On the 8th day of the 5th month in the 2023rd year of the Lord, Priests, Deacons, Religious Men and Women working in the Archdiocese of Kisumu gathered at the Tumsifu Centre (also known as Goan Centre) for a workshop on Collaborative Ministry. This workshop was facilitated by Rev. Bonaventure Lucidio, the Director of Pontifical Mission Societies PMS at the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB).
In his opening remarks, the Archbishop of Kisumu, Most Rev. Maurice Muhatia Makumba emphasized the importance of this workshop, thanking Fr Luchidio for organizing it and thanking the Priests, Deacons, and Religious Men and Women for creating time to attend. He underlined the need for Priests to collaborate with one another and with the Religious Men and Women in their apostolate. The Archbishop told the Priests and the Religious that if their relationship is bad, the parishioners will always know it, almost immediately. No matter how good the priest’s sermon is, it will not create any impact if he does not relate well with the Religious in his parish. Such a bad relationship, he said, simply de-evangelizes the Christians.Fr. Luchidio in his presentation encouraged the participants to do more than the usual way of doing things. In the spirit of the Synod on synodality, Fr. Luchidio reiterated the theme of the 2023 World Mission Sunday which will be about Hearts on fire, feet on the move. Jesus sent his disciples two by two, signalling the need for a collaborative ministry. All members of the Church are now described as Christ’s faithful. Those incorporated into Christ through Baptism are constituted the People of God. They are called, each according to his or her own particular condition to exercise the mission which God entrusted to the Church to fulfil in the world. This does not mean that our participation in and responsibility for the life and mission of the church is identical. It is not identical but collaborative.
The Vicar of Religious in the Archdiocese of Kisumu, Rev. Fr Joseph Oguok IMC thanked all the participants for their participation in the workshop. He noted the mutual relationship that already exists between the Priests and the Religious. Fr Joseph is also part of the Liaison Committee in the Archdiocese of Kisumu.
Priests, both diocesan and Missionary, came from all the 63 parishes of the Archdiocese of Kisumu, starting from its farthest border with Bungoma Diocese to the other far border with Kericho Diocese. It was such a wonderful event bringing together the very old members of the Priests and Religious together with the newly ordained Deacons and newly Professed Sisters.