Help the Clergy Reach God’s People at Grassroots: South Sudanese Priest to Catechists

Catechists praying with refugee children in South Sudan. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need

Catechists in South Sudan’s Wau Diocese have been encouraged to help members of the Clergy reach out to the people of God at the grassroots. 

Fr. Arkangelo Louis Sigin who was speaking during the opening of a six-day training for Catechists in the South Sudanese Diocese said, “I want you catechists to collaborate with the Priests in their respective parishes to help them continue with the spirit of evangelization in the grassroots.”

“The suffering people in these areas need people to preach the word of God,” Fr. Sigin said during the Monday, September event that was held at the Pastoral, Liturgical, and Catechetical (PALICA) Center of Wau Diocese.

The member of the Clergy of the Catholic Diocese of Wau who serves as Parish Priest of St. Anthony Padua of the South Sudanese Diocese expressed his awareness of the challenges those at the grassroots face. 

“I know some of these places have a lot of suffering because of the conflict that had happened especially in 2013 and 2016 that made many people suffer,” Fr. Sigin said, and added, “Nobody could go to those places to help Christians by preaching to them and giving them courage.”


The South Sudanese Catholic Priest emphasized the need for Catechists to reach out to those in remote villages so they can feel part of the flock of Jesus Christ, and added, “We know very well that without Christian life there will be no good life for these people.”

Catechists, he further said, “should be pastoral agents wherever they are called to work with the people and should share the word of God with them.”

Turning his attention on the purpose of the six-day training, Fr. Sigin said that Catechists participating in the workshop would “master how they will reach the people they are serving in the Church, and to know how to stay with them together to do Church activities.”

Patrick Juma Wani is a South Sudanese journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. Patrick holds a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from Makerere Institute for Social Development (MISD) in Uganda. He has over 7 years of extensive experience in leading the development and implementation of media, advocacy, communication and multimedia strategy and operations, with an excellent track record of editorial leadership, budget management, and stakeholder outreach. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.