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Commissions & Desks

Soroti Catholic Diocese today comprises 41 parishes (grouped into 11 deaneries). The Diocese has 1,046 outstations (sub-parishes), 160 nursery schools, 317 Primary schools, 32 Senior Secondary schools, two Primary Teacher Training colleges, five Vocational and Technical Training Institutions, one hospital, 13 health centres, two Catechetical Formation centres and one Minor Seminary.The Diocese has Seven (7) commissions, with respective desks and departments, namely:

Commission Desks/ Departments Programs/ Activities
1. Pastoral Commission
i. Catechist Formation Centres
* Grade III catechist training programs at Kidetok CFC;
* Grade II catechist training programs at Bukedea CPTC;

 

* Grade I catechist training programs at Bukedea CPTC and at parish levels;
* Nine-month catechesis program for candidates for Christian Initiation of Adults.
ii. Liturgy & Church Music Office
* Coordinate the efforts of laity in preparation, composition and organization of Church liturgy and music.
* Ensure doctrinal soundness of composed or adopted liturgical music in the Diocese.
iii. The Vocations Office
* Formation of minor seminarians at St. Peter’s Madera Minor Seminary;
* On-going formation of major seminarians.
iv. Parish Pastoral Councils
* Formation and training of parish pastoral councils and committees;
* Formation and training of diocesan laity council;
* Promoting active participation of the laity in the pastoral and development programs of the Church.
v. Basic Christian Communities
* Formation, induction and on-going capacity enhancement of BCCS in all outstations throughout the Diocese.
* Promotion of active daily participation of laity in the evangelization and pastoral support of their respective communities.
vi. Families Desk
* Strengthening the family institution as the most basic unit of the Church;
* On-going capacity building for peaceful, holy and economically progressive families.
vii. Doctrinal Office
* Disseminating relevant and periodic teachings of the Church to the entire diocesan community;
* Refuting and correcting doctrinal errors in the Church.
viii. Ecumenism and Interfaith Desk

 

* Promoting ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue for peaceful community co-existence;
* Promoting ecumenical and inter-faith joint action for a more comprehensive outreach to the communities in the sub-region.
2. Lay Apostolate Commission
i. Youth
* Animating Young Christian Students and other catholic clubs and associations in schools;
* Planning and conducting annual diocesan, deanery and parish youth conferences.
ii. Women
* Spiritual, social and economic empowerment of women;
* Planning and conducting annual diocesan, deanery and parish women prayer conferences;
* Training and facilitating women to establish livelihood projects in parishes, outstations and families.
* Promoting women activism in the pastoral life of the Church.
iii. Men
* Spiritual, social and economic empowerment of men;

 

* Planning and conducting annual diocesan and deanery men prayer conferences;
* Training and facilitating men to establish livelihood projects in outstations and families.
* Promoting women activism in the pastoral life of the Church.
iv. Pontifical Missionary Soceities (PMS): Holy Missionary Children

 

* Training children to support children pastorally, socially and economically;
* Establishing Holy Missionary Childhood communities in the different primary schools throughout the diocese;
* Organizing and animating children’s prayer conferences at deanery, parish and zonal levels.
v. Catholic Charismatic Renewal
* Evangelism and pastoral outreaches/visitations;
* Life in the Spirit seminars;

 

* Weekly prayer-group prayers at outstation levels;
* Monthly prayer-group seminars at parish levels;
* Diocesan, deanery and parish CCR prayer conferences;
* Conducting intercessory prayers, outreaches and deliverance ministries within parishes and outstations;

 

* On-going pastoral-spiritual formation- Emmaus Centre;
* Periodic capacity building for leaders and members.
vi. Legion of Mary
* Promoting devotion to Mother Mary;
* Teaching catechumens, pastoral outreaches to schools and visitations to the sick;

 

* Forming more praesidia and curiae;
* Maintaining networking with the Senatus;
* Weekly praesidia meetings;
* Monthly curia meetings;
* Promoting the Legion of Mary movement throughout the Diocese.
3. Education Commission
i. Nursery Schools
* Promotion of quality, inclusive, equitable and affordable basic education;
* Promotion of higher education;
* Promoting positive gender practices;
ii. Primary Schools
* School infrastructure development;
iii. Secondary schools
* School feeding program;
iv. Technical & Vocational Institutes
* Vocations & technical education for both formal and non-formal learners (skills);
v. Primary Teachers Colleges
* Ensuring increased capacity and sustainable size of human resource for the teaching ministry in the region.
vi. Special Needs Institutions
* Providing access to primary and secondary education for blind children and youth through St. Francis Madera School for the Blind.
* Empowering disabled youth with applicable livelihood skills at Pamba Rehabilitation Home.
vii. Other Tertiary Institutions
* Offer coordination services to enable the local community access university and college level educational services provided at national level.
4. Health Commission
i. Diocesan Health Office
* Coordinating health services throughout the Diocese;
* Quality control and assurance in all diocesan health facilities;
* Coordination, lobby and advocacy with national line commissions and government systems.
ii. Hospitals
* Provision of quality and affordable health services to respective communities.
iii. Health centres
* Planning and guiding diocesan office on developmental and expansionist strategies health infrastructure and service delivery.
5. Caritas and Justice & Peace
i. Administration

   

ii. Community Livelihood Desk
Community mobilization on issues of household agriculture, 
* Food security, 
* Enterprise and income generation, 
* Savings and lending, 
iii. Environment Disaster Risk Reduction Desk
* Environmental protection and conservation,
* Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation
* Institutional strengthening for humanitarian response, 
* Lobby and advocacy,
iv. Human Resource Desk
 
i. Justice & Peace Office
* Identify, plan around and implement strategies for prevention, management, resolution and transformation of major conflicts in the sub-region.
* Establish partnerships with national line commission and with proximate peace CSOs for more comprehensive intervention strategies.
* Build capacity of staff and parish peace promoters for community peace-building sensitization and conflict mediation.
ii. Parish Peace Promoters
* Community peace education;
* Community conflict mediation.
6. Social Communications
i. DELTA Radio
* Catechetical, pastoral and spiritual programs;
* Social development programs, majorly in Kumam;
* Live community radio debates;
* Live radio coverage of major diocesan and parish events.
ii. Kyoga Veritas Radio;
* Human Rights, good governance and peace programs;
* Economic/ livelihood programs, majorly in English and Ateso.
iii. Print & Audio-Visual (PAV) department
* Printing all diocesan pastoral and accounting documents and liturgical books;
* Video coverage of major diocesan and parish events.
iv. Communications Office
* Disseminating periodic messages from the Pope and from the Uganda Episcopal Conference to all the parishes.
* Organizing diocesan annual celebrations of World Communications Day
* Identifying and mitigating communications gaps in the Diocese.
* Networking with the National Office and other diocesan social communications offices and other media houses.
7. Finance & Administration
i. Finance
* Ensure adherence to policies and best practices for collection, management and accountability of resources solicited for locally and externally;
ii. Projects
* Lay and implement strategies for financial sustainability through initiating appropriate and viable projects.
* Ensure proper coordination of all diocesan and parish projects that are externally funded, for viability and accountability.

 

iii. Land & Assets
* Enhance security of all diocesan land (including those at parishes, schools, health units, and other institutions) through land survey and titling.
* Coordinate and support diocesan institutions that seek legal justice over their lands in courts of law.
8. Diocesan Vicariates
i. Vicariate for the Clergy
* Promoting fraternity among the clergy;
* Ongoing support for priests’ ministry;
* Supporting SODIPA soirituality & welfare initiatives;

 

* Ongoing capacity building & vocational decernment for and by the clergy.
ii. Vicariate for the Religious

 

* Promoting communion and collaborative ministry among the religious;

 

* On-going spiritual renewal and support for the Religious.

These Commissions have a number of on-going programs and projects, and have established collaborative linkages with line Commissions at the national level. The Commissions have also established line-structures at Parish level and some even at outstation and BCC levels.