2016-12-10 12:57:00

Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat plans golden jubilee

The Secretary General of the Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat Fr. Hagos Hayish, C.M., has said the occasion of the Golden Jubilee, next year, would be marked by bringing together all partners of the Ethiopian Church who have supported the Church throughout the years in spreading the Gospel and serving the people.

 “The Catholic Church’s contribution to the ongoing development efforts of the country has been tremendous for more than a century, and since the establishment of the Secretariat, we have been rendering these services in a more coordinated manner all over the country. Our Partners have travelled this journey with us all the way; we plan to mark our Golden Jubilee during the coordination meeting as we hope it will give us the opportunity to officially thank our partners and recognise their contribution,” said Fr. Hagos.

Ato Bekele Moges, the Executive Director of the Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat’s Social and Development Commission, said that the idea of organising an international conference came with the view of including all partners from all sectors of the Church in the discussion. He stated that it is usually Caritas partners that attend the coordination meetings, but this time all Catholic development organisations and Pontifical Institutions will be invited to join the conference. 

According to Moges, pastoral ministry is the centre of the Church’s life while Social Development services help in witnessing to the Gospel. 
Catholic Bishops and government officials will also be expected to attend the event. The Jubilee celebrations will take place between 26 March to 29 March 2017 in Addis Ababa.

(Makeda Yohannes, ECS Social Communications and PR Department in Addis Ababa)


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