Catholic Journalists gear up to strengthen association
BY Prince Henderson-ECM Communications Officer
The Social Communications and Research Commission of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) has met executive members of the Association of Catholic Journalists (ACJ) in Blantyre with an aim of strengthening the association which has been dormant for some time.
ECM team, comprising the national communication secretary, Fr. Godino Phokoso, Communications Officer, Prince Henderson and Audio-Visual Officer, William Mponda travelled from the Capital, Lilongwe to Blantyre on a mission to understand how the association has been operating in the past years.
Fr. Phokoso, the team leader from ECM side said he is new in the office as the nation secretary thereby wanted to interact and learn from the executive members on what have been their roles to the Church and the country as a whole.
“ACJ one of the Church groups which was dully endorsed by the Bishops. This is a well-recognized group and Bishops would like to see it ticking and at the same time contribute positively to the Church” said Fr. Phokoso.
Mphokoso said it is sad to note that the association has been silent for the past two years hence the meeting was one way of finding out the challenges the association is facing so that can be reported to the Bishops for their action.
“As the national office, we are committed to working with the current executive and the entire Catholic journalists’ community. We would like however, want to see them organized and focused,” said Fr. Phokoso.
ACJ President, Deogratias Mmana said the meeting was timely and commended ECM for coming in to ensure that the association is vibrant from now onwards.
“We would like to commend the current national secretary and his team for coming to unite us and through this meeting we are going to move on,” said Mmana.
He said there were a lot of challenges that resulted to the dormancy of the association but now all is sorted out.
“Let me take this opportunity to invite all Catholic journalists elsewhere to come together and work for the good of our Church. Let the active ones be strengthen and those who would like to join us to feel free and do so,” he said.
The meeting among others resolved to have an Annual General Meeting on April 29,2017 in Salima where the executive committee will present reports, amend the constitution, perform a Corporate Social Responsibility and have fun as one family members.
Editing by Mpho Musowa