Sharing the Word Project for Catholic Seminaries
In 1889 the Pontifical Society of St. Peter the Apostle was set up to become an integral part of the work of the Pontifical Mission Societies. Its specific goal was to assist in the education of the ever-growing numbers of seminarians in the global south. This was and still is achieved principally by the provision of bursaries and of funding for the building of seminaries.
In 2012 POSPA set up the Sharing the Word Project to improve access to modern information technology and library resources in these seminaries, to train staff and find innovative and cooperative solutions for their chronic lack of funding exacerbated by dwindling help from traditional sources. Operated with the help of professional volunteers the project’s management was entrusted to Catholic Mission in Australia. Since then this Project has automated nearly twenty seminary libraries in West Africa (Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania), Asia (Myanmar) and in the Pacific (Papua New Guinea and Fiji). It also helps with the cataloguing of seminary libraries, shipping of books and with giving professional advice on library management suited to their circumstances.
Our Heide Schooling instructing staff during a seminary library automation in Uganda
Reorganizing the Seminary library in Pyin Oo Lwin (Myanmar)
Installing a computerized library system in Yangon (Myanmar)
Yangon Seminary students and staff in 2013