Go, Do not be Afraid and Serve – Pope Francis
The Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA) elected and appointed new office bearers for the Positions of Chairperson, Secretary General and Executive members; representatives of the 9 Member Countries. This noble exercise was carried out on 27th August 2014 at Andrews Motel in Lusaka Zambia. A colourful installation ceremony followed thereafter coupled with a lot of Zambian music style and culture of installing/blessing new leaders. H.E. Apostolic Nuncio of Zambia Julio Murat celebrated the closing Mass.
Sr. Margaret Aringo FSJ who had served ACWECA for the last 3 years handed over the mantle of Leadership to Sr. Prisca Matenga DOR. Sr. Prisca is the Superior General of the Daughters of the Redeemer; a Diocesans Congregation in Zambia. She is deputized by Sr. Anna Mary Henrietta Nyangoma, the Superior General of the Evangelizing Sisters of Mary based in Kenya – she is also the Executive representative for Kenya.
Sr. Catherine Okari IBVM who has served ACWECA for nine years and has been responsible for accomplishing 3 sets of mandates from the 13th, 14th and 15th Plenaries. She handed over the mantle of that
noble office to Sr. Eneless Chimbali from Malawi and a sister of the Servants of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Sr. Eneless has resigned as the Secretary General of Association of Women in Religious Institutes of Malawi (AWRIM) to take up the same position in ACWECA.
‘The shoes are big and we pray that they fit well’ – ACWECA Community
The new Secretary General is currently on a 3 Months sabbatical before she takes up office in January 2015 and Sr. Catherine Okari IBVM will be holding office until then.
The Country representations were elected as follows:
- Sr. Therese Nyoni – Zambia
- Sr. Susan Clare Ndeezo – Uganda
- Sr. Lucy Maliekal – Tanzania
- Sr. Noha Nynadi – North Sudan
- Sr. Mary Daniel Abut – South Sudan
- Sr. Clementina Nkandira – Malawi
- Sr. Abrehet Solomon Temelso – Eritrea
(The Ethiopian Representative will be communicated at a later date)
In her maiden speech after the installation Ceremony, Sr. Prisca Matenga DOR expressed her deep gratitude to the outgoing leadership team.
In her speech during the colorful installation ceremony at the closing mass of the 16thGeneral Assembly at Andrews Motel in Lusaka, Sr. Matenga thanked the outgoing Chairperson, Sr. Margaret Aringo FSJ and the entire executive team for their tremendous dedication in accomplishing many things for the Association.
You are just fantastic, thank you for your courage, thank you for your determination, thank you for your hard work, thank you for remaining focused until up to this time that you are gracefully handing over the office to us. You are great women, thank you so much and may God reward you for what you have done for ACWECA”, she said.
Sr. Prisca also commended the outgoing ACWECA Secretary General, Sr. Catherine Okari IBVM for working extremely hard to bring ACWECA up to where it is now.
“You are an angel. I salute you on behalf of ACWECA. We thank you for your true innovativeness and for your brilliant ideas. We thank you for your intelligence and for having moved ACWECA forward, for loving ACWECA! We are proud of you; thank you so much. We will pray for you”.
Our prayers and well wishes goes to the new team as they embark on the noble task of fulfilling the Mandates of 2014 – 2017.
During the 16th General Assembly in Lusaka Zambia, The Association of Consecrated Women of Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA) committed – under the theme ‘Go do not be afraid and serve’ – that in the years (2014 – 2017) they will:
1. To promote, enhance, deepen and strengthen Religious Life through holistic formation at every level by:
- Training Spiritual Directors
- Training Canon Lawyers
- Training leaders
- Critical study of the Research/Findings in “Culture and Religious Women in Eastern Africa” integrating the positive elements of culture to strengthen African identity in Religious Life and Society
2. To promote capacity building for Mission by:
Using the CRS tools of Holistic Organizational Capacity Assessment Instrument (HOCAI) and Sub-Recipient Financial Management Policy (SRFMP) to become more effective in:
- Alleviating poverty
- Building systems of self-sustainability of congregations and organizations
- Ending human trafficking
- Building community relationships through inter-religious dialogue
3. To continue to build solidarity with the Sisters in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and South Sudan.
(Article by: ACWECA Communications Dept)