The Christ the King Seminary is a Roman Catholic seminary in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town, Karachi, Pakistan; located in adjacent to the Portiuncula Friary. In its early years most of the faculty were provided by the Franciscans. It has been described as "the pioneering theological institution for the Catholic Church in Pakistan."
|University of Melbourne|
|Rector||Fr. Kamran Taj|
|Language||English and Urdu|
|Sister institution||National Catholic Institute of Theology|
|Students from:||Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Italy, the Netherlands and Sri Lanka.|
The high-water mark of the seminary's 50-year existence was the recruitment of 98 seminarians for the class that entered in 1990.
When the seminary started in 1956 it had only four students. Among them was Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha of Lahore, who later went on to become its Rector. Other alumni include the Archbishop Emeritus of Karachi Evarist Pinto, the late Bishop Anthony Theodore Lobo of Islamabad-Rawalpindi, Joseph Cardinal Coutts, the late Bishop Andrew Francis of Multan, and the late Bishop John Joseph of Faisalabad and the late Bishop Patras Yusaf of Multan.
Fifty years on, the seminary has graduated 780 students from Pakistan and abroad, some coming from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Italy, the Netherlands and Sri Lanka. It also expanded over the decades, adding a grassy field for soccer and cricket, a basketball court, a pavilion, a retreat center and a Marian grotto with a fountain.
The National Catholic Institute of Theology (NCIT) was established at the seminary in September 1997, offering academic courses leading to a diploma in theology, as well as programs for laypeople and Religious involved in Church ministries. At the Institute students can now obtain a Bachelor of Theology degree from the University of Melbourne due to the efforts of Yarra Theological Union and the Melbourne College of Divinity.
In addition to dwindling vocations, the seminary has had to deal with a shortage of drinking water over the last 10 years, exacerbated by local authorities appropriation, without compensation, of its old well in November 2005 for the Lyari Expressway project.
The expressway project is part of Karachi's "Cleaning the City" drive, which the Asian Human Rights Commission says has rendered thousands homeless. It adds that 11,000 houses and 3,100 commercial buildings outside the path of the expressway have been evacuated and demolished.
Since 2008 the seminary has been hosting the Cardinal Cordeiro Cricket tournament to promote religious vocations and remember Pakistan's first cardinal. In 2010 there are 43 students from all six dioceses and the Apostolic Prefecture of Quetta.
In June 2019 the number of seminarians had risen to 72.
The following individuals have served as rectors of the seminary:
|Ordinal||Officeholder||Term start||Term end||Time in office||Notes|
|1||Rev. Innocent Laurensse, OFM||1956||1971||14–15 years|||
|2||Rev. Anslem Moons, OFM||1971||1974||2–3 years|
|3||Rev. Lawrence Saldanha||1974||1979||4–5 years|||
|4||Rev. Emmanuel Asi||1979||1988||8–9 years|||
|5||Rev. Arnold Heredia||1988||1993||4–5 years|||
|6||Rev. Inayat Bernard||1993||2004||10–11 years|||
|7||Rev. Rufin Anthony||2004||2005||0–1 years|||
|8||Rev. Augustine Soares||2005||2012||6–7 years|||
|9||Rev. Benjamin Shahzad||2012||2019||6–7 years|
|10||Rev. Kamran Taj||2019||incumbent||2–3 years|||
This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. (January 2018)
- Rufin Anthony
- Joseph Arshad
- Joseph Coutts
- Patrick D'Rozario
- Andrew Francis
- Arnold Heredia
- George Ibrahim
- John Joseph
- Anthony Theodore Lobo
- Joseph Paul
- Evarist Pinto
- Joseph Indrias Rehmat
- Lawrence Saldanha
- Sebastian Francis Shah
- Augustine Soares
- Benny Travas
- Patras Yusaf
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