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Bishops to launch SECAM Golden Jubilee at Rubaga Cathedral

By Juliet Lukwago

Added 28th July 2018 08:00 PM

This Conference is in the final stages of preparations to host SECAM on July 29, after 50 years since it was first hosted.

Bishops to launch SECAM Golden Jubilee at Rubaga Cathedral

This Conference is in the final stages of preparations to host SECAM on July 29, after 50 years since it was first hosted.

PIC: Some of SECAM delegates in procession before the Holy Mass at Uganda Martyrs Munyonyo Shrine on Thursday July 26, 2018. (Credit: Juliet Lukwago)

RELIGION

The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) executive board will launch Golden Jubilee celebrations that will climax a year later on July 29, 2019.

The official initiation Mass for Golden Jubilee celebrations will take place at Sacred Heart of Mary Cathedral Rubaga tomorrow July 29 at 9:30am and all Christians are invited for the inaugural Mass. 

It will be led by the newly elected president of SECAM, Archbishop  Gabriel Mbilingi, the Archbishop of Lubango in Angola, assisted by other bishops from different countries. 

On Friday, SECAM delegates, including Berhaneyesus cardinal Demerew Souraphiel of Addis Abeba in Ethiopia, 11 bishops, priests and lay people from different countries visited Uganda Martyrs Shrine Munyonyo. 

During their visit, the team attended the Holy Mass led by vice-President of SECAM, Archbishop Gabriel Anokye of Cape Coast, assisted by Munyonyo parishioners. 

In his sermon, Anokye asked Christians to pray for SECAM, parents and grandparents as they are celebrate St. Anna and Joachim Day. He also declared to the congregation that on Sunday they would launch 50 years of SECAM. 

Berhaneyesus Cardinal Demerew Souraphiel of Addis Abeba in Ethiopia (red hat), with other bishops at Uganda Martyrs Shrine Munyonyo


The launch emanates after the meeting of Bishops under their umbrella  SECAM currently taking place in Uganda.

This Conference is in the final stages of preparations to host SECAM on July 29, after 50 years since it was first hosted.

The information was launched in Kampala in July 1969 by Paul VI; during his ever first Pope visit to Africa including Uganda.  

According to a press statement from the Catholic Secretariat at Nsambya, the SECAM was established with the will of young African Bishops during the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). The establishment of SECAM is the result of the bishops' resolution to build a continental structure in order to bring forth the African vision to the whole Church. 

Berhaneyesus cardinal Demerew Souraphiel of Addis Abeba in Ethiopia (red hat), other bishops and some of the delegate priests consecrate the Holy Eucharist during the Holy Mass at Uganda Martyrs Shrine Munyonyo



"SECAM was established with the will of young African bishops during the second Vatican Council (1962-1965), they wanted to speak with one voice," information says. 

The celebrations 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." 

The objective of the jubilee is to thank 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 the roots in Christ. 

Vice-President of SECAM, Archbishop Gabriel Anokye of Cape Coast plants a together with other delegates at Uganda Martyrs Munyonyo Shrine

 

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