St. Joseph ‘s Theological Institute has been registered with the South African Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1977 (Act No 101 of 1977). Our registration number is 2003/HE08/003.
The Institute is home to more than 200 students and 40 staff members, comprising a mosaic of different cultures from more than 20 African countries, with frequent representation from Asia, Europe, South and North America . Apart from the cultural richness of our members, we are also blessed with the rich diversity of charisms with most students coming from more than 20 male and female religious congregations within the Catholic Church. There are also several diocesan and lay students. (For detailed annual statistics go to our Year Book page. )
St. Joseph ‘s equips candidates for ordained and non-ordained ministry particularly within the Catholic Church. We are also part of an ecumenical cluster comprising the School of Religion and Theology of the local University (UKZN), the Evangelica l Seminary and ourselves. One fruit of this collaboration is Cluster Publications which makes authentic contextual theological works accessible to our students and associates at affordable prices.
Registration of New Qualifications: The following qualifications have been registered on the NQF in terms of NSB Regulations 19(1)(e) and (f):
• Higher Certificate: Human and Social Development
• Advanced Certificate: Human and Social Development
• Higher Certificate: General Philosophy
• Advanced Certificate: General Philosophy
In terms of qualifications we confer three degrees viz. The BA and BTh in Theology and the BA in Philosophy. We award diplomas in Philosophy and in Religious Studies but these will be faded out as current registrations for these courses expire. The new qualifications viz. Higher Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Human and Social Development and in Philosophy will replace these old diploma courses. Under the auspices of the University of KwaZulu-Natal we also prepare students for Honours, Masters and Doctoral degrees.
In terms of publications, our Grace and Truth journal is a widely read theological periodical. Our Denis Hurley Library is up to international standards and boasts a collection of 40,221 volumes, 108 periodicals, 51 DVDS, 48 CDS, 5 CDROMS and 259 audio cassettes and 299 videos. Considering the rich reading resources of the various student residences associated with the Institute we have 60 000 books and 150 journals available to our students. We are also integrated into the data base of the Oblate School of Theology and also have access to the country wide interlibrary loan system thereby making most published works and dissertations accessible to our staff and students.
St Joseph’s Theological Institute is a member of the Association of Oblates Institutes of Higher Learning. The member institutions of AOIHL at the present time are:
• Notre Dame University, Cotabato City in the Philippines
• Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas, USA
• St. Eugene de Mazenod Institute, Kinshasa, DRC
• St. Joseph’s Theological Institute, Cedara, RSA
• Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada
• The Oblate Scholasticate, Obra, Poland