By Grego Lusale
Every year lay movements have their annual conferences organized at diocese level in different parish centres through the Lay Apostolate Office of the Diocese.
This year, men dedicated serving the Sacred Heart of Jesus had their conference at St Marys Parish in the Diocese of Karonga.
In their less numbers due to its late establishment, at least 91 men convened for the conference this year. The conference started on Thursday 21st September to 24th September, 2017. They had two days of instructions and lessons delivered by different people including priests, Bishop’s Secretariat, Caritas Commission officers and their own leaders. Lessons included the importance of developing oneself in church, importance of peace among people both in church and communities at large, bible, My Father’s House and so on.
After intensive learning, 72 members took their vows to become full members of this lay piety group.
Among many other spiritual activities that these men do, the men, since 2016 when the bishop gave them special task of helping fostering peace among families and communities, they have been conducting various meetings and visits to communities known for conflict in the Diocese. The office of Lay Apostolate would like
to thank God for this blessing of such a wonderful lay group in the Diocese of Karonga.
Other lay movements are yet to hold their Annual Diocese Conferences. We have Women of Charity gathering at St Ignatius Parish centre and Legion of Mary at St Joseph the Worker Cathedral parish centre both from 28th September to 1st October. The Lay Apostolate Office, a department in the Pastoral Commission, wishes all of them well and successful conferences!