Small Christian Communities (SCCs)

Bishop John Patrick Dolan of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix in the United States. Credit: ACI Africa

Family Life, “bonding together” Behind Rapid Spread of Christianity in Africa: U.S. Bishop

Aug 26, 2023

The spread of Christianity in Africa has been fast owing to its people’s inherent structures of community life as well as the “bonding together” of community members, an American Catholic Bishop has said.

Bishop John Patrick Dolan of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix in the United States celebrates Mass at St Mary's Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of Nairobi Kenya. Bishop Dolan serves on the subcommittee on Africa of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and was on a 12-day tour of projects supported by the US Bishops in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda  Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Bishops in U.S. Focused on Strengthening African Families through Solidarity Fund

Aug 22, 2023

One of the areas that benefit significantly from the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa, an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), are programs focused on fostering unity in families and in Small Christian Communities (SCCs).

Bishop John Patrick Dolan of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix joins a dance by members of Pontifical Missionary Childhood at St Mary's Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of Nairobi. Credit: ACI Africa

U.S. Catholic Bishop Lauds African Regional Bishops’ Association as “very unique program”

Aug 22, 2023

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix in the U.S. has lauded the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA), describing it as a “very unique program” that is steering  growth in various Dioceses in the African region.

A meeting of Small Christian Communities (SCCs) in the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) region. Credit: Meru Diocese

Malawi Bishops Call for “reflective moments” ahead of Small Christian Communities Jubilee

Jul 6, 2023

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) are calling for “reflective moments” during the yearlong Golden Jubilee celebrations of the model of being church through Small Christian Communities (SCCs) in the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) region.

Screengrab of Sr. Millicent Omondi during the 'Around the Table show' on Capuchin TV in prelude to the Sunday of the Word of God. Credit: Sr. Olga Massango

Align Small Christian Community Programs to the Word of God: Catholic Nun in Kenya

Jan 20, 2022

Programs of Small Christian Communities (SCC) and other Bible study groups in the Church can be amended to give more focus on the word of God, a member of the Pious Society of the Daughters of St. Paul (FSP) in Kenya has said.

Kenyan Catholic Parish in Mourning after Wedding-bound Seminary Bus Plunges into River

Dec 6, 2021

Good Shepherd Mwingi Parish of Kenya’s Kitui Diocese is mourning after a bus in which choir members and others were traveling plunged into River Enziu in Kitui County, claiming at least 30 lives.

Displaced people at Mukuru kwa Njenga, slum served by St. Mary's Catholic Church in Kenya's Archdiocese of Nairobi. Credit: Fr. John Munjuri

Kenyan Parish Counting Losses as Eight Small Christian Communities Vanish in Demolitions

Nov 25, 2021

The October 11 government demolitions at Nairobi’s Mukuru kwa Njenga slum, which is served by St. Mary’s Mukuru Parish of the Archdiocese of Nairobi (ADN) found Grace (not her real name) singing at a spiritual recollection that the Catholic Parish was conducting.

Fr. Rafael Simbine Junior. Credit: SECAM

Small Christian Communities “true experience of synodality” for Church in Africa: Priest

Aug 25, 2021

The way of being church through membership in Small Christian Communities (SCCs) in Africa portrays a true experience of communion and collaboration, a Catholic Priest has said.

Logo of Benin's Archdiocese of Cotonou/ Credit: Archdiocese of Cotonou

Manual to Guide Small Christian Communities in Benin’s Cotonou Archdiocese Released

May 29, 2021

The leadership of the Archdiocese of Cotonou in Benin has released a manual to guide the activities of Small Christian Communities (SCCs) in its episcopal see.

Caption: Bishop John Yaw Afoakwah, Chairman of Ghana’s Catechetical Commission and Local Ordinary of Obuasi Diocese addressing participants at the National Catechetical Commission meeting at the St. Kizito Catechetical centre at Apowa, Takoradi on October 27, 2020. / Credit: Secondi-Takoradi DEPSOCOM

Catechesis “should necessarily effect visible change, transformation”: Bishop in Ghana

Oct 29, 2020

The need for Catholics in Ghana to take “seriously” their faith formation was a key highlight of the start of the National Catechetical Commission Meeting at which the Bishop who gave his opening remarks advocated for a catechesis that transforms lives.

Archbishop Robert Ndlovu of Harare, Zimbabwe / Vatican News

Zimbabwe’s Harare Archdiocese Rolls Out Pastoral Plan on Small Christian Communities

Feb 11, 2020

 The Catholic Archdiocese of Harare in the Southern Africa nation of Zimbabwe has rolled out a Pastoral Plan aimed at guiding the formation and operations of the new way of being Church in Africa, the Small Christian Communities (SCCs).

Banner to mark the Year of the Word of God in the Catholic Diocese of Muranga. On the left, an enthroned Word of God. / ACI Africa

Kenya’s Murang’a Diocese Launches Yearlong Celebration of “the Word of God”

Jan 27, 2020

Inspired by the celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God, which Pope Francis established through his September 30, 2019 Apostolic Letter “Aperuit illis” to be marked by Catholics across the globe on January 26, Kenya’s Diocese of Murang’a launched a yearlong celebration of the same event Saturday, January 25.