One of our readers sent us a link about Senegelese Abbé Jacques Seck. He is an iconic figure in Senegal, a leader within the Catholic Church, and a strong proponent of the interreligious dialogue and harmony for which Senegambia (Senegal and The Gambia) is famous. As an inclusive, diverse, Pan-African magazine, we share this story.
Abbé Jacques Seck Tells His Story:
I am almost 80-years-old now and have retired! So I do many different things, whatever comes my way. I have been part of the Senegalese Catholic Church all my life and all of my career.
I was born in a village into a Christian Serer family. I was raised as a Catholic, but also with animist traditions, and indeed I can say that up to the age of 15-years-old I was really an animist. I did not initially see myself becoming a priest. In fact, I began my career as a primary school teacher. As I got older, however, I realized the Church was my true calling. I went to the seminary at the age of 26-years-old and was ordained in 1969. I was known as the talkative priest because then, as now, I talk a lot!