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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.


We are welcoming you to our Philosophy day on 18th Friday this week. 




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Renewal of Consolata Institute of Philosophy Affiliation by Pontifical Urban University (Pontificia università urbaniana)









The Preparatory program is a three-month course designed to equip candidates for the study of Philosophy. It is obligatory for all applicants. It includes an intensive study of English, Communication Skills, Critical Thinking, Liturgy, Christian Doctrine, Human Development, Introduction to Philosophy and Methodology.


  • All candidates are required to have completed and passed English Language for them to be allowed to graduate in any program at Consolata Institute of Philosophy. Those candidates who do not begin their programs with the institution may be required to prove their competence through an oral examination, an essay paper or some other form of test as may be required by the Academic Committee through the Dean of Studies


BA Program in Philosophy

The degree program is a 6-semester course. Kenyan applicants need a minimum of C+ in K.C.S.E. Other East Africans must have at least 2 principal passes at A level, of which one must be at least a C. Applicants who hold a diploma need at least 1 principal pass or a C plain. Students from other countries must produce all the documents which show their qualifications for undergraduate studies in their respective countries.

Diploma program in Philosophy and Religious Studies

 The Philosophy and Religious Studies diploma program takes 5 semesters. Kenyan entrants need a C plain in K.C.S.E. Candidates from outside Kenya require all the necessary documents for a diploma curriculum in their respective countries.

Diploma in Philosophy

The Philosophy diploma program takes 4 semesters. Kenyan entrants need a C plain in K.C.S.E. Candidates from outside Kenya require all the necessary documents for a diploma curriculum in their respective countries. N/B To graduate with Diploma in Philosophy the student must have attained a minimum of 96 credits.



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.