Nairobi, 19 September, 2021 / 7:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Commitment of women and men Religious to their families is slowly killing the spirit of evangelization in Kenya, members of the Commission for Clergy and Religious of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) have said.
In a workshop the Commission organized in collaboration with KCCB’s Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS Kenya), various groups of Priests and Religious Sisters highlighted other challenges of evangelization in the East African country, including retrogressive cultures, inadequate formation and catechesis as well as poor structures of Small Christian Communities (SCCs) where evangelization is supposed to happen at the basic level.
Presenting on behalf of her discussion group during the three-day workshop that is expected to end Saturday, September 18, Sr. Winfrida Akumu said that people in Religious Life are spending too much time with their families at the expense of their missions.
“We left our families when we chose Religious life. But these days, it is common to find Priests and Religious Sisters spending every weekend with their families and you wonder whether they have any time left to spend with the people of God in their respective missions,” Sr. Winfrida said.
She added, “We need to commit ourselves to our apostolates and what we vowed to do when we chose to leave our families behind.”