Archbishop Anyolo reflected about those enrolled in Catholic Schools in Kenya and emphasized the need to deepen the faith of non-Catholic learners who decide to embrace Catholicism.
“As much as Catholic schools do not demand adherence to the Catholic faith, those who decide to cross over to the Catholic faith should be offered the means to deepen their faith,” he said.
In all circumstances, he added, “We must never compromise our ethos, our values, and our Catholic traditions. We must always remain faithful to our beliefs so that we may inform, form and transform.”
Based on the history of Catholic schools that is characterized “by welcoming learners from different cultural and religious backgrounds,” Archbishop Anyolo said that there is need for one to have knowledge on “how to dialogue with the existing diversities.”
“We are called upon to allow the various cultural expressions to coexist and to promote dialogue that fosters a peaceful schooling community,” he said, and added, “Mother Church is reminding us that Catholic schools are families, communities to thousands of children. Therefore, we are called to learn how to live and relate to others in the spirit of mutual respect.”
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The Archbishop who has been at the helm of Nairobi Archdiocese since November 2021 spoke further on the culture of care, saying that it is marked by patience, forgiveness, listening, constructive dialogue, and understanding.
He said that the culture that is needed to foster academic performance and character formation is one that promotes healthy relationships among stakeholders, including learners, teachers, parents and community members.
To achieve character formation in learners, there is a need for “a culture that protects children and vulnerable adults from all forms of abuse … and supports them to strive in their lives,” Archbishop Anyolo said in his remarks while presiding over the official opening of the seventh edition of CaSPA conference at CUEA July 4.
Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.