The Spiritan International School of Theology (SIST) Attakwu, Enugu, was established in 1987 by the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans) of the Union of Circumscriptions of Anglophone West African region (UCAWA). Its aim is principally the priestly formation of Spiritan religious missionaries and other missionaries belonging to clerical institutes. SIST belongs to a missionary congregation dedicated to the service of the poor and the disadvantaged peoples of the world. Therefore its do such an apostolate in the changing situations of the world mission.
Spiritans have been very much part of Africa's ecclesial, social and educational past and present. It is in the continuation of this Spiritan tradition that SIST was also established to ensure that the formation of clerical students is closely linked to the theological educational of the religious (men and women) and the laity. The theological education of the laity and religious forms an integral part of SIST as enshrined in this Statutes. SIST Governing Council took the decision that as from the 1996/1997 academic session
SIST will run an integrated programme whereby qualified religious and laity will study theology side by side with our clerical students. This corresponds to the expressed desire of the 1994 African Synod.
Africa is changing rapidly. And as in all changes, there are enormous challenges and opportunities. There is a need for continuing discernment in order to determine what God is calling the Churches in Africa to do and to become. Spiritans want to contribute to this search for the will of God in Africa and the wider world. All courses taught in SIST reflect the mind of Vatican Council II by making theological formation respond to the sign of the times. Therefore theology in SIST is missionary and ecumenical in orientation. We pay close attention to cultural varieties and to the pains and groans of the oppressed peoples of the world.
Our Library is an academic library housing mainly materials on religion and theology. Our material are acquired through bequeath, purchases, donations from authors etc.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit and in union with Mother Mary, we build and uphold an institution centered on the kingdom of God, we provide people the best environment/family to live and labour together productively, joyfully and fulfilled, and we promote systems of integral formation, solid research culture and positive transformation, within a contextual, intercultural and international setting.
To have and run the best catholic and Spiritan Seminary/School of Theology and Religion in Africa, in terms of human, spiritual, intellectual, religious, missionary and priestly formation, and to produce workers capable and willing to be at the service of all, particularly, the poor.
Our Core Values:
1. Collaboration & Communion
2. Communication & Commitment
3. Courage & Confidence
4. Creativity & Originality
5. Discipline & Diligence
6. Gratitude & Generosity
7. Hospitality & Friendliness
8. Prayer & Persistence
9. Punctuality & Productivity
10. Respect & Responsibility
11. Safe Environment for all
12. Zero Tolerance for Mediocrity & Wastage.