KAMPALA, JULY 24, 2018 (CISA) – The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) is set to celebrate its golden Jubilee in Uganda, starting July 30, 2018.
According to Msgr. John Baptist Kauta, Secretary General of the Uganda Episcopal Conference, the SECAM Executive Board will hold the Preparatory Meeting meet in Kampala, on July 27-28, 2018.
On July 29, the official inauguration Mass for Golden Jubilee celebrations will take place at Rubaga Cathedral at 10 a.m.
“The objective of the Jubilee is to celebrate in thanking God for His wonders and marvelous 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,” said Fr Joseph Koma-Koma, the Secretary General of SECAM.
SECAM was launched in Kampala, in July 1969, by Pope Paul VI, during the first ever visit by a Pope to Africa.
According to the Uganda Episcopal Conference, 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. The establishment of SECAM is therefore the result of the Bishops resolution to build a continental structure in order to bring forth the African vision to the whole Church.
The celebration will run up to July 29, 2019, under the theme: “Church, Family of God in Africa, Celebrate your Jubilee! Proclaim, Meet and Welcome Christ your Savior.”