By Ignatius Mvula
The Coordinator of Catechists of the Diocese of Karonga Father Bernard Silungwe has assured Catechists that his office will do everything possible to ensure that they are equipped with the necessary skills to perform to the best possible standard.
Father Silungwe made this remarks at St Francis Shrine (Kaseye) Shrine in Chitipa District where the Diocese organized a weeklong refresher course for Catechists and their wives. Father Silungwe further thanked those who had made the conference through financial support.
“I am happy to see this happening. It is a rare gift that we can have funds to arrange this conference. We need catechists who can perform to the standard and this can only happen if we equip them with necessary skills,” said Fr. Silungwe.
The workshop which run from 22nd to 27th April, 2019 commenced with a day of recollection directed by Father Edward Kamanga serving as a Curate at St Michael’s Parish. In his reflection, Father Kamanga dwelt on the love of God as it radiates to all people and that we are called to carry this same love to others.
Among other lessons, the catechists were oriented on the Canon Law with particular focus on marriage. The catechists were drilled on the best ways of preparing people for married life and challenges in married life with respect to Canon Law.
They were also oriented on the Child Protection Policy that the Episcopal Conference of Malawi published. Mr. Mwawi Shaba emphasized the significance of this policy to all those who work with children and the vulnerable. The catechists pledged their support to implement the policy.
“I am grateful that we are here to get to know all these things, it’s really very rewarding. I like the policy because it will help us serve children in our prayer centres better,” Said Catechist Paul Mwakilama.
On their part, the wives were taught on skills of Home Economics and how to develop their life both in the spiritual and social aspects.
The Diocese of Karonga organizes refresher courses for the Catechist every year after Easter. These have helped the catechist to grow in their ministry.