Arrupe College, the Jesuit School of Philosophy and Humanities in Harare, has for the first time opened its doors for the lay Catholics who wish to have basic appreciation of theology and literature.

Fr Daka SJ, Dean of Arrupe College (Photo: Jescom Zimbabwe)

The classes that started running on January 19 will continue every Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm for nine weeks. The Dean of Arrupe Fr Daka SJ said the program is their way of responding to community needs. “We did a community assessment and found out what people needed and this is our way of responding to their wishes.”

So far the courses on offer are Friendship and English Literature. The Friendship course touches on various modules like Introduction to Theology and Mariology. There has been a good response from parishioners around Harare and the College is also gathering more information on what people are searching for and they will respond accordingly.  Those interested in being part of this noble initiative can obtain forms from Arrupe College.

An almost similar initiative is being run by Holy Trinity College at Wadzanai Trainining Centre (Nazareth House) in Harare.

The program at Wadzanai, already in its second phase after the first group graduated last year, aims at helping lay Catholics understand theology. The program also runs on Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm till May 25, 2013. The course has a diverse module component that covers introduction to theology, introduction to sacred scripture, Christology as well as Mariology and a study of the new religious movements in the Catholic Church today.