“Doing a great job”: Catholic Priest on Catechists’ Service in South Sudanese Diocese

Fr. John Medeni. Credit: CDTY

Catechists serving in South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio (CDTY) are “doing a great job”, a member of the Clergy of the Diocese has said.

In an interview with ACI Africa, Fr. John Medeni underscored the need for Catechists who had taken part in the Diocesan one-month training to continue being aware of the “vital role” they play in the evangelization service in CDTY.

The Catechists are doing a great job in our Diocese; that’s why we are calling on them to spearhead evangelization at all levels of the Diocese,” Fr. Medeni said during the March 28 interview. 

Catechists play a “vital role in fostering evangelization and addressing challenges communities face” in CDTY, the member of the Clergy of South Sudanese Catholic Diocese who serves as Pastoral Coordinator said.

He added, “There are people who received Sacraments or grew up in faithful homes who have now stopped coming to Church or stopped participating in pastoral activities.”


“Our trained Catechists should help the Church solve these problems at their level through pastoral services,” he said, adding that people at the grassroots “face many challenges”.

The knowledge that the Catechists who have participated in the Diocesan training is meant to help them “reach out with hope and courage to the people.”

The South Sudanese Catholic Priest further said, “This training will help the pastoral agents to reach those people who have been affected by violence to recover from what they have gone through.”

In the March 28 interview with ACI Africa, Fr. Medeni further said, “Catechists’ empowerment is one of the activities the Diocese is focusing on because they are the ones closer to the people of God at the local level.”

“We will continue with the empowerment of the pastoral agents so that they move on to proclaim the word of God to the local communities,” he emphasized.

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The pastoral agents who are beneficiaries of the formation program “should make proper use of the training because this is the only way to guide them while doing pastoral work in their respective Parishes and Chapels,” Fr. Medeni told ACI Africa March 28.

He called upon the people of God in the CDTY to be part of the service of evangelization, and “to work with the Catechists to help to continue evangelizing the people.”

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.