Page 2, 21st March 1969

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ACLASS of 16 young Africans which has started training at the regional seminary for the five dioceses of Rhodesia is the largest in the school's 33-year history. Fr. John Diamond. S.J., rector of Chishawasha Major Seminary, said that an even larger class can he expected next year.

A similar increase in vocations has been recorded by the Rhodesian congregations of African Sisters. Forty candidates were received last month, and 42 during 1968 — marked increases over the totals of previous years.

The increase in vocations

has some relation to the political situation, according to Swiss-horn Bishop Haene of Gwelo. "ror one thing," he said last week, "there are so few educational and employment opportunities for Africans in Rhodesia that a natural pull to the priesthood and sisterhood can be expected. "For the other, the dis appointments the African people have gone through in the past few years and the frustration they are in at present tends to increase the consciousness of and the need for religion among them."

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