Religious sisters resolve to embrace holistic formation

Some of the religious sisters attending the ACWECA General Assembly in Lusaka, Zambia
Some of the religious sisters attending the ACWECA General Assembly in Lusaka, Zambia

The Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA) has ended its two weeks General Assembly which was held in Lusaka, Zambia. The Assembly brought together religious sisters from Eastern and Central Africa. At the end of the General Assembly the sisters have issued a communique signed by the new ACWECA Chairperson, Sister Prisca Matenga, who is also the Superior General of the Daughters of the Redeemer (DOR).

The new ACWECA Executive Board comprises Sr. Prisca Matenga of Zambia as the new Chairperson. Others include Sr. Ann Henrietta Nyangoma (Vice Chairperson- Kenya), Sr. Susan Ndezo (member, Uganda), Sr. Clementina Nkandira (member, Malawi), Sr. Therese Nyoni (member, Zambia), Sr. Sr. Lucy Maliekal (member, Tanzania), Sr. Mary Abut Daniel (member, S. Sudan), Sr. Noha Mykadi Koko Angilo (member, Republic of Sudan). Others who have been elected are representatives from Eritrea and Ethiopia.

The Secretary General is from the Servants of the Blessed Virgin Mary (SBVM), Sr. Enelesi Chimbali under the Association of Women Religious Institutes of Malawi (AWRIM). 

Here below is the communique:

MESSAGE FROM CATHOLIC CONSECRATED WOMEN IN EASTERN AND CENTRAL AFRICA (ACWECA) ZAMBIA: 16TH ACWECA GENERAL ASSEMBLY Theme: “Go, do not be afraid and serve” Preamble: To the Catholic faithful and all people of good will!

The Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA), comprising the National Conferences of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda and Zambia, greet you all in the name our Lord Jesus Christ. Shalom!

Concerned with the situation in our region, namely, Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and the Republic of Sudan, we, the Catholic Consecrated Women meeting at Andrews Motel, in Lusaka, Zambia for the 16th Plenary Assembly of 16 to 29 August 2014, prayed together and discussed our present day circumstances in the region under the theme: “Go, do not be afraid and serve”, in view of offering solidarity to our sisters who are courageously serving there. 

We are determined to start with ourselves, as individuals, in leading the way of life that is grounded on the gospel values and principles of mutual respect for the dignity of every human person. We have shared and discussed on ways and means of improving efficiency in our role as sisters.

In the light of our theme “Go, do not be afraid and serve”, we the ACWECA members commit ourselves to:

Embrace and promote Gospel values i.e. justice, peace, reconciliation, hope and solidarity.

Enhance self sustainability in all national associations.

Promote, enhance, deepen and strengthen religious life through a Holistic lifelong formation programmes.

Strengthen networking with other National Conferences and Church Structures.

Ensure that information in the media systematically addresses the most pressing pastoral, social justice and development concerns of ACWECA.

Encourage each association to train sisters in Spiritual direction and Canon law

Design programs which will pay special attention to vulnerable members of society with the view of promoting human rights and the dignity of all human beings (poverty, human trafficking …).

Promote inter religious dialogue

Finally, we acknowledge with deep gratitude the hospitality of the Zambian Association of Sisterhoods and people of Zambia, for their generosity in hosting us.  We express our profound gratitude to all our local benefactors and abroad   who have generously supported us and have made this assembly a success. May our generous Father return choicest blessings on your work and families.

God bless the people of ACWECA.

“Go, do not be afraid and serve” Pope Francis!

Sister Prisca Matenga, DOR


27 August, 2014.