Urbaniana Exam

The year seven students have been nervous for some weeks as they awaited the day of the written Urbaniana exam which the required exam for the awarding of the Bachelor of Theology. There were 19 students sitting the exam in 2017 and so the ordinary room – Conference room in Zion – was really packed. According to custom they assembled outside and then entered for the 9.00am start. The demands of the exam are more serious than most others. There are three questions provided by the examiner from the 41 theses given by the Urbaniana University in Rome. Each one is to answer one question only from those questions set and to do it in five to six hours. This year most were finished just before 3.00pm after starting at 9.00am and as expected most came ut shaking their hands which are not used to writing for such a prolonged period.
Urbaniana1 Figure 1    Candidates writing their Urbaniana exam


Overall the candidates seemed happy and are now looking forward to stage two of the exam which are three oral exams – systematic theology, biblical studies and moral theology - to be held on Friday  20th October.

About Us

Pacific Regional Seminary has been offering training for the Roman Catholic priesthood for the various dioceses in the Pacific and for religious congregations with houses affiliated to the seminary since 1972.
During this year, 1973, we are celebrating our 40 years at the present site at Nasese, Suva Point. The celebration is centred on the last weekend of August, 23rd to 25th August with three day of presentations on the documents of Vatican II as they relate to seminary formation and to priestly life. All former students and faculty are invited to join in the celebration either by coming in person or joining in spirit from the different parts of the world. The same invitation is expressed to former staff members.
If you are coming, please notify us by email to prs40years@gmail.com , if possible by early July. [Alternatively by mail which can be sent to Private Mail Bag, 79, Suva, Fiji]