The Zimbabwe Catholic Council for the Laity has elected the new leadership team during their Annual General Meeting held at St. Theresa’s Cathedral in Gweru last November. The new committee will run from 2022-2023.
The ZCCL leadership is elected from the Diocesan Pastoral Council Committees from all dioceses in Zimbabwe. The chairmanship position is rotational and this time around, the lot fell on former Gokwe Diocesan Pastoral Chairperson, Sterwat Gwatirinda who will lead the committee for two years.
Members of the new ZCCL team include Mr. Stewart Gwatirinda from Gokwe Diocese (Chairperson), Mr. Albert Chari from Mutare Diocese (Vice Chairperson) Mrs. Febbie Mzenda, Gweru Diocese (Secretary), Mr. Robinson James Chirimuhazu, Masvingo Diocese (Vice Secretary), Nompilo Ngwenya, Archdiocese of Bulawayo (Treasurer) and Prof. Sifile as Ex-officio member.
The old team comprised of Prof. O Sifile who was the chairperson, Mr. Clemence Kunzekweguta, Mr. Simon Parwaringa, Mrs. Leatsinda Mawoneke and Mr. Amon Mapaike.
The primary function for ZCCL is to coordinate all laity pastoral activities in the country and the council works under the guidance of pastoral coordinators who are priests appointed to lead pastoral activities in every diocese. The Commission is under the guidance of Bishop Michael Bhasera who is the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference Chairperson for ZCCL while Fr. Johannes Maseko is its National Coordinator. The Commission sustains itself from the support and subscriptions from dioceses and guilds across the country.
We continue to thank the overwhelming support from the faithful and we continue to encourage self-reliance programming to ensure a self-reliant and a self-ministering church.
ZCCL offices are located at Africa Synod House along 4th Street in Harare and its doors are always open to receive pastoral initiatives and concerns from and for the laity. It is the Bishops forum of synodally journeying with the Laity, as they listen together.
The ZCCL team wishes you all beloved Catholics a blessed 2022. Let the synodal process continue in our homes, parishes, missions and dioceses. Let us listen to what God wants and respond with love.
Let us do it diligently guided by the power of the Holy Spirit. Let us reform and build the Church that God wants in the third millennium. The Synodal journey is meant to find common solutions for real challenges faced by the Church and to adopt an inclusive approach that promotes unity and growth of the Church as guided by the Holy Spirit.