Inter-Franciscan College - Faculty Council

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An assembly of the Philosophy Faculty Council of our Interfranciscan College took place in Lusaka, Zambia on May 5-7, 2009.

According to tradition, the Council is made up of General Definitors from the Franciscan Order (OFM Conv., OFM, OFM Cap.) and the Superiors of all the jurisdictions of the Franciscan Order present in Africa, having students studying Philosophy at our common institution. All in all 17 Superiors or delegates participated from the jurisdictions of Africa: 5 Coventual Francsicans (Friars Patrick Chisanga, Zambia; Tadeusz Brzozowski, Kenya; Josaphat Mmbaga, Tanzania; Bortolino Maistrello, Ghana; and myself), 4 OFM, 6 OFM Cap., and 2 Superiors from other congregations associated with the College. The assembly was directed by the present Rector of the College, Friar Mark Mbando, OFM Cap., who has been confirmed for another three years as Rector.

30 student Friars have completed the 2008-2009 academic year, with 26 receiving BPh degrees from the Antonianum.

There will be 133 students in Philosophy for the 2009-10 academic year (of which 37 are Conventuals: Zambia, 19; Kenya, 12; Tanzania, 3; Ghana, 3). Philosophy studies together with a course in Franciscanism covers a period of three years. The institution is permanently affiliated with the PUA/Antonianum. The professors come from the First Order and the other Congregations of men and women.

Among the various questions the Council addressed were the following themes:

  1. The need for new professors of Philosophy and Franciscanism. The Council made an appeal for seeking out and preparing new professors. Actually there are some Friars who are preparing themselves to become teachers on the Faculty. The members of the Council have stressed the urgency of preparing the Friars of the First Order to come and teach Franciscanism.
  2. The institution follows the norms of the Episcopal Conference in accepting students to the Seminary. All must have the necessary qualifications of University students. At present 95% of the student Friars qualify for a University level BA in Philosophy.
  3. The construction of new classrooms, for which the General Curias of the First Order have contributed, have been completed. Each classroom will hold 60 students.
  4. In the future, the construction of a new multipurpose hall that would bring all the students together for various activities is needed: a common dining room, a conference hall. At present the college only has one common lecture hall and a chapel. All the other activities have to be done in the houses of the various Franciscan communities located on the same property. They hope to create more opportunities to come together.
  5. A budget was presented for the cost of the institution. Thanks to the increase in the number of students, the cost remains about the same (each student costs USD 1400 per year for two semesters; whereas the theology study in Nairobi cost USD 1900 a year).
  6. The next meeting of the Faculty Council is scheduled for May 4-6, 2010.

Friar Tadeusz Świątkowski, OFM Conv.
Assistant General for AFCOF

Philosophy student Friars

Kenyans with the Custos and Assistant General