Student Life

Our SNS Community

formation Groups

Within the general framework of community living students will be given the opportunity at the beginning of the academic year to be part of a formation group.  A faculty member is appointed as Formator for the group and is responsible for:

  • Assisting the Dean in the discharge of his duties
  • Liaise between students of the group and other lecturers outside teaching hours.
  • Make themselves available for consultation in any matter a student considers important regarding welfare.
  • Meet with the students at least once a week
  • Evaluate the students once every semester in all aspects of the students’ life at the Seminary.
  • The Formator makes provision for the good government and welfare of the group as appropriate, subject to the approval of the Faculty.

Beyond Academia

Aside from the core purpose of ministerial formation and academic study, there are also plenty of other things to get involved in during your time at St Nicholas Seminary:

  • Sports – Members of the college take part in a wide range of sports including football. If you enjoy a “kick about” you’re more than welcome to join in. 
  • Social – situated in Cape Coast, the southern capital of Ghana, there are a wealth of activities to get involved in – from bird watching to forest hiking to beach and water activities. 
  • Common Room – The Student Common Room operates a social programme organised by the seminarians. 
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St. Nicholas Seminary uses three complementary instruments to realize its mission.

Academic Formation

St. Nicholas Seminary aims to encourage appetite and aptitude.  We believe in the importance of sound and broad theological training for people engaging with the challenge of the Church and the world, in their service of the Kingdom of God.  The major disciplines read at St. Nicholas Seminary are Biblical Studies, Christian Doctrine, Church History, Canon Law, Mission Studies, Pastoral Studies, philosophical Studies, Ethics, Comparative Study of Religion and Liturgy.  Alongside rigorous inquiry and intellectual stimulation, special attention is given to the meaning and importance of faith in theology in a way that academic formation enables enrichment of Christian development.

Ministerial Formation

Mission informs theology; therefore ministerial formation at St. Nicholas Seminary incorporates exposure to practical pastoral ministry supported by theoretical grounding to Pastoral placements.  Students undertake pastoral placements at local schools, hospitals, parishes, prions and institutions where they are encouraged to develop creative and effective responses to contemporary challenges faced by the Church in witness and service.

Spiritual and Moral Formation

St. Nicholas Seminary thrives on the Benedictine Spirituality of a communal life of daily prayer, worship and celebration of the Eucharist in a contemporary setting.  Through this, Seminarians are directed to respond freely and generously to the life of faithfulness to God, Church and the world, to commit themselves in loving obedience to Christ and those who exercise authority over their formation and to grow in high standards of moral and personal conduct as responsible ministers of the Gospel.  In the spirit of fraternal charity Seminarians are expected to respect the Seminary’s discipline of worship, study, recreation, manual work, rest and silence.  Formation groups meet as part of St. Nicholas’ commitment to help Seminarians reflect on their vocation.

Growth and Development

SNS and the church

In addition to our core mission values the Seminary desires to pioneer growth and development of the Church in West Africa and to cooperate with the leadership to engage in mission and ministry in the Church and society.  St. Nicholas Seminary strives to probe the depths of envisioning and enacting Church growth and development by bringing together the leaders and the theologians of our time for workshop and seminars for the purposes of stimulating reflection, research and projection of the activities of the Ghanaian Church within the worldwide Anglican Communion. 

The Seminary also exists to foster excellence in pastoral care and sensitivity in social awareness to encourage the Church in active service and leadership.

Furthermore, the Seminary serves the Church through short-term training programmes for the Lay Church leaders and workers.  The aim is to help these persons improve their understanding and knowledge of the Church’s teachings, their commitment as Christian leaders and their effectiveness in the ministry of the Church.

It also believes that theological education is greatly enhance when it is done within ecumenical and cross-cultural contexts.  Thus, the Seminary is committed to offering theological education and further training for clergy and laity of other denominations.

Want to find out more?

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