We are committed to collaborating with the Holy Spirit and following the noble traditions of the Catholic Church and the Spiritan Congregation in training religious missionary priests who would dedicate themselves unreservedly to spreading the Good News of the Kingdom of God beyond the frontiers of culture, race, class, sex, age and religion. We are also committed to assisting religious men and women and the laity to deepen their faith for life and ministry through the study of theology. 

Our Institute aims at being the seat of contextual and mission theology in Africa through an unrelenting emphasis on excellence in academics, sound spirituality and concern for the environment. It wants to assist the Church in responding effectively to the need for the clergy and faithful that are well grounded in faith.

Evangelizare Pauperibus

Following the general charism of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, SIST takes as its motto, Evangelizare Pauperibus, which translates as, to Evangelize the Poor. The poor intended here is not simply the economically disadvantaged but persons or people who are in any way deprived of the love, justice, mercy and peace of God. We train priests who would work among such poor.

Our Logo

Two basic images are obvious in our logo, namely, the dove and the book. The dove is the symbol of the Holy Spirit and the book, which is the Bible and other sources, stands for learning. There is a clear connection between these two images; the dove has its head right at the center of the book. Our learning and formation are grounded on the Word of God as transmitted down the ages by the Church and on the Holy Spirit.

The colours of the logo are three: white, red and black: The white background represents the purity of our learning and formation. Red stands for the Holy Spirit and above all for sacrifice. We believe that sacrifice or discipline is the way to excellence. Moreover, in this red we recognize the sacrifices of our founders, past teachers, benefactors and benefactresses without which we would not have been what we are today or have hope for tomorrow. 

Finally, black symbolizes our continent Africa, the context in which we do all that we do. We take pride in having Africa as our concrete starting point in our search for answers to universal problem

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