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STATEMENT AFTER THE FOURTH WORKSHOP OF THE NETWORK OF SMALL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES (SCCs) IN AFRICA HELD IN KINSHASA-DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (6th to 11th September, 2017)

PREAMBLE We, the participants of The Fourth Workshop of the Network of Small Christian Communities (SCCs) in Africa, following the previous workshops in Accra, 2014, Ouagadougou, 2015 and Nairobi, 2016, assembled at “Centre Theresianum” in Congo-Kinshasa from 6th to 11th September, 2017. We are a resource forum of experts and practitioners who are passionate about the growth and sustainabil...
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AMECEA: Pastoral Departments Across AMECEA Region to Integrate Laudato SI in all Pastoral Programs.

The Pastoral Departments of the Episcopal Conferences of AMECEA Countries are planning to integrate the message in the encyclical Laudato Si in all the pastoral programs of the individual Bishops Conferences. According to the Coordinator of AMECEA Pastoral Department Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Chimombo, the decision was made during the recent Annual National Pastoral Coordinators’ meeting held at AM...
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TANZANIA: Arusha Hosts Fourth Annual Meeting of Network Pastoral Africa

Focusing on the encyclical “Laudato Si’” of Pope Francis and its implications for the work of the Pastoral Institutes in Africa, the fourth annual meeting of Network Pastoral Africa is scheduled to take place at the Lumen Christi Institute in Arusha, Tanzania, from 3rd to 6th February, 2017. Among the topics to be discussed during the Arusha meeting includes an African Reading of Laudato Si, Ec...
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AMECEA: Pastoral Department to Hold a Child Nurturing and Protection Workshop

In a continuing effort to nurture and safeguard children, the AMECEA Pastoral Department has organized a workshop that will focus on how the National Bishop’s Conferences and Dioceses within the region have been responding to this course over the years. The two week workshop will take place in Malindi, Kenya from 12th to 25th February, 2017 and will attract 40 participants from five AMECEA countr...
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TANZANIA: Pastoral Network in Africa – 4th Meeting on ‘Laudato SI’ held in Arusha

Over the past five years the Catholic Church in Africa established “Networking between Pastoral Institutes.” The aim of the workshop was to provide an African context for reflection on pastoral theology and a forum for an international African exchange of pastoral ministry. At this fora, representatives of leading pastoral institutes share their experiences to strengthen and inspire one another. ...
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ETHIOPIA: AMECEA Pastoral Coordinators Propose Framework for the Implementation of Amoris Laetitia.

National Pastoral Coordinators from AMECEA Region have proposed a number of strategies for the implementation of Pope Francis’ Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. During the three-day workshop held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 6th – 8th March, the coordinators prioritized strengthening the family,, children upbringing and marriage preparation. “Instability both in the family and religious life, educa...
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AMECEA: AMECEA Pastoral Department Spearheads a move to Develop a Child Protection Policy Framework

Following the workshop that took place from 11th February to 25th February, 2017 in the Catholic diocese of Malindi, Kenya, members recommended that AMECEA should establish a framework on Child Protection Policy from which each Bishops’ Conference or diocese within the region will draw guidelines that would safeguard and protect children and minors from abuse. The workshop which brought together ...
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KENYA: AMECEA Publishes a Small Christian Communities Training Handbook for Facilitators

As a practical response to the AMECEA Pastoral Strategic Plan 2014-2024, AMECEA has published a training handbook for facilitators of Small Christian Communities (SCCs), which fulfills an emerging need for inducing training contents and methodologies for individuals and groups actively involved in the facilitation of SCCs Processes. The handbook which was edited by a team of experts in SCCs...
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ETHIOPIA: AMECEA holds a workshop in preparation for the synod of Bishops on the Youth

The AMECEA Pastoral Department held its first workshop in preparation for the Synod of Bishops on the Youth, at the Catholic Secretariat for the Episcopal Conference of Ethiopia. The workshop which was held from 11th to 12th of August 2017, brought together 30 participants. 25 of the participants were representatives of the youth from various youth movements across the country, while the ...
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CONGO KINSHASA: AMECEA Small Christian Community Facilitation Team Attends Pan-African Network of SCCs in Africa

A three-member delegation comprising of Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Chimombo, Dr. Alphoce Omolo and Rev. Fr. Lucas Ong’esa, from the AMECEA SCCs Training Team is part of the delegates for the workshop on Pan-African Network of Small Christian Communities(SCCs) currently meeting in Congo Kinshasa from 6th -11th, September, 2017. This is the fourth workshop to be held by Pan Africa Network on Small Chr...
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