Nairobi, 11 January, 2020 / 2:45 am (ACI Africa).
A section of clergy, religious men and women, and the laity who have been taking part in the just concluded four-day workshop in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, aimed at creating awareness about effective and professional ways of managing parishes have expressed their enthusiasm regarding the initiative, promising to roll out programs in parishes in their respective dioceses based on knowledge and skills acquired during the training.
“From what I have learnt, I am going to create straight away steering committees (and) finance council to help me in evangelization and faith formation of the Christians,” Fr. Kevin Ochong Owino from Kenya’s Kisumu Archdiocese who participated in the workshop told ACI Africa Friday, January 10.
Fr. Owino disclosed his priorities as he returns to his Parish in Western Kenya saying, “Very importantly, I am going to practice servant leadership principle thus promoting stewardship, (and) improve my relationship with parish employees and staff.”
Ordained a couple of years ago, the Kenyan cleric described the training as “ongoing formation” and that he found “all the themes of the workshop/seminar very interesting” as they were aimed at improving “clergy's relationship with his parishioners” that “can help move the parish forward.”
Convened under the theme, “Pastoral leadership and pastoral management,” the workshop had the purpose of equipping participants with knowledge and skills to manage parishes effectively and professionally.