Nairobi, 24 September, 2020 / 7:20 pm (ACI Africa).
COVID-19 restrictions put the people of God in unfamiliar situations that limited their interactions, a Kenyan Bishop noted at the start of a virtual workshop bringing together mainly members of the Clergy and Religious involved in pastoral animation in Kenya whom the Bishop encouraged to come to terms with the new reality and embrace technology, seeking new ways to “be connected” with others.
“At some point, we all felt hopeless like the flock in the face of a calamity,” Bishop David Kamau said Thursday, September 24 referencing the restrictions due to COVID-19.
“We all have experienced how coronavirus has provided us opportunities and challenges in equal measure. We have found ourselves stretched and challenged to think differently and even somehow disillusioned by recent happenings,” Bishop Kamau said.
Addressing himself to participants in the ongoing workshop that has brought together liaison committee members of the Commission for Clergy and Religious and Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) Directors in Kenya, the Bishop further said, “We have been pushed to embrace technology and discover new ways that can help us be connected with the people of God.”
“Technology has indeed changed the way we function and we the Church have not been left behind,” Bishop Kamau who Chairs the Commission for Clergy and Religious of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) said at the start of the three-day virtual workshop bringing together dozens of pastoral agents from 25 Kenyan Dioceses under the theme, “Communication for Collaboration.”