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NOTE: (Kindly note that the Pastoral Ministries listed below highlight the objectives as they appear in the Kasama Archdiocese 2017-2021 Strategic Plan)


Following the spirit of the First African Synod that emphasized the image of the Church as the family of God, the Archdiocese of Kasama fosters collaborative and participatory ministry in the work of evangelization. This approach encourages the clergy, the Religious, and the lay faithful to work collaboratively as much as possible in evangelization. In this way, the lay faithful participate fully in the life of the church and building God’s Kingdom. All the baptized are called to use various gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12: 4-11), to build together an earthly kingdom where justice, peace, tolerance, and forgiveness must exist. Therefore, all the baptised people are called to be agents of evangelization.

1. Overview of Pastoral Programmes

The pastoral programmes in the Archdiocese of Kasama are co-ordinated by the Pastoral Office headed by the Pastoral Director.

There are also lay ministries to carry out a variety of liturgical and pastoral functions. These include the following:

  1.1 Catechists

They are lay faithful who have undergone training and have been mandated to carry out the work of evangelization. They minister in parishes and outstations in the absence of the priest.

        Strategic Objective 12

To train catechists and volunteer catechists in new methods of evangelization

        Strategies to achieve objective

  1. Conduct trainings and refresher courses for trainee catechists and catechists respectively
  2. Equip catechists with new tools for evangelization
  • Ensure continuity of catechetical schools

   1.2. Prayer Leaders

They conduct prayers and some liturgical services in the outstations when there is no priest.

        Strategic Objective 13

To enhance the training and formation of prayer leaders

        Strategies to achieve objective

  1. Training of prayer leaders about the meaning of the celebration of Mass and how it differs from Sunday service
  2. Train prayer leaders how to conduct Sunday services and funeral rites
  • Form Prayer Leaders in Catholic morals and spiritual values

    1.3. Voluntary Catechisers

The main responsibility of these lay ministers is to give instructions on Catholic Catechism to various groups intending to receive sacraments.

        Strategic Objective 14

To train catechisers in new skills of delivering instruction

        Strategies to achieve objective

  1. Conduct short courses and seminars on how to give instructions to various groups
  2. Provide syllabi and teaching materials to all catechisers in the parishes
  • Form Voluntary catechisers in Catholic morals and spiritual values

  1.4. Extra-ordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

These ministers assist the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion during Mass and take Holy Communion to the sick and elderly in small Christian communities and health facilities.

        Strategic Objective 15

To form extra ordinary ministers of the Eucharist to have right disposition and reverence towards the Eucharist

        Strategies to achieve objective

  1. To give instructions to the extra ordinary ministers on the dignity of the Blessed Sacrament
  2. Conduct short courses and seminars on how to carry the Eucharist to the sick and elderly
  • Train ministers on how to give Holy Communion in a dignified manner