in Ghana.

Culture drama and peace building.

ATR and Christian ministry.

Cross-cultural spirituality.

Dagbanli and the Bible (to be published in 2013).

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

Cross-cultural training, language/culture/action learning for priests, religious men and women, and lay minsters have always been the most important service rendered by TICCS.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

TICCS is doing good but could and should do better.

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

New courses and programs are being developed with the aim of bring closer the issues of cross-cultural ministry and culture specific development. The courses include the following:

Women and Development

ATR and Development

Missions and Development

Culture and Development.

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

Main difficulties: more trained personnel needed, a new mini bus to be purchased and keeping the library updated (in the following areas: cultural anthropology, linguistics, religions in Africa and integral human development).

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

At present TICCS is challenged to keep balance between programs/course for foreigner and local people.

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

We will like to see the continuous progress of TICCS with more programs responding to the needs and requests of people locally and internationally.

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

TICCS provides local students with partial scholarship funds. Local clinics, orphanages and primary schools have been benefiting from the contributions of TICCS course participants. Learners of the TICCS village immersion programs have been donating cash and items to the various village communities.

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)?

TICCS has been publishing a Newsletter. However, for sometime now there is no assistant director to take care of it.

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

The Catholic Archdiocese of Tamale is the founding member of the institute, and apart from the Archbishop, it has three members on the TICCS board. Some years ago, the director of TCCS addressed the entire Bishops’ Conference. Some Bishops have given talks and conferences in TICCS over the years.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

On the national level TICCS has links with St. Victor’s Seminary in Tamale and with the Akrofi Christaller Institute (it is a Presbyterian research and applied theology institute).

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

On the international level TICCS has links with the SVD Anthropos Institute, Germany (TICCS sends annual reports for the Anthropos interlink).

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

Most of the TICCS courses include inputs on African Traditional Religion and Islam in Ghana. The inputs are usually followed by a visit to the traditional shrine and local mosque.

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

TICCS is a Catholic ecumenical institute and, for example, it includes Protestant missionaries in all types of courses.

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

The Director of TICCS is a lecturer of missiology and pastoral theology at St. Victor’s Seminary. Tamale. At the same time, two lecturer from the Seminary help out in the TICCS courses. The affiliation with the Akrofi Christaller institute has not been fruitful.

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

International and intercontinental exchanges and affiliations are most welcome by TICCS.


  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.