The Catholic Biblical Centre for Africa and Madagascar (BICAM) has announced the rolling out of two major Masters’ Degree programmes at the proposed BICAM’s Pan-African Catholic Institutes in Nairobi and Kinshasa. The programmes; Translation and Interpretation and Research in Social and Human Sciences are scheduled to begin in the 2019/2020 academic year; September 2019 in Nairobi and October 2019 in Kinshasa.

The announcement was made by the Director of the Centre, Rev. Fr. Prof. Albert Ngengi Mundele, at the Annual Executive Committee Meeting of BICAM from 11 to 12 February 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya, where the Centre will start to operate.

BICAM is a Department under the SECAM Commission of Evangelisation which encourages and co-ordinates Biblical Apostolate programmes on the continent. BICAM since its establishment has been the official organ of SECAM for the promotion, coordination and organization of biblical apostolate and the translation of the Bible into local languages.

At the meeting, the legal documents for the re-registration of BICAM were signed to make it a legal entity to operate in Kenya again. The re-registration became necessary because for some time BICAM offices were transferred to the main offices of SECAM in Accra (Ghana) but it was decided to move BICAM back to Nairobi.

Reporting on the activities of the Department, Fr. Mundele mentioned further that the institute was reviewing the course content for its Social Communications Department.  Also, following the Synod of Bishops on Youth in October 2018, and after the evaluations of the biblical apostolate workshops held in 2018, the Department pledges to hold other workshops on Biblical Apostolate for young people in 2019 and 2020.

The 9 statutory participants at the meeting were:

  1. Rev. Bishop Mathieu Madega, Bishop of Mouila / Gabon, 1st Vice-President of SECAM, and President of the Executive Committee of CEBAM;
  2. Rev. Raymond Ahoua, Bishop of Grand-Bassan / Ivory Coast, President of ACOA;
  3. Fr. Joseph Komakoma, Secretary General of SECAM;
  4. Fr. Edouard Mombili, 1st Deputy Secretary General, in charge of Evangelization Commission of SECAM;
  5. Fr. Albert Ngengi Mundele, Director of CEBAM;
  6. Fr. Jan Stephanow, svd, Secretary General of the CBF;

And three representatives of linguistic regions in Africa:

  1. Fr. Bonificio Tchomboto, priest of the diocese of Banguela / Angola, representative of Lusophone;
  2. Sr. Mary Jerome Obiorah, IHM, from Nigeria, representing Anglophone;
  3. Fr. Léon-Cyrille Keresse, op, of the Central African Republic, representing Francophone.
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