The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has launched the SECAM Golden Jubilee Year, July 2018-July 2019, and unveiled the logo for the year-long celebrations.

This was done by Most Rev. Gabriel Mbilingi, Archbishop of Lubango, Angola and President of SECAM, on Sunday, 29th July 2018, at the Lubaga Sacred Heart Cathedral in Kampala, Uganda.

Most Rev. Mbilingi who was the main celebrant for the Eucharistic celebration, said, the theme for the celebration was “Church family of God in Africa, Celebrate Your Jubilee, Proclaim Jesus Christ Your Saviour”. He used the occasion to encourage all Churches in Africa, Madagascar and the islands as well as small Christian Communities to use the year-long celebration to reflect and to thank God for his blessings for the church in Africa.

He acknowledged the initiative of the church leaders over the past fifty years to speak with one voice and thanked God for the journey so far. He was also grateful to the people of Uganda for hosting SECAM and for accepting that the 50th Anniversary should also be celebrated in their country.

Welcoming the SECAM Delegates to Uganda, the Archbishop of Kampala, Most Rev. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga said Uganda was happy to be associated with SECAM since its inception and hence warmly welcomed the celebration of the SECAM Golden Jubilee in the country in July, 2019.

Delivering the homily during the mass, Rt. Rev. Sithembele Sipuka, Bishop of Mthatha, South Africa and 2nd Vice President of SECAM said “the Lord does not work in a vacuum, he needs our cooperation, to overcome the overwhelming challenges facing the people of Africa and also SECAM.

He encouraged leaders to work against materialism and corruption which is sadly manifesting itself among pastoral agents.

He further urged that the church should be used to fight real physical hunger by engaging governments at national, regional and continental levels on issues pertaining to socio-political, economic, and human rights, among others.

Bishop Sipuka concluded by encouraging his colleague Bishops to contribute their “five barley loaves” every year to support SECAM to do more than it had done over the past fifty years.