Lagos Anglican Seminary celebrated 35 years of existence as Theological educational institution in the Lagos Anglican Metropolitan Dioceses. The Seminary is jointly owned by Dioceses of Lagos, Lagos West, Badagry, Lagos Mainland and Awori. The founder’s day events took place on August 24 and 25, 2022 at different locations. The event was marked with Holy Communion thanksgiving service, Luncheon and Convocation ceremony.
On the first day, Holy Communion thanksgiving service was held at Christ Church Cathedral, Marina, Lagos. The service was well attended by the Bishops of the owner Dioceses, some dignitaries of the Church, Seminary Staff and the Alumni of the institution. The Revd Dr James Olusola Odedeji, Bishop of Lagos West, celebrated the Holy Communion service while the Bishop of Lagos Mainland the Rt Revd Akinpelu Johnson who is also capped as the Chairman of the Adetiloye Foundation, preached the sermon. In his sermon, he narrated the history of establishment far back in 1989 and pointed out the successes of the Seminary. He congratulated and commended the Dean of the Seminary, the Rt Revd. Dr. Babatunde Joseph Adeyemi for the achievements over years. He then concluded with prayers for the seminary and all the staff.
The Service was followed by Luncheon at the Cathedral hall in Marina. The Alumni Fellowship headed by Rt Revd Dr. Olajide Adebayo, the Bishop of Igbomina, met with the alumni of the institution and encouraged the new graduands to join the fellowship.
On the second day, the Convocation ceremony was held at the hall of Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, GRA, Ikeja. The Chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo delivered the Convocation lecturer. The Chairman of Adetiloye conferred the degrees on the graduands.
According to the Dean of the Seminary, the Rt Revd Dr. Babatunde Joseph Adeyemi asserted in his speech that “If you take a cursory look at the history of the institution, you would agree with me that it has fulfilled the dream of the founder and might have even surpassed his expectation. It was born as a baby of necessity when there was shortage of ministers. Even now that it seems the church is having a glut of ministers, .it is still relevant, helping to train deacons for owner Dioceses for the priesthood ordination. It also conducts clergy workshops and other continuing education programmes for both clergy and laity. To date, the Seminary has trained about five hundred ministers not counting the deacons from other Seminaries.”
The Convocation ceremony witnessed the awards of Diploma in Christian Religions Study, Bachelor of Theology and Masters in Religious Study. Honorary awards of Meritorious Service, Fellowship and Associates of the Seminary were also conferred on Bishops of owner Dioceses and those serving as lecturers, past Deans and Registrars. Serving lecturers were also awarded as Fellows and some alumni as Associates of the Seminary.