About Us


The Spiritan International School of Theology (SIST), Attakwu-Enugu is both a seminary and an institute of theology established in 1987 for the training of priests for religious missionary work and of lay men and women who would become effective parts of the local Church in Africa or anywhere in the world. Its founding Rector was Rev Fr Dr Elochukwu E. Uzukwu, C.S.Sp.

SIST was founded by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans or Holy Ghost Fathers & Brothers) under the proprietorship of the Union of the Circumscriptions of Anglo-phone West Africa (UCAWA). Today, it is the biggest theological seminary owned by Spiritans worldwide and it contributes the largest number of young missionaries to the work force of the Congregation annually.

Besides Spiritans, SIST provides other religious missionary groups the place of training their candidates for the priesthood such as the Claretians, Saviourites, Conceptionists and Theatines. The Dominicans, the Benedictine, and the Missionary Servants of the Church were part of us until they got their own institutes of study.

Internationality and inter-culturality are important features of our institute. The population of our students and staff is made up of people from over nine different countries in Africa including Cameroon, Congo Kinshasa, Gabon, the Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Uganda. They all belong to diverse ethnic or cultural groups and speak different languages.

In essence, SIST is a place of encounter for nations and cultures where each distinct people and their way of life are appreciated and promoted. The national flags of assorted colours, different languages and styles of dressing all add beauty to our life and form part of the richness that people enjoy by belonging to or associating with us. Ours is a bold testimony, particularly in Africa, of the kingdom community where ethnic, cultural and national differences contribute positively to fellowship and joy of the Holy Spirit. 

By being in our institute, students and lecturers become acquainted with different languages and cultures. An alumnus of SIST is hardly a stranger to cultural diversity. Hence, the saying is that "SIST internationalizes and inter-culturalizes everybody who comes in contact with or passes through it." 

Since its inception, SIST has produced more than 346 priests and a good number of scholars of repute. Many of these people are found as missionaries in Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, Asia and Australia.  

SIST plays a very important role in the growth of the local Church in Nigeria. No wonder it enjoys the goodwill of and cordial relationship with the bishops of Nigeria, the Superiors of other religious Congregations and other seminaries.
 
It has also continued to contribute to the lives of the people of the community (Attakwu, Akagbe Ugwu) in which it is situated. We share with them our faith, drinking water, our vehicles as their means of getting to the city, the opportunities we have for certain medical services and our access road. 

In all, SIST combines prayer, worship, farming, sports, cultural networking and pastoral outreach with assiduous academic studies towards an integral development of the human person for effective ministry.
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