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    A brief reflection on the role of education in effecting cultural change in society

    The logo representing Consolata Institute of Philosophy reads “Conservando Rinnovare” which means,
    conservation through renovation! A moto which seems to be in flagrant contradiction; how do you
    conserve when you renew or renovate?
    But this moto reflects how complicated life is. Last year we were treated to rich lyrics to the effect that
    “vindu viya chenjanga” or rather, “things are changing”. But again, with all estimates, things are as they
    have ever been in the last 20 years. That is what the wise people tell you: “the more things change, the
    more they remain the same”!
    And yet everybody is crying for change. You will hear those who are tired of the status quo saying, “all
    we want is change, it does not matter whatever that change entails”. For them every change is as good
    as a rest.

    Reflection By Fr. Dr. Stephen Okello IMC

    The main aim of Consolata Institute of Philosophy (CIP) is that of giving to students a reflective and critical knowldge of the mystery of man, the world and God in preparation for the theological studies and other relavant disciplines.

    Consolata Institute of Philosophy centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Affiliated to Pontifical Institution and situated in the African context, seeks to:

    • Give to students a reflective and critical knowledge of the mystery of man, the world and God in preparation for the theological studies and other relevant disciplines
    • Empower its student through philosophical enquiry and learning based in the Catholic tradition yet always in a living dialogue with other Christian communities, religions and cultures.
    • Provide men and women with the philosophical education necessary for both ordination and a variety of other ministries in church and society.
    • Advance the philosophical and theological endeavor through researching issues of philosophy faith and culture, experience and tradition, and other contemporary questions, so that the Word of God may be proclaimed more effectively.

    Philosophical institute that teaches and awards Diplomas and Bachelor of Arts in philosophy. Consolata Institute of Philosophy also offer an initial academic preparation aiming at catholic priesthood.

    Consolata Institute of Philosophy (CIP) and its contribution to Research and Innovation for Quality Higher Education:

    Building the Africa we want. First of all we know that philosophical Research is required not just for students and academics, but for all professionals. At CIP, we affirm that "Knowledge" basically pertains to facts based on objective insights and/or study findings processed by the human brain. It can be acquired through various ways, such as reading books, lectures, conducting scientific experiments, and intellectual/social interaction, among others. These facts, can be checked to ensure truthfulness and precision. In epistemology, there are three kinds of knowledge: procedural (competence or know-how), acquaintance (familiarity), and propositional (description of "a fact or a state of affairs"). A factual proposition is commonly used to define "knowledge". At CIP we emphasize on a virtuous metaphysics which points to correct epistemology and Logic of which at the end directs the learner to good Ethics. In fact we realize that logic teaches the people how to derive a previously unknown truth from the facts already at hand. It teaches us how to be sure whether what we think is true, is really true. If the knowledge acquired is put into practice, we shall then be talking of information that leads to formation in order to bring transformation in the person and the society. Information becomes the foundation for which formation begins in a person’s life. And then transformation is something that God’s Spirit comes in, takes over and does.

    i) Through regular participation in the days and evenings of human spiritual formation as scheduled in the comprehensive calendar;

    ii)  Through open and self-disclosing conversations with one’s spiritual director and faculty adviser;

    iii) Through the required courses in philosophy and religious studies, which provide the occasion for seminarians and sistersto develop self-understanding and pastoral and relational skills; d. through participation in the various dimensions of theological Pastoral Formation. e. through presence and involvement in the Seminary community and, more specifically, in the life and activities of one’s class and corridor.

    The Goals of Consolata Institute of Philosophy are basically the following

    • To help our Students understand major philosophical ideas accurately.

    • To assist our Students to apply their understanding of ideas in novel contexts.

    • To encourage our Students to write effectively and be able to communicate and speak effectively.

    • To help the Students to argue with precision, balance, and insight.

    • To help the Students understand the formal structure of arguments and understand the rules of inference.

    • To help the students critically assess their own commitments and ideas.

    • To help students to read analytically, critically, and empathetically.


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1.  The Value of Human Person amidst global Pandemic 

2. Reconstruction of African Culture in the light of global Pandemic 

3. The Role of Education in formulating responsible strategies in coping with global Pandemic

4. Reconciling Legal, Political and Medical views in response to the Socio-Economic and Religious effects of the Pandemic.

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The Role Of Philosophy In The Social Political Transformation Of The Society. By Dr. James W. Kabata OFMConv

The truth that stares everybody in the face is that philosophy plays a vital role in the social political transformation of the society. The value of philosophy is so significant that one can say that without philosophy and philosopher’s the social political transformation will be in a serious trouble. In fact we can say that the human person cannot do without philosophy. The guiding questions to this talk could be the following; how does philosophy intersect with the social world? How does philosophical thinking contribute to better understanding of society? First of all we realize that it is possible that philosophy is not a well-understood discipline by most people. All the same philosophers regard themselves as having a method, and a subject matter. The subject matter of philosophy is closely connected with the sorts of questions that have dominated philosophical investigation. Metaphysics is a systematic attempt to answer the question: What is reality? Some philosophers (materialists) have thought that reality is essentially material in nature.

The method, for analytically trained philosophers, anyway, is based on careful, critical analysis of ideas, concepts, and statements, and an effort to arrive at developed philosophical theories of important subjects. Some of these subjects include justice, rationality, equality, relativism and social construction. In the society and day to day life; Philosophers think systematically and critically about fundamental topics like propaganda, democracy, social hierarchies, global justice and religious conflict among others. They ask what these things are, how they hang together, and how we should react to them. Philosophy thus makes an important contribution to our understanding of society.

The relevance of philosophy is therefore unquestionable in the face of the multifarious problems it enables the human person to solve in his/her life. Even when it does not actually solve the problems, it guides man on the best approach to adopt to avoid being weighed down when faced with such problems. One thing that is clear is that philosophy does not claim to provide answers to all human problems but most importantly it makes effort to rationally address human problems. The glaring fact is that the human person and the human society cannot but need philosophy.

Philosophy, in the view of is a human need.

Philosophy is a human need as real as the need of food. It is a need of the mind, without which man cannot obtain his food or anything else his life requires. Philosophy is a rational activity. Therefore, as a rational activity, the human person cannot but need philosophy. Without mincing words, we wish to state categorically that philosophy plays important role in our society. Philosophy enables the human person to change some fundamental beliefs. It is an existential fact that most of the things we do or even the way we interpret our experiences are based on our fundamental beliefs. It is therefore the task of philosophy to question those beliefs that are not in agreement with the rationality of the human person. And any belief that is found guilty before the ‘Court of Reason’ is bound to be discarded. Philosophy therefore helps to shape and sharpen our mental faculty. As philosophers as far as the society and politics are concerned we think for ourselves as individuals.

There is no area of thought that we are afraid to explore, to challenge, to question, or to doubt.

There is no area of thought that we are afraid to explore, to challenge, to question, or to doubt. We feel free to inquire and then to agree or disagree with any given claim. We are unwilling to follow a doctrine or adopt a set of beliefs or values that doesn’t convince us personally. We seek to take responsibility for our decisions and conclusions, and this necessitates having control over them. Through this unshackled spirit of free inquiry, new knowledge and new ways of looking at ourselves and the world can be acquired. Without it we are left in ignorance and, subsequently, are unable to improve on our condition. One clear area of intersection is the philosophy of "knowledge of society" -- the philosophy of social science. Here the questions are epistemological -- how secure is the knowledge offered by the social sciences; methodological -- what methods of inquiry are well suited to the study of society; explanatory -- what is required for a good social explanation; and ontological -- what assumptions do we need to make about the nature of the social world in order to pursue social science research? It is fairly clear how philosophers can contribute to the development of theories and perspectives about these questions.

Another area where philosophy is relevant to society is normative social philosophy -- the theory of justice, human well-being, or communitarianism/liberalism, for example. Here the philosopher brings some organized thinking about values, ethical theory, and the messy facts of human social arrangements into the discussion. Here again, it is fairly clear how rigorous philosophical thinking can illuminate these questions; philosophy can help our understanding of these issues to progress. Philosophy does not only help us understand things. Philosophers are also active in politics. The Montreal-based philosopher Charles Taylor, for example, has shaped the Canadian debates about democracy and multiculturalism, and he served on Quebec’s Consultation Commission on Accommodation Practices Related to Cultural Differences. Similar things are true of moral philosophers like Martha Nussbaum, who has testified as an expert in trials, or political philosophers like Kwame Appiah, who was voted one of the world’s most influential thinkers, along with philosophers like Jürgen Habermas. In conclusion Philosophy is “one of the most powerful tools” to empower people “into acting as free and responsible subjects in an ever more complex, interconnected, and uncertain world,” as Irish president Michael Higgins recently pointed out. Philosophy teaches you how to distinguish contributions to debates that ought to be taken seriously from illusory rhetoric or nonsense. In a world of fake news, in which the guiding role of truth in public discourse is under threat, philosophical skills allow you to make good political choices and good life choices. Philosophy serves theology as a preamble, a tool, a bridge, and a shield. These are the more traditional ways of describing how theology uses philosophy. Philosophy is a preamble in that it prepares people for understanding the Faith. It is a tool in that it is used as an instrument to better understand the Faith. It is a bridge in that it provides common principles where believer and nonbeliever can meet. It is a shield in that it can be used to defend the Faith against arguments of nonbelievers.




St Pius XII noted, Sport and gymnastics have as their immediate purposes that of the education, development and strengthening the body in its constitution and power of movement. Sports is not only a physical activity but also a cultural activity. As seminarians, we strive each day to be formed holistically and grow into what it takes to be a priest. Apart from class philosophical presentations and contributions, the sport area is another competitive field where students engage in. As a tradition the institute holds inter-community sport activities in the institute whereby students engage together. St. Augustine once wrote,

When large numbers of people share their joy in common, the happiness of each is greater because each adds fuel to the other's flame.Generally, all the games this year were highly competitive and interactive because each and every community played against another in different games. Some members acted as coaches while others showed quality skills in leadership bearing the captaincy band. From all who participated as players or fans or coaches there was great sign of maturity both in the field and after every game. A high-quality discipline was witnessed in all areas all maintaining the theme of Sports in the year 2022-2023,Keeping fit for the missions and sharing the love of Christ Jesus through sports.

Actually, the games in the institute brings a greater picture of future priests who are caring and from one family, the Catholic Church. The future leadership of the church is also witnessed in the fields whereby leaders who are determined to push forward in adversity are recognized. Even if knocked down, they still stand up and continue fighting to the very end and never abandon the man next to them. Apart from just an exercise it is an event to build teamwork, show sacrifice, bring joy, harmony, courage, equality, respect and solidarity. They asked me when I wish to end the games when they saw it taking longer and I said jokingly, If it were possible, we could end it in paradise.


One of the student pose with a traditional regalia during the cultural week event.

The audience following live performance during the cultural week event.

The audience following live performance during the cultural week event.

The audience following live performance during the cultural week event.

The audience following live performance during the cultural week event.

The audience following live performance during the cultural week event.

The audience following live performance during the cultural week event.

Students pose for a group photo shortly before going live on stage.

Rector Rev. Fr. Dr. James Kabata and Dean of students Rev. Fr. Augustine following the live performance during the event.

Students show casing their country flags shortly before the event kicked off.

Guest speaker giving his speech during the event.

Graduands pose for a photo with the academic registrar.

Graduands stand in the graduation square in honour of their diploma acreditation.

Guest of hour awarding certificate of leadership and participation to one of the graduands

A section of the crowd joins the Nigerian dancers on stage

Graduands following the speech on the graduation booklet

Maasai dancers thrilling the crowd during their performance

Opening prayers before the commencement of the graduation ceremony

The scout team playing allegiance to the flag in honour of the republic

Procession to the mass before commencement of the graduation ceremony

Procession to the graduation square

Institution management team led by the Rector leading to the graduation ground

REV. FR. Peter Makau, IMC and Bishop Hieronymus Emusugut Joya, IMC having light moments. 

Tree planting activity by the guest of honour before the grduation ceremony

Bishop Hieronymus Emusugut Joya, IMC having light moments with Dr. Opiyo on arrival.

The champions celebrate after wining the league. It was a neck to neck competition.

Rector Fr. Kabata delivers his enriching speech during the event

Powerful speech by the guest of honor

Cultural day Luhya community thrilling the rowd with their rich cultural dance styles.

Delicious meal served during the event

Cultural day - flag presentation

Cultural day went down smooth

Staff pose for a photo. Cultural day 2019.

Inspiring speech fromt the rector.

Traditional delicious meals served in one of the events

Students take a walk after exams.

Ultra modern state of the art library.

Students during an examination session.