In a separate interview with ACI Africa days after her appointment was made public, Sr. Ndilu identified limited media infrastructure attributed to financial limitations as a major factor hindering effective engaging of digital media in the process of evangelization in Africa.
“The continent has great potential in evangelization through broadcast media but lacks the real equipment, the real machines, the real instruments for the real job,” she said during the Thursday, October 6 interview.
She expressed optimism that her appointment to the Dicastery for Communication can help bring this gap of limited media infrastructure to a wider context.
Sr. Ndilu said in reference to the challenge of limited media infrastructure in African countries, “I hope one day this will be a thing of the past. Who knows, my appointment could be a blessing to some of these struggling media houses!”
The member of the Congregation of Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary who has been serving as National Executive Secretary of KCCB’s Commission for Social Communications since February 2020 described her appointment as “God’s doing”. She said that the Church “is now considering women to take up some positions that were originally held by men.”
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“I believe we are able and capable of carrying out great responsibilities entrusted to us. Catholic Nuns in Africa carry out humble tasks in a mighty way and mighty tasks in a humble way,” the Kenyan Catholic Nun said.
She added, “Mine is a mighty task, given to a small Nun and I hope in one way or the other, I can be of benefit to one or two people.”
“It is by God’s grace that the Holy Father considered me as worthy to be among very qualified members of the Holy Mother Church,” Sr. Ndilu who, in July this year, was appointed a board member of the African region of the World Catholic Association for Communication, SIGNIS Africa, told ACI Africa during the October 6 interview.
She recalled the circumstances under which she received the news of her appointment that came through congratulatory messages from her colleagues, saying, “I could not believe what I was seeing; I thought I was dreaming; I could only say, thank you Jesus; this must be you.”
“My appointment is also an honor to the Church in Africa, especially in the area of communication,” Sr. Ndilu said, adding that what her specific role entails will be discussed in their first meeting scheduled for November this year.
The appointment of Fr. Kaufa and Sr. Ndilu brings the total number of Consulters of the Dicastery for Communication to 22.
Among the 22 Consulters is the President of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communication (CEPACS), Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo in Nigeria. His appointment was made public on 3 December 2021 by the Holy See Press Office.
The Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN Global Catholic Network, Michael P. Warsaw, is also among the 22 Consulters of the Dicastery for Communication.
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.