Pastoral Department

The Pastoral office department co-ordinates all the Pastoral activities of the Archdiocese of Nairobi under the guidance of the local ordinary. The department carries its mandate to fulfil the mission of Christ, which is to go out and evangelize to all nations (Mk 16:15-16).

The Pastoral Co-ordinator is appointed by the Local Ordinary and coordinates pastoral activities in the Archdiocese and he is the Secretary to the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council.

His functions are to:

  • Act as the link between the Archdiocese and the Pastoral Department of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB);
  • Facilitate the implementation of National Pastoral Guidelines within the Archdiocese;
  • Plan and organize diocesan pastoral events;
  • Regularly update the Local Ordinary on the pastoral situation of the Archdiocese;
  • Liaise with the religious men and women directly involved in pastoral activities;
  • Collaborate with other departmental heads and other pastoral agents in order to achieve effective and efficient pastoral objectives;
  • Collaborate with Pastoral Co-ordinators from other dioceses;
  • Co-ordinate, moderate and animate all the ecclesial movements and associations in the Archdiocese; and
  • Foster the ecumenical spirit in the Archdiocese.

Under this office all the Pastoral activities are coordinated by CMA, CWA, Family life, Catechetical and Liturgical coordinators. The Catholic Men Association members are coordinated by the CMA coordinator in collaboration with the Archdiocesan CMA chaplain. The Catholic Women Association members are coordinated by CWA Coordinator who also collaborates with the Archdiocesan CWA Chaplain. The Family life Coordinator organizes programmes that promote family life values while the Catechetical Coordinator coordinates all programmes for catechists who, as pastoral agents, need to be enriched and encouraged as they undertake their pastoral activities especially in ongoing formation. The Catechetical Coordinator works together with the Archdiocesan Chaplain for catechists. The Liturgical Coordinator coordinates liturgical matters in the diocese in consultation with the Pastoral Coordinator.

The Church movements and devotional groups are also coordinated by this department ensuring that each follows the Church doctrines and right charisms. This is done through the guidance of the respective Chaplain.

The office also co-ordinates religious men and women working in the Archdiocese especially those directly engaged. This is especially meant to promote mutual collaboration between the local clergy and the religious.

To enhance order and good leadership, the office co-ordinates all the Pastoral Councils from the Parish level to the Archdiocese level. This role is guided by the Pastoral guidelines of the Archdiocese.

Archdiocesan Pastoral Council (ADPC)

In each diocese, in so far as pastoral circumstances suggest, a pastoral council is to be established (Can. 511). Its function, under the authority of the Bishop, is to study and weigh those matters, which concern the pastoral works in the diocese, and to propose practical conclusions concerning them.

Selection to the Council should be in such a way that the council truly reflects the entire portion of the people of God which constitute the diocese, taking into account the different regions of the diocese, social conditions and professions, and of the part played in the apostolate by the members, whether individually or in association with others. Only members of Christ’s faithful who are outstanding in faith, high moral standards and prudence are to be appointed to the council (Can. 512).

The ADPC comprises:

  • The Chairman: The Local Ordinary or his appointee;
  • The Secretary: The Diocesan Pastoral Coordinator;
  • Deans;
  • Diocesan Departmental Heads;
  • Diocesan chairpersons of solidarity groups;
  • Deanery Pastoral Council Chairpersons;
  • A representative of the religious; and
  • Other members co-opted by the Local Ordinary on basis of suitability to serve.

Convened by the Local Ordinary, ADPC should meet at least once in a year to evaluate the pastoral progress in the Archdiocese and to propose practical conclusions. The Council has only a consultative vote (Can. 514).