Formation (IAOP)


Since its establishment in 1976, the IAOP has seen its highest priority as formation. Noviciates and Studentates are considered as Inter-African Centres for Formation; and the IAOP encourages the regrouping of students in philosophy and theology in these centres. Institutional studies up until ordination are done in Africa.  One counsellor of the Coordinating Committee of IAOP is in charge of formation. His role is to take responsibility for promoting collaboration and sharing information regarding formation, including the respective Rationes Formationis Particularis, for organising student meetings, and for promoting on-going formation of formators.

Existing Noviciates are in Viadana (Democratic Republic of Congo),  Ibadan (Nigeria), Cotonou (Republic of Benin), Kigali (Rwanda), Johannesburg (South Africa), Kisumu (Kenya).

Studentes are located in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), Ibadan (Nigeria), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Pietermaritzburg (South Africa), Nairobi (Kenya), Bujumbura (Burundi), Yaoundé (Cameroon), Luanda (Angola).

Intellectual Life

The IAOP has also a Commission for Intellectual Life chaired par the Counsellor for Intellectual Life. Its tasks are: to facilitate collaboration and exchange of teachers, students, and publications;  to plan colloquia, study sessions, and research projects; to allocate to the entities scholarships for complementary studies offered to IAOP. The Commission meets at least once every three years.