2nd Pan-African Congress of Catholic Laity

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The Pontifical Council for the Laity is organizing a second Pan-African Congress of Catholic Laity. It will be held in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 4 to 9 September 2012. The theme of the congress is “Being witnesses of Jesus Christ In Africa today”.

We are happy to announce that Mr. Ernest Kasongo, our Regional Responsible for Africa, will be joining about three hundred delegates from bishops’ conferences and associations and movements from all over Africa. It is a special honour and responsibility for our Marianist Lay Communities to be represented at this important meeting.


“The Church as God’s Family” is the ecclesial context in which the congress will take place. The co-responsibility of the lay faithful in building up communion will be an important point for discussion. This will include the subject of the new ecclesial movements and communities that are present on the continent.

We received news this week that Ernest will have an opportunity to present a brief report during a panel discussion on new ecclesial movements and communities. We encourage all our Marianist lay women and men in Africa to collaborate with Ernest, so we may give a truly representative voice from all our countries and experiences.

We were blessed to gather in Nairobi for our 5th International Meeting. We experienced the deep and joyous faith of our sisters and brothers in Africa, and their zeal for works of justice and peace. We know of their commitment to strong formation for lay women and men, so the gospel can be shared by all. And we have a deeper understanding of the many challenges that are present. The Pan-African Congress is an opportunity to gather with the Church, to listen and learn from past and present experiences, and to vision together for the role of lay women and men in the Church of Africa.

We encourage you to visit the web-site of the Pontifical Council for the Laity for more information, and join us in prayer for a blessed and fruitful congress.

Click here for a copy of the Announcement letter in English, Francais and Espanol.