| Since its inception
in 1904, the seminary has admitted 2846 students of whom 253
became priests for different dioceses in Tanzania and other various
religious congregations. Out of 181 priests ordained for Bukoba
Diocese alone from this seminary, 45 have passed away while 95
priests are actively engaged in pastoral activities within Bukoba
Diocese and the rest are serving in other dioceses and institutions
worldwide. Currently there are 140 seminarians and 15 teaching
Staff members. In addition to this there are 42 supporting employees.
| Bishop Nestor
Timanywa Seated, Center , With Seminary Teaching Staff
| Rubya is located
75 km away from the regional centre of Bukoba situated in Kagera
region. It is in the South West of Bukoba town, and is itself
located on the West of the Lake Victoria. Rubya is about 5000
ft above sea level (1500m) and near Equator at about latitude
2o South and longitude 31o East. It is beautifully scenic with
evergreen vegetation, mild temperatures (15oC - 26oC) and a rainfall
of about 1300mm per annum. Rubya Seminary occupies 1.3 square
kilometres and is surrounded by a sizable Catholic population.
| Besides being
a vocational school, Rubya Seminary teaches standard secondary
school subjects outlined by the National Syllabus. It teaches
Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Basic Math, Geography, History,
English language, Civics, Kiswahili Language, Bible knowledge,
Religion and Latin Language at ordinary level. It also offers
Math, Physics, Geography, History and Kiswahili at advanced level.
This goes hand in hand with the formation of young seminarians
whose ages range from 13 to 20 years. The general routine includes
daily Holy mass, lesson in the classrooms, spiritual conferences,
daily rosary, sports and manual work.
Refractory and Playground
The main source of income is
derived from school fees which is about 120 USD per student per
year. It is kept at a minimum to ensure students from low income
families to be able to fulfill their aspirations to become priests.
The other sources include some money from small scale projects
such as farming, piggery and diary farming, and the subsidy from
Rome which is now being steadily reduced. Centenary celebrations:
For the time being Ruby Seminary alumni are preparing themselves
to celebrate 100 years on November 27, 2004 since the seminary
inauguration. Among many other plans to mark that great anniversary
day, contributions are now being collected so that the seminary
may have an administration block which will include assembly
hall, resource room, computer laboratory and offices. There is
in fact a high demand of external support from other people.
May the Lord bless you,
Fr. Fulgent Rutatekururwa, VICE RECTOR.