Micronesian Seminar, known popularly as MicSem, is a private non profit, non governmental organization that has been engaged in public education since 1972. Our purpose is to assist the people of Micronesia in reflecting on life in their islands under the impact of change in recent years. Established as a research pastoral institute by the Catholic Church, and turned over to the Jesuit Order in 1992, MicSem serves the people of the Federated States of Micronesia, the republics of Palau and the Marshall Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. It has been directed by Fr. Francis X. Hezel, SJ, since its inception.
As part of our mission, MicSem has produced hundreds of articles and several books, most written by Fran Hezel, SJ. Our media studio has produced 72 videos on a wide variety of social issues, which are broadcast on local TV stations and available in DVD format, or online. The internationally recognized MicSem Library boasts 20,580 titles , as well as 61,909 photos and 564 videos on Micronesia. It also contains a collection of 16,132 tracks of Micronesian music. All of this is searchable online. Finally, the MicSem discussion forum continues to grow in popularity, as does our online collection of historical photo albums.
We encourage you to find out more about us, or to consider joining our mailing list.