The Anglican Seminary of the Church of the Province of West Africa
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!” – Isaiah 6:8 NRSV
St. Nicholas Seminary strives to be a centre of excellence in African Christian leadership, to provide training for ordained and lay ministry within the Church and society, and to be globally recognised as a place of exceptional formation and learning.
St Nicholas Seminary equips the people of God in their response to His call on their lives, to serve in the Church and to herald Christ’s transformative power in the world – offering formation for both lay and ordained ministry.
Upholding the Catholic and Apostolic Faith proclaimed in the Scriptures and interpreted in the light of tradition and reason, St Nicholas Seminary seeks to be a creative focus to explore how we share in God’s mission and the proclamation of his Gospel to all the world, following the example of Jesus Christ our Servant King.
At SNS we believe that in order to serve the people of God a candidate for ministry should strive to achieve fundamental goals.
In other words the candidate for the priesthood should strive to be a learned, holy and committed person of God, who represents Christ before people.
Seminarians, as well as embarking on pastoral and sacramental formation, will typically undergo one of the following formal academic programmes. Details of suitability for each route will be discussed at the time of your application.
Since 2000, St Nicholas has enjoyed affiliation with the University of Cape Coast which awards the Bachelor in Theology taught at St Nicholas.
Since 2000, St Nicholas has enjoyed affiliation with the University of Cape Coast which awards the Diploma in Theology taught at St Nicholas.
The seminary facilitates and awards its own Diploma in Ministry
The seminary facilitates and awards its own Certificate in Ministry
For those seminarians who, due to family and church commitments, may not be able to join in the regular taught formation, St Nicholas Seminary offers customised "sandwich" programmes tailored to individual circumstance.
Thank you for taking the time to find out more about St Nicholas Seminary, which we affectionately call SNS – we hope you will choose to join us on your journey of formation.
The entire training of Seminarians here at SNS is oriented towards the formation of becoming true shepherds of God’s flock – after the perfect model of Christ-the Good Shepherd. The starting point of all that we do is the Priesthood of Christ – who came “not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many”. It was the Lord’s concern to lead people ultimately to His Father. Through baptism, God’s people share in the Priesthood of Christ. The vocation of the ministerial priest is precisely to serve God’s people as they grow in the likeness of the Lord and share more deeply in His redeeming mission.
The training and formation of Seminarians at SNS is routed in pastoral ministry. As you begin your formation, as an SMS Seminarian you will come to understand that the priest, like Christ, is ordained “not to be served but to serve”, not to dominate, but to inspire and guide the people of God. Over the course of your time with us here at SNS, you will become vividly aware of the Church’s mission to all people, and be ready to minister to all people everywhere.
Please take a moment to look around our website and contact us to find out more about how you can come as join us as you discern God’s calling on your life and together we build Christ’s kingdom together in West Africa and beyond.
The Venerable Joseph Justice Bain-Doodu, Dean of St Nicholas Seminary
When Samuel was awoken in the night by the voice of God no less than four times, it took him several attempts, as well as guidance by Eli the Priest, before he finally discerned who was truly calling him and he finally answered.
Vocation to ministry in Christ’s church always starts through listening – listening to the guidance of others (your local Priest and Diocesan Directory of Ordinands), people in your congregation, your friends and family, as well as by discernment in your own heart as you pray and listen to God’s call on your life.
If you believe you’re being called to ministry within the Anglican Church here in West Africa and you’ve already spoken with your Priest and Diocesan vocations officer – it might be time for you to consider joining us here at St Nicholas Seminary for the next stage of your journey.
Take a look at our Academic and Spiritual Formation programmes and, when you’re ready, Contact us to find out how you can continue your journey as a member of our family.