As a Policy, and in line with the Vatican II Council, especially Apostolicam Actuositatem –Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity 1965, the Archdiocese of Kisumu recognizes that ‘In the Church there is a diversity of ministry but a oneness of mission. Christ conferred on the Apostles and their successors the duty of teaching, sanctifying, and ruling in His name and power. But the laity likewise share in the priestly, prophetic, and royal office of Christ and therefore have their own share in the mission of the whole people of God in the Church and in the world.
They exercise the apostolate in fact by their activity directed to the evangelization and sanctification of men and to the penetrating and perfecting of the temporal order through the spirit of the Gospel. In this way, their temporal activity openly bears witness to Christ and promotes the salvation of men. Since the laity, in accordance with their state of life, live in the midst of the world and its concerns, they are called by God to exercise their apostolate in the world like leaven, with the ardor of the spirit of Christ.
We elect our Lay Leaders based on the Guidelines provided by the Archdiocese through this Department. Our Lay Leaders are elected on a cycle of 3 (three years) renewable once. These elections start from the Small Christian Communities (SCC), to the Sub-Parish, to the Parish, to the Deanery, up to the Diocesan levels. Ordinarily, the following positions of servant leadership are elected at each level:
- Vice Chairperson
- Vice Secretary
- Catholic Men’s Association (CMA)
- Catholic Women’s Association (CWA)
- Catholic Youth Representative
- PMC Animator
- Catholic Justice & Peace Coordinator
- Caritas Coordinator
At the Parish level, these Lay Leaders, together with the Parish Priest, form what is call Parish Pastoral Council. This Council usually meets monthly. The Canon Law of the entire Catholic Church (Roman Rite) states in Canon 536 par. 1 and 2 that: If the diocesan bishop judges it opportune after he has heard the Presbyteral council, a pastoral council is to be established in each parish, over which the pastor presides and in which the Christian faithful, together with those who share in pastoral care by virtue of their office in the parish, assist in fostering pastoral activity. A pastoral council possesses a consultative vote only and is governed by the norms established by the diocesan bishop.
In our case, the Archbishop has decreed that each of our Parishes is to have a Parish Pastoral Council whose operations are to be guided by Canons 515-552.
At the Deanery, our Archdiocese has Lay Council, meeting regularly with the approval and/or convocation by the Dean. They are to ensure the smooth running of the lay cooperation in the pastoral care provided in the member parishes and respective Deanery.
At the Diocesan Level, the Lay Council meets regularly, chaired by the Pastoral Coordinator himself or by his delegate. All these efforts are meant to ensure that the laity are not left out in the planning and execution of the Diocesan activities. It is to ensure that every lay person does ALL BUT ONLY those that appertain to them as laity. The following are the THREE Executive Lay Leaders of the Archdiocese.
The Deans and their Deaneries
Archdiocese of Kisumu is divided into 4 Deaneries, namely: Kisumu, Siaya, Bondo, and Nyando. One of the Priests from one of the Parishes within that jurisdiction is appointed A DEAN
The Ongoing Formation of the Priest
We have priests both Diocesan and Missionary. For the sake of common practice of pastoral work in our parishes, the Pastoral Department liaises with the HR Dep…
We recognize that ‘In the Church there is a diversity of ministry but a oneness of mission. Christ conferred on the Apostles and their successors the duty of teaching, sanctifying, and ruling in His name and power.
Pastoral Care of Catholic Men
We recognize the increasing new phenomenon of neglect of the boy-child. This is seen throughout the spectrum, including even the absence of men in productive…
Pastoral Care of Catholic Women
Women still face untold challenges in the human society, which is still under male dominance and discrimination in many areas.
Pastoral Care of Catholic Youth
Archdiocese of Kisumu has a huge population of the young people, especially those of between the age of 14 up to 35..
Pastoral Care of Catholic Children
In obedience to the Lord, the Archdiocese of Kisumu recognizes the role that children have in the evangelization of the world.
Our Parishes that are flourishing today would not have been built up without them. The Archdiocese of Kisumu recognizes the role that our Catechists of today continue to play in the evangelization of its people.
Alongside the various groups for the pastoral care of men, women, youth and children, the Archdiocese of Kisumu also has very strong Devotions! The following are the key devotions that we have: