The 19th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) will take place in Accra, Ghana, from July 25 to August 1, 2022.
Over 120 African prelates will gather in Ghana for the Plenary Assembly.
The session would be on the theme “Ownership of SECAM; Security and Migration in Africa and the Islands,” and would lay strong emphasis on on the implications of ownership for its members.
The Catholic Church in Ghana is afoot with preparations for the conference, and its clergy and lay faithful are eagerly anticipating the spirit-filled yet thrilling event.
Some faithful and priests have begun to build a social presence for the much-anticipated conference in order to gain the Faithful’s spiritual and entire support before the Plenary Assembly.
The Symposium, headquartered in Accra, consists of eight regional associations:
• Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa (ACEAC);
• Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central African Region (ACERAC);
• Assembly of the Catholic Hierarchy of Egypt (AHCE);
• Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA);
• Episcopal Conferences of the Indian Ocean (CEDOI);
• Regional Episcopal Conference of North Africa (CERNA);
• Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA);
• Reunion of Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA/CERAO).
SECAM executes its pastoral engagements through two Commissions, namely: Evangelisation and Justice, Peace and Development. To bring the voice of the Catholic Church into issues of good governance and sustainable development, and to promote servant leadership across the continent and the islands, SECAM obtained Observer Status at the African Union (AU) in 2015.
To foster communion, the Symposium has three official languages: English, French and Portuguese, and its foundation (referred to as SECAM Day) is celebrated on 29 July.
Rev. Terwase Henry Akaabiam
Secretary General, SECAM
About the SECAM
The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) was born from the will of the African bishops at the time of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), they wanted to establish a forum to speak with a single voice on issues relating to the Church in Africa and Madagascar. SECAM is thus the episcopal, continental structure of the Church Family of God in Africa which counts:
505 dioceses grouped in 38 national or inter-territorial episcopal conferences and counts nearly 250 million Catholic faithful.
SECAM was launched on July 31, 1969 during the visit of His Holiness Pope Paul VI to Kampala (Uganda). The headquarters / secretariat of SECAM is in Accra, (Ghana) and a specific office is established in Nairobi (Kenya) for the translation of the bible into African languages and its distribution in Africa and Madagascar. Furthermore SECAM is an observer to the African Union and is represented by the Cardinal Archbishop of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of SECAM (July 1969 – July 2019) a pastoral exhortation entitled Kampala Document was promulgated by the pastors of Africa to the People of God and men and women of good will.
After the celebration of this golden jubilee of SECAM, a new chapter opens for the Church Family of God in Africa. A “new Africa”, more centered on God whose members become Salt of the earth and Light of the world (Mt 5, 13-14; KD N° 22, 133) to accompany the hopes and anxieties of the people and to direct them towards Jesus Christ the True Liberator of humanity – www.SECAM.org
Source: AGNUS-DEI MEDIA