PMC Members “pillars” of Vocations to Religious Life: Pontifical Mission Official in Kenya

PMS Directors and PMC Coordinators from Kenyan Dioceses at the ongoing Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: ACI Africa

Members of the Pontifical Missionary Children (PMC), a society founded on the motto “children helping children” that aims to the Catholic faith to children from 0-14 years, are a key source of and strength to vocations to Priestly and Religious Life, an official of the   Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in Kenya has said. 

In an interview with ACI Africa on the sidelines of the five-day Annual General Meeting (AGM) of PMS and PMC officials in Kenya set to conclude on Friday, February 9, the PMS Director in the country’s Kitui Diocese described secularism as “a threat” to the growth of children in Christian faith.

“Missionary work has helped to boost vocations. PMC (members) are the pillars of the Church as far as vocation to (Priestly and) Religious Life is concerned,” Fr. Edward Mulwa said, and added, “Those who grow in PMC formation are (the) ones entering the vocation to Religious Life; we have many who are in Seminaries and others are already women and men Religious.”

Fr. Edward Mulwa, the PMS Director of Kenya's Kitui Diocese during the ongoing PMS AGM in Nairobi. Credit: ACI Africa

Fr. Mulwa attributed “the growth of vocations” to Priestly and Religious Life to the apostolate of Priests, women and men Religious, and Laity among children.


“I can encourage that we continue working with the children so that we can get more vocations which will also help in the future of the missionary work,” the Director of PMS in Kitui Diocese, who doubles as the Vocations Director told ACI Africa during the Wednesday, February 7 interview.

If we make well the foundation of faith in our children, monitor their transition into youth and adulthood, and guide them in their vocational choices and journey, Fr. Mulwa said, “then we shall have a growth in the vocation to Religious Life.”

The Kenyan Catholic Priest, who also serves as Executive Secretary of the Catholic Bishop of Kitui Diocese went on to caution against the secularism.

“The issue of secularism is not just a threat to children in Kitui Diocese but also cuts across all the Dioceses in Kenya,” Fr. Mulwa told ACI Africa at at JJ McCarthy Centre of the Assumption Sisters of Nairobi (ASN), the venue of the AGM of PMS and PMC Coordinators drawn from Kenyan Catholic Dioceses alongside officials of the Commission for Missions and PMS Operations of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The exposure of children to digital media needs checking and adults have the responsibility to guide children in matters digitality, he said, adding that initiatives have been undertaken to equip PMC animators in Kitui Diocese with skills to orient children in their consumption of media content from various platforms, including social media forums like TikTok.

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“Since our children are well versed with these means of technology, we want to use the same to evangelize and also teach them how to evangelize to fellow children using the means,” Fr. Mulwa said.

“We want to venture deeper on how children can use the media to evangelize other children,” he further said, adding that in Kitui Diocese, media has been integrated into children’s Saturday programs.

“We also teach animators to understand the complexities of these children. We also organize retreats, workshops, and even seminars for the animators and the children themselves so that they can do well their missionary work,” Fr. Mulwa told ACI Africa February 7. 

Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.