ACC holds Provincial Clergy Synod in Gqeberha

Rev Dr Matthews Katjene of the ACC

By Nceba Dlaldla

The African Catholic Church (ACC) has converged in KwaZakhele, Gqeberha for its 16th Provincial Clergy Synod from from April 10 to 14.

Archbishop SB Hoyi

This annual gathering of clergymen and clergywives from across SA brings together the seven dioceses: Centenary, Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Holy Trinity, Mahikeng, Tshwane-Odi and Western, says Rev Dr Matthews Katjene. Themed “Towards Growth, Unity and Community”, the 2024 synod looks forward to the leadership of the newly enthroned archbishop and metropolitan, the Right Reverend SB Hoyi, who is also Bishop of the Eastern Cape Diocese.

Over 120 clergymen and clergywives are deliberating on numerous issues impacting the life of the church in the changing world, Katjene said. He explained that in choosing the theme, they are hoping to reposition the church as it seeks ways to remain relevant, proactive and responsive to the needs of its members and communities.

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He said the synod will critically review the work of the clergy in growing and developing the Body of Christ as well as harnessing and tapping into its vast potential to regain membership in the post Covid-19 era.

He said the hosting Parish, St Stephen’s, has identified a deserving NPO from Kwazakhele for the synod’s community outreach project as part of the church’s ongoing initiative of contributing to the welfare of communities within which the church operates.

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