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Seminarians

In this formation/academic year, we have a total number of five hundrd and sixty-seven (567) resident diocesan seminarians. These seminarians are mainly from the dioceses of Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province.

However, there are a few other dioceses outside the province whose seminarians equally live and study in Bigard. These include: the dioceses of Aba, Ahiara, Ikot-Ekpene, Okigwe, Orlu, Port-Harcourt and Uyo.

Sixty-Four members of five Religious Congregations - Congregation of Christ the Emmanuel (CCE), Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy (SMMM), Holy Family Fathers and Brothers of the Youth (HFFBY), Somascan Fathers (SF) and University Sons of Assumption (USOA) - live in Bigard, while 35 come from various Religious communities within Enugu.

The Religious congregations that send their candidates include: Capuchins (OFM Cap.), Vincentians (CM), and Congregation of Immaculate Conception (CFIC). Also, philosophy and some theology students from Enugu and Awgu dioceses totaling 186 in number live at St. Bernard Hostel, Nchatancha, and attend lectures at Bigard.

       

S/No.  
  Diocese/Congregation
  Faculty of Theology
  Faculty of Philosophy
  TOTAL
  4
  3
  2
  1
  4
  3
  2
  1
  1.  
       Aba
5
5
2
3
2
2
3
3
25
  1.  
       Abakaliki
5
4
8
6
9
8
13
8
61
  1.  
       Ahiara
3
4
6
7
20
  1.  
       Awka
11
5
7
4
10
4
8
12
61
  1.  
       Awgu
4
2
3
7
5
7
15
10
53
  1.  
       Calabar
2
2
1
1
6
  1.  
       Enugu
7
15
14
13
25
15
17
6
112
  1.  
       Ikot -Ekpene
2
2
1
2
1
2
2
12
  1.  
       Nnewi
14
9
23
  1.  
       Nsukka
13
13
12
7
9
21
20
14
109
  1.  
       Okigwe
8
14
12
10
4
8
8
6
70
  1.  
       Onitsha
5
11
15
16
47
  1.  
       Orlu
6
5
4
3
3
2
4
2
29
  1.  
       Port Harcourt
2
2
1
2
2
3
2
2
16
  1.  
       Uyo
3
4
2
2
3
14
  1.  
       Umuahia
2
1
3
  1.  
       Sokoto
3
3
  1.  
       SMMM
2
2
  1.  
       Capuchin
4
2
6
  1.  
       C.F.I.C
3
4
3
10
  1.  
       H.F.F.B.Y.
2
2
4
  1.  
       Vincentians
4
8
13
14
39
  1.  
       USOA
1
2
2
5
  1.  
       Somascan
6
4
4
6
6
26
  1.  
       Saviourites
8
7
5
20
  1.  
       SSP
1
1
2
  1.  
       BSS
1
1
No. of Religious
20
23
27
21
8
4
6
6
115
No. of Diocesans
71
75
74
59
75
88
123
91
664
Total
91
98
101
88
83
92
129
97
779


FINAL ANALYSIS OF THE STATISTICS OF THE CANDIDATES

Grand Total of Bigard Seminarians (for 2016/2017)

* Number of Religious = 115

* Number of Diocesans = 664

Total number of seminarians resident in Bigard= 598

Total number of Seminarians on Campus = 779