Malawi Hosting AMECEA 2014 Plenary Meeting in July.
Malawi will host a regional meeting of the Catholic Church from 16th to 26th July in 2014. Over 250 delegates (half of them cardinals and Bishops from 127 Dioceses in the AMECEA region are expected to convene here in Malawi for the meeting. Two such meeting held in Malawi in the past (1979 and 1995) have remained remarkable in the minds of people in the region for the liturgy celebrated and the hospitality accorded by the people– characteristics of the Warm Heart of Africa! There is need to join hands together to live up to and even surpass this good reputation
AMECEA" is an acronym for "Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa". It is a service organization for the National Catholic Bishops Conferences of the eight countries of Eastern Africa Region, namely: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Somalia and Djibouti are affiliate members.
Vision of AMECEA
A Holy Spirit filled family of God, committed to holistic evangelization and integral development
Mission of AMECEA
To inspire and empower God’s family in AMECEA to a credible and prophetic witness to Christ, by promoting unity, justice, peace and solidarit
AMECEA (then ITEBEA) was the brainchild of the Catholic Bishops of Tanganyika (today’s Tanzania). In 1960, they proposed through the then Apostolic Delegation (today’s Nunciature) in Nairobi, that there be collaboration among Catholic Bishops in the region. That time the following countries were under the Nairobi Apostolic Delegation namely Kenya, Nyasaland (today’s Malawi), Uganda, Sudan, Tanganyika and Nothern Rhodesia (today’s Zambia). When these Bishops’ Conferences agreed to the necessity of working together, the then Apostolic Delegate (today’s Nuncio) Monsignor Guido Del Mestri consulted Rome. Rome gave its approval.
The supreme authority over all AMECEA’s activities rests with the plenary Assembly of all the Bishops of the eight countries. The plenary Assembly takes place every three years, since 1961, with the venue rotating from one country to another within the region covering these countries and Malawi has had the honour of hosting these meetings only twice: 1979 ((8th-16th August) at St. Peter’s Major Seminary in Zomba under the theme of “The Implementation of the AMECEA Bishops’ Pastoral Priority of Building Small Christian Communities: An Evaluation 1979”.
In 1995 (6th -20th August) at St. John the Baptist Major Seminary in Mangochi under the theme “The role of the Church in Development in the Light of the African Synod.”
Each Plenary Assembly is held under a special selected theme. Thus between 1961 and 2011, the Plenary Assemblies have deliberated upon 17 themes that have guided the work on AMECEA countries during the subsequent three– year periods and consolidated thereafter .
The total population of the AMECEA region is estimated at 262million out of whom more than 47 million are Catholics. Dioceses 127, priests 8, 696, Religious Brothers 7, 146, Religious Sisters 20, 773.
Since its inception, AMECEA has made a number of achievements. Some of these achievements include the establishment of the Small Christian Communities as a Pastoral priority in the region in 1976; Accountancy Course at St. Augustine’s University in Tanzania in 1975, initially located at Ggaba, Kampala, in Uganda but shifted to Eldoret, Kenya, in 1976; the Catholic University for Eastern Africa (CUEA) in 1984; Blessed Bakanja AMECEA College, a regional seminary in Kenya in 1998. Quite a number of Malawian priests, sisters and lay people have benefitted from the training offered by these institutions.
Cognisant of the need to prepare for such a meeting, the Episcopal Conference of Malawi set up a Committee to spearhead preparatory work for this great event.
The Committee comprises:
Rev. Fr. George Buleya & Mr. Peter Kulemeka - Co-Chairmen
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Chimombo & Mrs Evarista Chafulumira– Deputy , Mrs Catherine Nyangulu – Secretary, Mrs Amy Rumano – Treasurer , Mr. Carsterns Mulume – Deputy.
Mr. Saulos Chilima – Publicity, Mrs. Innocentia Ottober – Accomodation, Dr. Mary Shaba – Fundraising, Dr. Charles Matabwa – Protocol , Mr. Anakwe – Transport , Rev. Fr. Gabriel Jana - Liturgy
Bank: National Bank of Malawi
Branch: Lilongwe Service Centre
Account Name: ECM-AMECEA 2014
Account No.: 1000211644