St. Steven's Training Session
With the assistance of Catholic World Mission, St. Steven’s, located in the Diocese of Karonga, is carrying out training sessions for the lay leaders of the parish as well as the clergy to create a collaboration between the priests and lay pastoral agents. St. Steven’s training session in March 2016 brought 28 laity to the parish to learn how to efficiently and effectively carry out pastoral activities in the absence of clergy. They were taught catechesis and given materials to equip them to be better lay leaders in the church.
The unique feature of St. Steven’s Parish is that many people come to Church, but very few receive the Blessed Sacrament. It is not because many people are not baptized, but it is because either they just got married without blessing their marriage in the Church or they are polygamous. This is the reason why there is need to conduct on-going formation not only for leaders, but also for Christians at large. With training new lay leaders to evangelize, and spread the truth of the Gospels we know the light of Christ will prevail in the Diocese of Karonga.
What Do the Participants from St. Steven Say?
“I have learnt many things from this session. The Church is not only the clergy, but all of us: Christians and clergy” - Silvia Ipopo, Treasurer of St. Kasantha Pastoral Zone.
“The session has been very fruitful. I have been touched by the emphasis on working collaboratively with priests.” - Jimmy Mwakafwila, Chairperson of Ngerenge Pastoral Zone.
“I have been touched by the importance of being the light of the world and salt of the world. I have been empowered to evangelise.” - Joseph Fiacara Mwenebabu, Secretary of St. Francis Fraternity
“As a leader of the youths in our parish, I have been empowered to evangelise among the youths.” - Enock Mwambeye, Representing the Youths
“I am a leader, but there were so many things I did not know about our great Church. This session will help to be a better leader.” - Patrick Soko, Vice Chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council
“We have been working without terms of reference, but through this session we now have them, this gives us confidence.” - Gervazio Mwamulima, Treasurer of the Parish Pastoral Council
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