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Amakuriat


Mother of Peace, Catholic Mission Vision and Mission 1. Vision


The Comboni missionaries in Amakuriat are a group of consecrated missionaries who have been sent by their institutes to show the concern of Jesus the Pierced Good Shepherd to the pastoralist people of this area, so that they may come to be members of Jesus’ fold.
The Comboni missionaries present in Amakuriat form an “an apostolic community”, inspired by the ways St. Daniel Comboni carried out the mission of evangelization of Africa. They are sisters, brothers, priests and lay missionaries.



Prayer life

As consecrated people the Comboni Missionaries in Amakuriat keep a deep relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ through personal, communitarian and congregational prayer.
Daily prayers:

  • Daily Eucharist at 5:30 pm, and Evening Prayers at 6:15 pm, after mass. We shall try to pray without hurry and with creativity. And to remain in prayer till supper time.
  • Monday mass is reserved for the apostolic community alone.
    Weekly adoration:
  • It is done on Sunday evenings. We opt for kind of solemn adoration with evening prayers and benediction, trying to be participatory and attractive to the local Catholics.
    Monthly recollection day:
  • It is done on Saturday of the third week of each month. All the members of the communities can lead the reflection and share in the Eucharistic homily.


2.
Mission

To bring forth the Good News of Salvation in Jesus Christ to the people within the boundaries of our parish so that they may improve their living conditions, may live in Christian communities and obtain capacities to run better their future.
We are aware that this mission is not ours, but rather has been entrusted to us by our Lord Jesus, who cares for “the sheep” who are not yet part of his fold because they do not know him. We know that without him we can not fulfil this mission. Therefore, we keep personal relations with the source of our strength and the one who is our guide through prayer, personal and communitarian.
The constant changes of today’s world, the evolution of the culture of the Pokot people of the area, and the frequent changes of the mission personnel demand on us to cultivate an attitude of “on going formation” so as to be up to the challenges that our ministry demands today.
Our ministry is characterized by first evangelization, human promotion, and the care of the young catholic communities of the parish.
 

2.1 Fields of work

To accomplish this mission we are involved in the following fields:
2.1.1 Evangelization:

  • Pastoral Team
  • Catechumens / catechumenate
  • Catechists
  • Out-stations: their organization
  • Family life
  • Small Christian Communities
  • PPI for Catholic students
  • Parish and Outstations councils
  • Youth: Out of the School Youth / School Youth
  • Religious/ moral support for Catholic professionals (teachers, nurses, administration officials, technicians, etc.)
  • Sunday Services
  • Integration with the Local Church
  • Justice and peace


Who does it


Evangelization is done mostly by the ministry of the priests, catechists, brothers and sisters.


The priests


  • Bring the Gospel to those who never heard of it. And share with the people God’s grace which is granted to us through the Sacraments.
  • The mission needs to apply a catechumenate with contents, not just with “questions and answers”; to follow better the SCC; to encourage our catholic professionals; and to keep on working hand in hand with all the pastoral agents.
  • Their presence among the people is very needed. In their visits they see the sick, leaders, teachers, catechumens, elders. They remain with them in the outstations for days.


Catechists
 

  • Much of our ministry is done with and through the catechists. Some of them have been trained in Mitume. To be a catechist is not a permanent job, but a service to the Church, so many leave the ministry after some years, either because they find a job, they marry more than one wife, they drink too much, or they get tired.
  • With the changes of catechists, it has been hard to create continuity. And the priests have been starting all the time training new ones with patience.
  • Catechists are needed because of the lack of knowledge of the hard local language, and in order to be present among the people.


Sisters in pastoral
 

  • The sisters are members of the pastoral team. They teach PPI in some schools, catechists and catechumens. They follow the Catholic Women Association and the Catholic Teachers Association of the parish.

Catechists
Priority:
To help them to be committed apostles teaching our faith out of their own experience of the encounter with Jesus in prayer.


Catechumate


Priority:
To Start putting into practice a system of catechumenate more experiential, and common to all the groups of catechumens, which can be followed by the catechists at the same speed.


Outstations


Priority:
To empower the local Christians to be responsible for the running of their outstation.
Bible translations
Priority:
To reprint, after doing the due corrections, the Lectionary in Pokot Language.
To translate the “Deuterocanonical books of the Bible” into Pokot and see that the Bible is printed once and for all.


Small Christians Comminities

Priority
Foster the gathering of our Christians in small Christian communities of neighbours.


Young Catholics

Priority:
To help them to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their Catholic faith and practice. And to spread it among their friends.
2.1.2 Human promotion:
Through Education:
Follow up: of pupils, boardings, buildings, teachers, school committees, finances, adult education
Through good Health: Dispensary, Mobile clinic, Mother and child clinic, finances, employees, etc.
Through the women: Maendeleo ya wanawake, Catholic Women Association.
Through men: Catholic Man Association
Through finances: Providing assistance for the running of the parish in its evangelizing efforts and in its human promotion projects, follow up of workshop and employees.
Charity to the Poor, Famine Relief


Who does it

Human promotion is done mostly by the ministry of the brothers and sisters.
Sister for the promotion of women

  • She helps them to organize some self-managed projects; to teach some of them tailoring; to organize courses for the women with the assistance of other sisters or departments from the diocese. “Maendeleo ya Wanawake” was very helpful in creating a forum where women could meet and tackle some of their probles.

Sister in the Health ministry

  • She is working for the good of the people so that they may live well, and live to the full (Jn 10:10). The Clinic has to do curative and preventive medicine both in the centre and in the outstations. Plus fostering community health care.

Brother for human promotion

  • In his ministry he tries to empower people to be honest and committed leaders caring for the goodness of their people.
  • He follows the catholic sponsored schools within the parish. This implies attending SMC and BOG meetings; keep contact with teachers and head teachers; follow patrons, matrons, untrained teachers and cooks who are paid thanks to sponsorships from abroad. He follows other projects run by the mission: e.g. boardings, maintenance of boreholes, etc.


Sponsorship and bursaries

Priority:
To discover the students who are truly in need in the Secondary Schools.


Health department

Priority:
To improve the quality of the health care available to the people at an affordable price. And to help them in the prevention of sickness, since a good number occur out of lack of knowledge from the people; yet, they are very willing to learn.


Education

Priority:
To improve the relations of the mission with the Head Teachers in the parish.


Catholic professionals

Priority:
To help them know and live the meaning of being honest professionals as committed catholics to the service of others in this environment.


Human promotion and development projects

Priority:
To contribute on the improvement of the future of the people through the education of children and youth and access to save water.