Delegates at the just ended two-day International Seminar on SECAM’s 50th anniversary in Yaoundé, Cameroon, have called for a greater involvement of the Laity in the discharge and promotion of SECAM’s mission at the local and regional levels.
The seminar, organized by the Faculty of Theology of the University of Central Africa (UCAC), Nkolbisson Campus, Yaoundé-Cameroun, was from May 16 – 17, 2019, on the theme: SECAM- 50 years at the service of collegiality and missionary synodality in Africa and Madagascar.
The Second Vice President of SECAM and Bishop of Mouila, Gabon, Rt. Rev. Mathieu Lebouankehan Madega, noted with appreciation the different contexts of the seminar; historical and ecclesial, theological and pastoral. He stressed that SECAM has over the years been highly involved in the promotion of issues related to evangelization as well as in the promotion of a fair and just African society.
In order for SECAM to be more influential at the continental and world stages, the participants entreated Episcopal Conferences to show real interest in SECAM, by supporting its infrastructural development, financial wellbeing and the quality of its human resource. To this end they said it was necessary to sensitize the local Churches on the need to financially support the church in Africa to be self-reliant.
The participants also encouraged SECAM to propagate the lives of the African saints and martyrs especially those of Uganda, to inspire the church in the world today.