Catechist Preparation for Keetmanshoop Diocese


by Sr. Beatrix Mokwena smic

A two-year training course that was called “Pedagogical/Cathechetical Seminary (PCS) for hostel educator was installed 1974 in Dornfeld/Gobabis by fr. Philipp Pollitzer OMI, now bishop of Keetmanshoop. We, the SMIC sisters, were in charge of the training course till 2008 when it was closed.

And in 2010, Bishop Pollitzer came with the idea to continue with this course in the South of training people who are already working in Catholic Hostel. But on the same time we saw also the need of unemployed young people.

We started the course first as refresher course for those who were already in service as hostel educator. As time went on, we decided to make it as a training course to help unemployed young people in Namibia. Due to those who are in-service we do the training during schools holidays to give opportunity to them to attend the training. We officially started in 2011 whereby people from the North and even the South came in big numbers for the course. The training is just during holidays and twice in a year for two weeks. That means each person has to follow 10 modules to finish the training.. Actually the training is well attended with maximum of 50 to 60 people per course. We invited people from outside (priest, deacons, sisters, lay people and volunteers…) to give classes. However, one married women trained at Gobabis is part of our team.

It was a big success and joy to see the fruits of our work from 2011to May 2017. So far twenty young people and two Religious sisters of Francis de Sale sister and Benedictine sister are graduated.

This training gives many people the opportunity to get work in RC hostels and Government hostels and even in kindergarten/Pre-school fields.

With great gratitude we are thankful for all who finished the training and been part of our team and helping us in different ways e.g. giving classes or helping with cooking.

As administrators Miss Maritjie Hatzenberg and myself Sr. Beatrix, visit all the Catholic hostel three times a year. We want to see that the trainees are doing the work correctly and to advise them. Thank God who gives us the grace and strength to continue with this important education to help our Kids spiritually, mentally, socially and moral value.

The courses of this type are really important both to the education of a Namibian child and the Catholic Church in Namibia.