Planned Diocesan Synod in Cameroon’s Douala Archdiocese to Focus on “youth ministry”

Credit: Douala Archdiocese

The planned Diocesan Synod in Cameroon’s Douala Archdiocese is to examine issues relating to youth ministry in general and the challenges of young people in particular, the Local Ordinary, Archbishop Samuel Kleda, has said.

Addressing the people of God under his pastoral during Holy Mass on Saturday, September 17 organized to officially launch the new pastoral year of Douala Archdiocese, Archbishop Kleda said, “We have decided to convene a Diocesan Synod on youth ministry.”

“This Diocesan Synod will be on the theme: Young people come and see (John 1,39),” the Cameroonian Archbishop said during the event that took place at the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral of his Metropolitan See. 

He added, “For three years we will be looking at the problems of our young people. We know today that young people face many difficulties. First of all, to study normally, after studying to find a job.”

Archbishop Kleda highlighted challenges young people face in his Metropolitan See, saying, “Here in Douala, getting married and building a house becomes difficult.”


The Cameroonian Archbishop who has been at the helm of Douala Archdiocese since his installation in November 2009 said, “Young people are facing all these problems. It is our duty to accompany them.”

That is why, he continued, “we have chosen to be with them and to reveal to them the face of Jesus Christ.”

Archbishop Kleda said a committee is expected to be put in place to coordinate the activities of the Diocesan Synod, and added, “Once everything is in place our synodal journey will begin.”

The September 17 Eucharistic celebration was also an opportunity for the people of God in the Archdiocese of Douala to raise funds for the building of new Parishes.

Reacting to the fundraising initiative, the 63-year-old Catholic Archbishop who started his Episcopal Ministry in February 2001 as Bishop of Cameroon’s Batouri Diocese said, “I sincerely thank the faithful of the Archdiocese of Douala for their generous contributions towards the building of new parishes.”

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Archbishop Kleda added, “I urge you to continue in this spirit so that some of our brothers and sisters can have a place to worship God.”

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.