Men and Women Religious,
Christ’s Lay Faithful,
Men and Women of Good Will,
Ecclesiastical Province of Bamenda
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
1. On Monday, December 3, 1973, Memorial of St. Francis Xavier the Regional Major Seminary Bambui, now St. Thomas Aquinas’ Major Seminary Bambui, was officially inaugurated. It was founded to serve the Dioceses of Buea and Bamenda. Though a Regional Major Seminary from its foundation, St. Thomas Aquinas’ Major Seminary Bambui has always admitted candidates from other dioceses and institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life in Cameroon and even from beyond the territorial boundaries of Cameroon. The founding Fathers of St. Thomas Aquinas’ Major Seminary Bambui did not intend that at its full capacity the seminary would have more than 120 resident seminarians. But within the last forty years the number has grown from 12 to 217.