Nov 30, 2011, 11:47 AM
The Inter-Territorial Catholic Bishops Conference composed of four dioceses in two countries, Sierra Leone and the Gambia, with two ecclesiastical provinces, have given a count down of their past activities in the presence of other Bishops, Arch bishops, Cardinals and priests at a well attended AECAWA meeting. They accept that it is difficult for them to have frequent exchanges and sharing of pastoral projects beyond the common Pre-major, Major and hopefully, a Marriage tribunal. Christian Panorama finds out what had transpired since, in each country.
Submitting on behalf of the ITCABIC, Bishop George Biguzzi, Bishop of Makeni and President of the association said Since their last Plenary AECAWA meeting in
It was a time of jubilation for the church in
He said Bishop Patrick Koroma attended the meetings of AECAWA Standing Committee, in
The celebration of the Year of St. Paul gave rise to several initiatives such as pilgrimages at local and national levels, lectures, workshops, retreats and radio talks on the life and teaching of
The Year of the Priest
Bishop Biguzzi says, "Following the declaration of the Year of the Priest by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XV1, The four Dioceses of ITCABIC have inaugurated the Year of the Priest in their own unique pastoral contexts. Different activities are being organized to reflect the spiritual, pastoral and moral identity of our priests within the framework of the mind of the Holy See."
He further said that they had proposed for the erection of a new Diocese of Bo and has been accepted by the Holy See. "The Canonical process is nearly completed and we are expecting the official establishment of the new diocese soon.
The church is well rooted in Bo and in the Southern Province of Sierra Leone; Bo will be a very vibrant diocese from the very beginning of its erection," he said. In the same vane, he said the Diocese of Makeni has begun making some remote preparation for the erection of a new diocese. An Episcopal Vicar has been appointed to help in the administration of the Port Loko and Kambia Districts that could possibly be proposed as the future Diocese of Port Loko. We are happy to let you know that the ITCABIC Conference is gradually growing from four dioceses to six dioceses in the near future, he said.
ITCABIC Commissions have been active in different degrees in their specific fields. The Biblical and Catechetical Commission has promoted Biblical Apostolate and organised workshops throughout the Conference. Catechetical materials have been produced and distributed. Church in need provided us with Children's Bibles and Bibles simplified for our catechists and other pastoral agents. "In Sierra Leone Radio Maria (RM) is very effective in the field of Social Communications. We have two studios located in Makeni and
In The Gambia, the church has access to state and private radio and television stations for limited periods. The members of the justice and peace commissions have organized workshops in every diocese in
Education he said remains a privileged means of evangelization and human promotion in our territories. "We are committed to maintaining our schools, investing our best.
Their challenges include; the promotion of vocations, self reliance and we ask that we share ideas in this area. "We thank God for the steady growth of our church in both countries.