Catechists in Rumbek Diocese, South Sudan, Urged “to remain active” in Evangelization

Bishop Christian Carlassare of South Sudan's Rumbek Diocese. Credit: Good News Radio/Facebook

Catechists in the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan have been called upon “to remain active” in their ministry of evangelization at the grassroots.

Speaking at the end of a one-month training for Catechists in Rumbek on Tuesday, June 28, Bishop Christian Carlassare expressed his awareness of the “the important role” of Catechists in the Local Church.

“As Catechists and servants of God, you need to remain active in carrying out evangelization in your different Chapels and Parishes, which will help the people of God you serve,” Bishop Carlassare said.

He further told the Catechists in his Episcopal See, “You need to commit yourself practically to support the chapels, Parishes, the Diocese, and the work that we do together.” 

The member of the Comboni Missionaries (MCCJ) who was consecrated Bishop on March 25 described Catechists as “the spiritual leaders of a clear community that get converted and want to know more about God, that starts the journey of faith and is ready to commit (itself).”


The ministry of Catechists is a vocation, Bishop Carlassare further said. He told the Catechists who participated in the monthlong training in Rumbek, “God has sent you to serve his people regardless of where they came from because all of them are created by God to be served by the people God sent to serve them.”

“As a Bishop, I have acknowledged the important role catechists play in the Catholic Church,” he said, and continued, “You are teachers of the word of God. This is because you preach the good news to the people of God.”

“The good news that you proclaim to the people in your different Chapels and Parishes within the Diocese is the one helping them to change their mind from doing bad things among themselves,” the Italian-born Catholic Bishop who has ministered in South Sudan since 2005 said during the June 28 event.

He urged the Catechists to make good use of what they gathered during the monthlong capacity building opportunity saying, “With this training, I want you to go out there and teach your communities to understand the word of God.”

On June 28, Bishop Carlassare announced a “Diocesan Week” to be realized at the end of July with representatives from the 16 Parishes of the Diocese, and the Diocesan coordination departments and offices focusing on the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality.

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In his letter announcing the July 25-30 event that he addressed to “all secular clergy and members of the religious institutes working in the diocese of Rumbek”, the Bishop said, “The main focus will be on the theme of Synodality as proposed by the Universal Church and the three words or concepts: communion, participation and mission.”

Patrick Juma Wani is a South Sudanese journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. Patrick holds a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from Makerere Institute for Social Development (MISD) in Uganda. He has over 7 years of extensive experience in leading the development and implementation of media, advocacy, communication and multimedia strategy and operations, with an excellent track record of editorial leadership, budget management, and stakeholder outreach. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.