TheSymposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) will be celebrating their golden jubilee in Uganda.
The SECAM executive board is expected to meet in Kampala later this week to officially flag off the year long Golden Jubilee celebrations which are expected to climax next year on July 29th, 2019.
According to Msgr. John Baptist Kauta who is the secretary general of the Uganda Episcopal Conference, the SECAM Executive Board will be meeting Friday and take part in the official inauguration mass for Golden Jubilee celebrations at Rubaga Cathedral on Sunday July 29th, 2018.
” All are invited for the inaugural mass. The preparations for the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee will begin in Uganda headed by the Uganda Episcopal Conference after July 30th, 2018. Other details of the preparations will be communicated, ” Msgr J.B Kauta said.
SECAM was born out of the will of young African Bishops during the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). They wanted to speak with one voice and its establishment is therefore the result of the Bishops resolution to build forth the African vision to the whole church.
Seeing the importance of such an Association for Africa, the Congregation for the Evangelization of the People at the Holy See invited the presidents of the Regional Episcopal Conferences for consultation in 1968. A year later, the first ever visit of a Pope to Africa was seen as very opportune to launch the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar. His Holiness Pope Paul VI was welcomed to Kampala (Uganda) for the official launching of SECAM in July 1969 which is now 50 years since this historic moment.
SECAM’s secretary general,Fr. Joseph Koma Koma says the theme for the Golden Jubilee celebrations with be “Church, Family of God in Africa, Celebrate your Jubilee! Proclaim, Meet and Welcome Christ your saviour.”
He added on that the objective of the Jubilee is to celebrate in thanking God for His wonders and marvellous deeds, the gift of Baptism and of the Church, to ponder on the progress made so far, with the aim of deepening our roots in Christ and to engage ourselves resolutely in faith in proclamation of the mission of the Gospel in words and actions. “