HCA 2017 National program report

The programme, strongly supported by the Bishops of Nigerian dioceses, lasted from August 1-3, 2017 with the participation of almost 300 children and their mission animators (school teachers, priests and women religious) from 45 dioceses in Nigeria gathered in Benin City Archdiocese for 2017 HCA National programme at St. Paul’s Minor Seminary Benin-City with the Theme: Blessed Virgin Mary is my mother.

The Archbishop of Benin City officiated at the opening Eucharistic celebration, concelebrated with the PMS National Director and about 20 priests in attendance. In attendance also were many Religious women and HCA animators who came with their children.

Activities to Mark the event included: Holy mass, Quiz competition, Mission Rosary, Marian Year celebration, Games and Mission cake event,

The result of the quiz competition showed that Awka Diocese came 1st Seconded by Sokoto Diocese, while Warri Diocese took the 3rd position.

After the quiz competition followed the Marian Year celebration. It was started with Mission Rosary Procession where the children prayed 20 decades of the Rosary. After that, songs in honour of our Blessed Virgin Mary followed, then the crowning of the Statue of Mary closed with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

DIOCESAN PMS COORDINATORS STRATEGIZE FOR PROACTIVE EVANGELIZATION

Diocesan co-coordinators of all the Pontifical Mission Societies in the country have mapped out strategies to enhance the evangelization apostolate of the Church in Nigeria. This decision was taken at the annual joint national meeting of all the coordinators of the pontifical societies in all the Ecclesiastical jurisdictions in the country. The meeting which took place at Pinnacle Hotel, Sokoto, was presided over by the National Director, Very Rev. Fr. George OlusegunAjana. The meeting began with an opening Mass with the local ordinary of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah presiding.

During the meeting the directors focused on how to enhance the roles of their various societies with a view of helping the Church to counter the various challenges facing her apostolate in the country.

The coordinators agreed on the importance of promoting “joint meetings for PMS diocesan coordinators to enable them to get to know one another and also to strategize, plan and synchronize activities to avoid parallel programming and ensure that all groups in the local Churches are formed in the missionary dimension so that all baptized Christians become missionaries.

To reach this goal, PMS missionary priorities for 2018 include: appointment of the Diocesan coordinators for the four alms of PMS in every diocese; collaboration with Religious Congregations in dioceses; meetings for PMS coordinators in dioceses; diocesan seminar on mission animation for priests, religious and laity; retreats and initiatives of missionary animation in seminaries as well as encourage Mission Congresses at various levels.

During the meeting, the new HCA National Coordinator Sr. SilverlineOP was introduced while the out-going HCA National Coordinator Sr. M. BennetAzukaEzeokoli IHM presented her handover note.

At the social evening, which took place at the Bishops Court, Sr M. Bennet was appreciated for her 18 years of selfless services to Catholic children of Nigeria. And was given a Merit Award by the PMS National Secretariat.