Network Pastoral Africa – Third Meeting

Missio Meeting 2015 07b2By Romaric Bationo, M.Afr

From 6th to 9th November 2015, the 3rd annual meeting of the Network Pastoral Africa, organised and sponsored by Missio Aachen, took place at the AMECEA Pastoral Institute Gaba, in Eldoret, Kenya. The two previous meetings were held at Lumko, South Africa in 2013 and at the Centre for Social Concern and the Kungoni Centre of Culture and Art in Malawi in 2014.

At this 3rd meeting, six Pastoral Institutes from different corners of Africa were represented: the Capuchin Franciscan Research and Training Centre of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Lux Terra Leadership Foundation of Abuja, Nigeria; Tamale Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies, Ghana; Centro de Formacao de Nazare of Beira, Mozambique, Lumen Christi Institute of Arusha, Tanzania;  and Faith and Encounter Centre, Zambia. Other delegates came from: the AMECEA Pastoral Institute, Gaba; the Pastoral Department of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, CUEA, the Pastoral Department of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference; the Commission for Pastoral and Lay Apostolate of Kenya; and from Missio Aachen. The big absents were the Centre for Social Concern, Kungoni Centre of Culture and Art, Malawi and Wadzanai Training Centre of Harare, Zimbabwe.

For the first time FENZA participated in this meeting and I was privileged to represent it.

This year, the discussions and presentations at the meeting revolved around the core theme of the pastoral challenges and implications of Evangelii Gaudium. The three main presentations were: Evangelii Gaudium and Interreligious Dialogue in Africa, by Rev Prof. Fredrick Mvumbi; Pastoral Challenges in Kenya in Relation to Evangelii Gaudium, by Prof. Eunice Kamaara; and Evangelii Gaudium in Relation to the Church as Family of God in Africa, by Rev Dr. Jordan Nyenyembe. Then the participating pastoral institutes, FENZA included, were given the opportunity to give each a presentation on the impetus the apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium has had so far on their respective work.

Besides knowing, sharing and learning from one another, the most important point of this 3rd meeting of Network Pastoral Africa, was the setup of a concrete networking among the various Pastoral Institutes. Under the facilitation of Fr. Pikiti Febian Mulenga from the AMECEA Pastoral Department, the Pastoral Institutes reached and agreed on a networking action plan that should promote and advance co-operation among them.

At the end of the meeting, the delegates decided that the next Network Pastoral Africa meeting will take place from 3rd till the 6th February 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania.  

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AMECEA 2014 Plenary Assembly – Lilongwe Malawi

Christopher_Chileshe1By Christopher Chileshe, M.Afr
The 18th Plenary Assembly of AMECEA is currently taking place at Lilongwe – Malawi under the theme “New Evangelization through True Conversion and Witnessing to Christian Faith”.
The opening ceremony was held on Thursday 17th July 2014. It started with the Holy Mass presided by His Eminence John Cardinal Njue, Archbishop of Nairobi and Patron of AMECEA. This Mass took place at Civo Stadium and was attended by thousands of people who completely filled the stadium. Gracing the occasion was his Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika the President of the republic of Malawi, his vice and other political leaders. The Eucharistic celebration was well organized, inculturated and very inspiring. The Malawians once more showed their faith not only in attendance but also in expressing their hospitality and joy at hosting the plenary.
In the afternoon the opening celebration continued at the magnificent Bingu International Conference Center. The session was opened by acknowledging the AMECEA Bishops who have passed away during the past three years. Among them was Bishop Patrick Kalilombe M.Afr. The Delegates met to listen to welcoming remarks from Bishop Joseph Zuza, President of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, Archbishop Julio Murat the Apostolic Nuncio to Malawi and Zambia, Archbishop Tarcisius Zyaye Chairman of AMECEA and Fr. Fernand Lugonzo the Secretary General of AMECEA.
Solidarity messages were also given by SECAM, CAFORD, CAMEC ACWECA among others.
The opening ended with a dinner and cultural night sponsored by the Catholic Women’s League of Malawi.

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Malawi – AMECEA: Plenary Assembly 2014 in Lilongwe

amecea-logo-1Lilongwe (Agenzia Fides) – The 18th AMECEA Plenary Assembly will take place in Malawi, Lilongwe from 16 to 26 July 2014. The theme of the Plenary Assembly is “New Evangelization through true conversion and witnessing to Christian faith”.
This means the 18th Plenary Assembly will this time will be hosted by the Episcopal Conference of Malawi. Zambia hosted the 16th Plenary Assembly in 2008. Plenary Assemblies take place every three years and bring together over 250 Bishops of the AMECEA region.

AMECEA is the acronym for Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa It is a Catholic organization of Catholic Bishops of the eight countries in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, namely, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Djibouti and Somalia are affiliate members. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 13/08/2013)