Inter-congregational JPIC Training Session for Anglophone East Africa
held at St. Augustine’s Centre, Kampala,
from 2nd-16th August 2009



We, 33 men and women religious from eighteen (18) Congregations working in five (5) African countries converged at St. Augustine’s Centre for a most inspiring training session on Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC).  This training session was initiated by the Major Superiors based in Rome and Fr. Philip Massawe,CSSp, and Fr. Jim Greene, MAfr, travelled to Kampala to conduct this session in conjunction with the JPIIJPC Centre in Kampala. The two facilitators were Fr. John Patrick Ngoyi Kasonga, CICM. and Sr. Evelyn Namakula, Cannosian Daughters of Charity.

Participants at workFor the second week we had guest speakers, consultants in their own specialities.  The topics they covered were:  Conflict Resolution, Gender/Cultural Issues and the Legal System, Dialogue and Encounter with other Religious Traditions. Fr. Lazaro Bustine, MAfr, enlightened us on the work of John Paul II JPC Centre in Kampala, Uganda. Fr. Philip Massawe presented VIVAT International as an organized network at the UN of some religious congregations and Fr. Jim Greene presented Africa Europe Faith and Justice Network AEFJN.  The importance of networking, lobbying and advocacy were emphasised.  All through, the faith perspective was in the forefront with the realization that because we are rooted in God we are impelled to take action for Justice - Faith Doing Justice!

ImageThe process used was participatory with story telling, input followed by group work and then sharing in plenary sessions.  The issues that surfaced from our story telling – Gender discrimination, corruption as it rears its head in its many forms and in many places, environmental degradation, etc.- were developed fully through a process of social analysis and Theological reflection following the Pastoral Cycle methodology.  This led us into our country groups to work on our plan of action, articulating our vision, mission and steps for the way forward.  This was a stimulating experience and showed us the necessity of networking with each other as resource persons, with other national and diocesan JPIC, other organizations and institutions, both Church and NGO’s.



All the participants benefited much from this JPIC training which was really a retreat in fact.  We are grateful to our Major Superiors who recommended and supported us and therefore we recommend that:

  • We receive your continues support especially in our plans to network as we effect our plans of action;
  • That other religious (male and female) be released and supported to undertake this training 
    (capacity building) so that together we can have a better impact on our society;

ImageFinally we want to thank the Major Superiors in Rome for initiating this training for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation.  We are grateful to Frs. Philip Massawe and Jim Greene for their tireless patience and commitment as they steered us through the two weeks.  And finally our gratitude to Fr. John Patrick and Sr. Evelyn for their expertise which they shared and the skills they imparted to us with so much commitment, focus, enthusiasm and good humour.  The four certainly inspired us to remember what Oscar Romero prayed:

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.  This enables us to do something, and do it very well.  It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We are workers, not master builders, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not of our own.  Amen

Do what Luke 4 says:
He sent me to bring the good news to the poor, to bring liberation, peace and shalom as we work towards the coming of the Kingdom of God."

Sr. Lydia speaks with Lady Justice Mary Maitun
Sr. Lydia D'Sa speaks with Lady Justice Mary Maitun,
(a past pupil of our school at Namagunga)
who spoke on Gender Issues and the Legal System