"Christ Our Lord: Let Him Be Praised With Faith, Hope And Love"
For the effective and efficacious way of carrying out of its services and mission, the diocese of Kigoma has developed an organization structure that defines relationships and assignment of roles. In the diocese of Kigoma the Services to the people of God are carried out under departments, commissions and programmes. In any case, the diocese has always offered its services through 9 diocesan departments namely the Pastoral department, Finance, Caritas, Catechetical, Communications, Education, Health, Liturgy, Lay Apostolate, Vocations department, 1 programme of the Pastoral Refugee Services and the Commission of Justice and Peace. Since Diocese’s purpose is both to evangelise and promote integral human development, this in itself creates two arms or offices of pastoral and development nature that are hierarchically coordinated by diocesan pastoral council. While pastoral office deals with spiritual and pastoral services, the development office is concerned with promotion of socio economic services.
1. PASTORAL OFFICE
The main function of the office is to promote evangelization and catechesis through coordinating and guiding all diocesan levels of pastoral activities. The office is also responsible for spiritual formation and nurturing vocations.
1.1 Pastoral Department.
The Pastoral Department, under the direction of the Bishop and assisted by the pastoral coordinator, has a special role to play in safeguarding the mission of the diocese, and ought to advocate the pastoral solicitude and love in whatever is done in the diocese. This department exists to support, facilitate, coordinate and develop ways of strengthening and revitalizing the pastoral service for the People of God in the diocese and encourages action on behalf of mission. It furthermore assists parish communities in developing a shared vision with an extensive network programs and advocacy. It encourages all approved diocesan approaches and programs by means of formation and training. Moreover, it has the duty to see to it that all the established socio-economic departments and related institutions are moved, in their operations, by the spiritual and pastoral solicitude and love. It is worth noting that the pastoral department works very closely with some departments, offices, commissions and programmes/units that are more pastoral oriented such as the catechetical department, lay apostolate department, liturgical department, Vocations department, Communications department, and social refugee services program, and the youth office
The main function of this department is to coordinate all catechetical activities in the diocese. This involves religious instructions at all levels of the diocese in order to deepen understanding about the Gospel, promotion of faith and spiritual formation. The department runs 2 catechetical centres of Kasulu and Kabanga.
1.3 Lay Apostolate
The Lay apostolate department in the Catholic Diocese of Kigoma advocates ways for members of each diocesan community to seek “the Kingdom of God ” by engaging in spiritual as well as temporal affairs. This ministry has to ensure that the role of the laity is understood and provides an opportunity for laity to have an input on issues that are pertinent to Church and society. This department coordinates ecclesial movements like Catholic Women Association (WAWATA), Catholic Youth Organisation (VIWAWA), Catholic Students (TYCS), Holy Childhood, pious movements, solidarities, family apostolate and other lay associations. In a nutshell, The department emphasises on the role of the laity in evangelization. Its main function is to promote active participation of the laity in the church through and by enhancing Small Christian Communities, Pontifical Missionary societies (PMS), Holy childhood, youth office, Christian movements, lay associations and family apostolate.
1.4 Liturgical Department
This another department that is pastoral oriented whose main service is to coordinate all liturgical ceremonies. The department is likewise concerned with organizing trainings and seminars on liturgy and liturgical changes which require specific instructions. The department links the Diocese of Kigoma with the National Secretariat’s liturgical department as well as Vatican. Hence the department is concerned with implementing within the diocese those resolutions and directives from both national level and international level. The Department’s head makes sure that he oversees the functioning of the liturgical committees at the parish level as he does too for the diocesan level.
1.5 Vocations Department
This department is under Pastoral Office. The main function is to promote and foster vocations to priesthood, sisterhood and brotherhood. This involves preparations for different vocations and nurturing vacations through ongoing formation of priests and religious.
1.6 Communications departmentThe main function of the department is to emancipate mankind through information dissemination and sharing. The department provides enabling environment to facilitate an improved communication and information sharing mechanisms within the diocese, collaborators and partners. The programme makes every effort at increasing access to information, abridge and diversifying means of communication. It is responsible for devising and developing an effective information management system for easy monitoring all programs in the diocese. In Kigoma diocese, the department is meant to obtain and diserminate news papers, overseeing the preparation and determination of Ibuhana Diocesan bulletin, and updating constantly the diocesan website.
VisionOur vision is the church as a family of God, committed to holistic evangelization and integral development.
MissionThe department works to redeem the total person by promoting bodily and spiritually development through good communication. We welcome the public in the church as she strives to redeem man from the bondage of sin and other human miseries such as poverty, illiteracy, diseases and various forms of injustices.
ObjectivesBased on the vision, we venture to aim:
Diocese of KigomaFr. Sabas Banshirahe
P.O. Box 71
Tel: +255 (0)28 280 3129
Mobile: +255 (0)713 494920
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1.7 Pastoral and social refugee services program (itinerant people)
The main function of this programme is to offer pastoral care and social services to the refugees and itinerants. In fulfilling these functions the programme undertakes the following functions such as catechetical instructions, administration of sacraments, pastoral counselling, peace and reconciliation, rehabilitation, social services
2. DEVELOPMENT OFFICEThis is an integral diocesan arm instituted to complement evangelisation programme. The office is charged with the role of studying socio economic realities and development challenges facing the communities in view of improving their welfare. The diocese runs several socio economic interventions under the following departments and commissions.
2.1 Kigoma Diocesan Development Office (KIDDEVO)The development office has been established in the Diocese of Kigoma. KIDDEVO is intended to coordinate and monitor all development oriented department and programmes in Kigoma diocese. KIDDEVO is meant to coordinate, supervise and support all socio economic endeavours from their initial stage to fruition. The office is charged with the duty of assisting other diocesan department institutions in planning and reviewing project proposals. The development director who recommends all project proposal to the Bishop, is meant to represents the development oriented department in the pastoral council. By development oriented here we mean Administration & Finance department, Caritas Department, Education Department, Health Department and Justice & Peace Commission
2.2 Administration and Finance Department
This department provides economic services. The finance department is a custodian of all the finances and assets of the diocese. The office ensures accountability and transparency in the utilization of resources available in the diocese. Finance department through financial committee is charged with the duty to see to it that financial and material resources necessary for evangelization are at the diocese’s disposal. It is from this juncture the department runs some income generating projects which are service oriented. These include Nzimano Hostel, community centre, Amani Beach, Peace and reconciliation centre, Nzimano soap factory etc. under this department one finds too some centres which offer services to the religious and society. These include Kigoma Catholic Training Centre(KCTC), Spiritual and Pastoral Centre (SPC), Caritas Building Unit (CBU) and Kasulu Technical School (KTS) General activities of the Finance department
2.3 Caritas Kigoma
Caritas Kigoma is one of the 9 departments under development office. Her main function is to offer humanitarian and social services to the most vulnerable through empowerment. In fulfilling these functions Caritas undertakes the following functions through programmes or projects namely, Food security, HIV/AIDS control, Orphanage Sanganigwa “A” & “B”, Water project, Women in Development/Gender and Development (WID /GAD) projects.
2.4 Education department
Education department seeks to improve access and participation of all eligible students to education opportunities and coordinating all educational activities in the diocese. The department provides educational services through mainly through Pre-primary Schools, Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Vocation Training Schools and Colleges. There are almost 17 institutions under the care of this department without counting nursery schools. To sum up, the Diocese has several nursery schools, 2 primary schools, 8 Secondary Schools, 4 Vocational Training Schools and 2 College.
2.5 Health Department
Heath Department provide health services. The department offers this service by coordinating all health activities in the diocese focusing on health promotion, disease prevention and cure. The department coordinates the health institutions such as 5 dispensaries, 3 health centres, 1 hospital and Kabanga Nursing Institute and conducts outreach health services.
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2.6 Justice and Peace Commission
The formation of this commission is a response of the diocese towards social problems that impinge human rights within and outside the diocesan boarders. The commission seeks to fight all forms of injustices through creation of awareness, lobbying and advocacy as well as establishing systems and structures for controlling injustices and thereby maintain peace, justice and reconciliation.
HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS AND ASSISTANTS