Inspired by the Catholic Social Teachings, the Archdiocese of Kisumu has a Commission for Justice and Peace. In fact, all social issues could as well be summarized as issues of justice and peace.
Through this commission, the Archdiocese is able to sensitize the members of the community concerning their role in addressing peace, development, governance, rights and responsibilities, just to mention a few.
Since the inception of this Commission by the Conference of Catholic Bishops in Kenya in 1989, the Archdiocese has not been left behind in creating awareness among its people on civil rights and responsibilities. The Archdiocese was a key player in the build-up to the current Constitution of Kenya. Through this Commission we have been able to support so many young people, helping them to get out of violence into peace makers. We are proud to mention BAFOPE (Baghdad For Peace), a project which saw many young people get profitable engagements for their future.
Convinced about the preferential option for the poor, the Archdiocese of Kisumu through this Commission continues to speak for the most vulnerable members of the society. Some of the key programs that this Commission deals with include: Programs of Governance and Democracy, Programs of Transformative Civic Education, Programs of Peace Building and Conflict Resolution, and Lenten Campaign.
With the devolution reality in Kenya, the Archdiocese of Kisumu continues to mobilize and sensitize the people to take part in oversight the work of their county governments, that is, Siaya County and Kisumu County.
In order to make this work effective, the Archdiocese of Kisumu has a Justice and Peace Volunteer in each Small Christian Community. At the parish level and in the subsequent levels of Deanery and Diocesan levels, we have 5 (five) key leaders who manage the affairs of Justice and Peace in their jurisdictions:
- Vice Chairperson
- Organizing Secretary
At the diocesan level, we have a Priest who is the Coordinator of all Justice and Peace programs (currently Rev. Fr. Samuel Nyattaya –photo will be provided). Due to the vastness of the Archdiocese, the Coordinator is assisted by a Priest in charge of Siaya County (currently Fr. Norbert Migoye – photo will be provided) and another one in charge of Kisumu County (currently Fr. Shadrack Malo – photo will be provided). We also have a team of 5 (five) Lay Leaders of CJPC at the Diocesan level(photos will be provided).
The work we do under this Commission is a collaborative work in which we do a number of activities with other religious leaders of the region as well as with other Civil Society Organizations – photos will be provided. We also have a structure that brings us together at the Metropolitan level (Nyanza and Western parts of Kenya including some parts of North Rift), and at the National level.
Every year we take advantage of the mood of Lent to carry out specific campaigns. These campaigns are called LENTEN CAMPAIGN. Themes are chosen by all the Diocesan Coordinators and National Officials together with the Bishop-Chair. Annually we have a National Launching of the Lenten Campaign in which all the Catholic Bishops attend and they invite other religious leaders, CSOs, the government leaders, as well as the political leaders to attend and be part of the campaigns. Our Archdiocese is proud to have managed to organize and host the Launching of Lenten Campaign of 2018 photos will be provided. Apart from the National Launching of Lenten Campaign, our Archdiocese usually organizes its own Diocesan Launch of Lenten Campaign photos will be provided. During such occasions, we call all our Parishes, Diocesan institutions, Primary and Secondary schools as well as all other tertiary level institutions and we begin with the celebration of the Eucharist.
The quest for justice for the victims of Victims of Post-Election Violence is still on. With the help of our Partners, the Archdiocese of Kisumu will be able to have justice served to the victims!