The Consolata Missionaries in Kenya, following the directives of the Congregation for the Evangelization of peoples and the encouragement of the AMECEA Conference (Lusaka 1970), decided to start the construction of their own Seminary.
In 1970 the recruiting of African Candidates for Religious Missionary Priesthood began.
The building of the residence (near to St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Langata) was started in 1971 and in 1972 part of it was ready. The Philosophy students began attending classes at the nearby Kenya National Diocesan Major Seminary, but in 1974 it became necessary to have classes and other facilities for Consolata students, since the Philosophical course of the National Seminary was transferred to Mabanga, in Bungoma District.
In order to meet the needs of an increasing number of students both from the Consolata and other Congregations, new buildings were added in 1980 and the curriculum was revised into a 3-year course to prepare for affiliation to Urbaniana University in Rome, which was granted in 1982, enabling the students to obtain the First Degree in Philosophy (Baccalaureate) recognized by the Church and is in line with other Ecclesiastical Universities all over the world.
In 1996 a decision was reached to make Seminary and Institute of Philosophy two independent institutions so they could better develop each in its own way. A new building for the institute was erected in 1997 and inaugurated in January 1998. A modern library and hall were added in 1999 and 2003 respectively.
Although the main purpose of the Institute is to prepare candidates for priesthood and religious life with a view to proceed to theological studies, the institute is equally committed to being relevant in the secular world. The BA obtained in Philosophy therefore is primarily tailor made for the religious but also for anybody interested in developing their philosophical interests.
VISION, MISSION AND PHILOSOPHY.
(1) Vision (of the Institute was stated as) “Giving to students a reflective and critical knowledge of the mystery of man, the world and God in preparation for the Theological studies”.
(2) Mission (of the Institute was stated as) Philosophical seminary offering initial academic preparation aiming at catholic priesthood”.
(3) Philosophical basis: (on which the institute was founded was stated as) “a human being, through learning can become responsible of himself and be helpful to others”.
(1) The Aims and objectives: (for which the institute was established were generally stated) “to provide the initial formation to priesthood”. The institute should therefore state in measurable manner and specify its aims and objectives. [ please clarify what you are looking for in terms of goals, aims and objectives]
(2) It was noted that goals of the institute had remained unchanged over the past five years.
(3) The follow up mechanism to assess whether the institute met its goals for which it was established was specified as “getting reports from people in charge of formation at theology level and their feed-back to enable the evaluation of the performance in the programme”.
1.1 CIP as a philosophical institute for the training of Catholic Religious, Missionaries, Priests and laity is ruled according to the establishment norms of the Catholic Church in the conciliar document Optatam Totius (1965), in the Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis (1970), in the Codex Luris Canonici (1983), (De Clericorum Institutione: can.251 and can.659/3), in the Apostolic Constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae (1990), in the Directives on Formation in Religious Institutes (1990) and in the post-synodal exhortation Pastores Dabo Vobis (1992). For the purposes of programs, leading to canonical Baccalaureate degree in Philosophy, the CIP is governed by the norms of the Apostolic Constitution Sapeintia Christiana (1979). Besides the universal Church norms, the CIP is regulated according to the Constitutions of the Consolata Missionaries (1982) and the formation guidelines Ratio Formationis IMC (1986). The Institute has been affiliated to the Pontifical Urbaniana University since 1982, through which the Institute awards its BA in Philosophy.
1.2 CIP awards its own diplomas, validated by the Ministry of Education, and Certificates in Philosophy and in Religious studies under these Statutes, and as authorized by the Board of Governors, on the recommendation of the Academic Board.
1.3 These statutes provide for prospects of future collaboration with other institutions of higher learning-always with the approval of the authorities concerned – in order to increase the quality of education in the philosophical sciences and Religious Studies, especially in the integration of teaching, research and effective application of knowledge and skills to the life, work and welfare of Christians in Eastern Africa and the world at large, according to the provisions and norms of Sapientia Christiana, Ex Corde Ecclesiae and IMC Ratio Formations. To be able to understand the human reality in all its dimensions and to tackle it with a critical and creative mind, giving their contribution to the transformation of the world in the light of reason and of the Gospel.
To be experts in humanities, enabling themselves to draw respectfully and wisely near to the hearts of men and women, encouraging them to be receptive to the great values of humanity at large.
To understand and adopt the authentic human values of their own culture and learn how to read their own history as the privileged placed where the history of salvation occurs;
1.4 The criteria CIP follows in elaborating its academic program are the following;
Whole: embracing the totality of the human and divine reality, involving the whole person, mind, heart, and life;
Critical: enabling the student to identify the mechanisms of personal motivations and social setups in order that he or she may eventually engage in the process of liberating or converting, people to noble higher values;
Open: giving the student a chance to go beyond his or her personal beliefs and cultural boundaries and become appreciative of all cultures, thus adopting a wider worldview;
Evangelical: helping students to identify the seeds of the gospel already present so that they can think and act under the guidance of the Lord’s wisdom and become effective instruments of the good news;
Solid: laying stable philosophical and Christian foundations upon which to build his or her future ministerial and missionary formation and apostolic work.
1.5 CIP offers courses in Philosophy and Religious studies, leading to the Bachelor’s degree in
Philosophy awarded through Urbaniana University to which the institute is affiliated or to the CIP Diploma, recognized by the Government of Kenya, or Certificate in Philosophy and religious studies after a four year study program. The first of the four years is called propaedeutic, and aims at introducing the students to serious university work, methodology and missionary orientation.
1.6 CIP conducts examination for the academic awards provided for in theses statutes, according to the Sapientia Christiana and Ex Corde Ecclesiae.
1.7 CIP engages in philosophical research and writing, particularly through its well known publication – Guide to Philosophy Series. The lecturers are required to participate in the institute’s efforts of research and publication in their areas of competence, with a view to searching for a greater African understanding in Philosophy. The Institute follows keenly any developments in this field within the country and the continent as a whole.