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Past Activities

We work in close collaboration with the regions and the countries in Africa .Our main activities include the following:

PAST WORKSHOPS - 2009

Theme: “Know your job – a Programme for Biblical Apostolate Coordinators in Africa”
Venue: Centre de Spiritualité Léon XIII, Lomé, Togo
Date: November 30 to December 4, 2009
Attendance: 31 Participants including the director of BICAM drawn from Guinea Conakry, Mali, Senegal, Burkina-Niger and Togo
Facilitators: The Director of BICAM, Fr. Paul NAZOTIN, Burkina Coordinator and Fr. Etienne AMOUZOU, Togo Coordinator
Final Statement: Not available


Theme: “Know your job – a Programme for Biblical Apostolate Coordinators in Africa”
Venue: Edéa, Cameroun
Date: 17 – 21 November, 2009
Attendance: 17 Participants – including the Director of BICAM - from Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon
Facilitators: The Director of BICAM, Fr. Jean Pierre BINAM, Cameroon Coordinator and Fr. Yves-Lucien EVAGA, Yaoundé Province Coordinator.
Final Statement: Not available

Theme: “Biblical Apostolate through Catechesis”
Venue: Kenema, Sierra Leone 
Date: 1-8 September, 2009
Attendance: 57 Participants from 5 Anglophone West Africa Countries (Ghana, Liberia, The Gambia and Sierra Leone).
Facilitators: Fr. Philippe GREBALET, ACERAC Regional Coordinator, Msgr Daniel KAMARA, Regional Coordinator of BA in AECAWA, and Fr. Augustine BEREWA, Director of the National Pastoral Centre of Kenema.
Final Statement: Available in English.


Theme: “Know your job – a Programme for Biblical Apostolate Coordinators in Africa”
Venue: Kibusi, Uganda
Date: 5-10 July, 2009
Attendance: 22 Participants from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.
Facilitators: The Director of BICAM and Fr. Titus AMIGU, Tanzania National Coordinator
Final Statement: Not available.


Theme: “Biblical Training using the BICAM textbook –Initiation Catéchetique à la Bible Vol 1”(For copy of the textbook, contact BICAM)
Venue: Paroisse Saint Felix de Sousse, Tunisia
Date: 4-11 July, 2009
Attendance: 135 Sub-Saharan African Students including 10 animators.
Facilitator: Fr. Yves-Lucien EVAGA, Yaoundé Province Coordinator
Final Statement: Not available


Theme: “Bible Apostolate and Clergy”
Venue: Headquarters of Episcopal Conference, Central African Republic
Date: 22-24 June, 2009
Attendance: All the 9 members of the ECCAR and the Secretary.
Facilitators: The Director of BICAM and Fr. Philippe GREBALET, CAR National Coordinator and ACERAC Coordinator
Final Statement: Not available.

Theme: “Bible Apostolate in Priestly Formation”
Venue: South Africa 
Date: 20-24 April, 2009
Attendance: 5 Participants including the director of BICAM
Facilitators: The Director of BICAM and Fr. Vincent KATO, Bible Lecturer, Uganda.
Final Statement: Not available


Theme: “Lectio Divina and Biblical Apostolate”
Venue: Ggaba, Uganda 
Date: 14-24 May, 2009
Attendance: 60 Formators from the whole country including the Bishop in charge of Priestly Formation
Facilitators: The Director of BICAM and Fr. Titus AMIGU, Tanzania National Coordinator
Final Statement: Not available

REGIONAL WORKSHOP FOR THE IMBISA MAJOR SEMINARIES

Theme: “Biblical Apostolate in Priestly Formation”
Venue: Hartbeespoort (South Africa)
Date: 20th – 25th April 2009
Participants: Bible Lecturers in IMBISA Major Seminaries (1/seminary), National Biblical Apostolate Coordinators (1/country), Bishops in charge of Seminaries in IMBISA (1/Bishops’ Conference)
Objectives: 1. Main objective: To make Biblical Apostolate part and parcel of Biblical Formation in IMBISA region Major Seminaries and other formation houses 2. Secondary objectives: a) Collaboration between Bible Lecturers or Scholars and the Biblical Apostolate Promoters and Coordinators; b) Build a bridge between the Academic reading of the Bible and the Pastoral readings of it.
Animator: BICAM

INTERSEMINARY WORKSHOP IN UGANDA
Theme
: “Biblical Apostolate and Lectio Divina”
Venue: Kampala, Uganda
Date: 25th – 26th May 2009
Participants: Formators in Uganda Seminaries
Objectives: To introduce the formators in Biblical Apostolate and Lectio Divina relevance in Priestly Formation.
Animator: BICAM and Fr. Titus AMIGU, Coordinator of Tanzania and Rector of Peramiho Major Seminary (Tanzania).

WORKSHOP FOR THE EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE OF CAR :
Theme: “Introduction to Biblical Apostolate”
Venue:  Bangui (Central Africa Republic)
Date: 20th – 25th June 2009
Participants: Bishops Members of Central Africa Episcopal Conference (CECA)
Objectives: To inform the Bishops about the Apostolate of the Bible for more commitment and support from them.
Animator: BICAM

WORKSHOP FOR SUB-SAHARAN STUDENTS IN TUNISIA
Theme: “Catechetical Initiation to the Bible”
Venue: Pastoral Centre, Tunis Diocese
Date: 4th – 11th July 2009
Participants: About 150 Sub-Saharan African Students members under the umbrella of the Catholic Chaplaincy in Tunisia.
Objectives: The students will be able after going through the ad hoc textbook to have a basic knowledge of the Bible within the Catholic Tradition. They will be able too to nourish their faith and Christian life with the Word of God; to give account of their Catholic faith (cf. 1P 3,15) wherever they are.
Animator: Fr. Paul NAZOTIN, National Biblical Apostolate Coordinator, Burkina Faso.

WORKSHOP FOR AMECEA BIBLICAL APOSTOLATE COORDINATORS
Theme: “Know Your Job” – A Programme for BA Coordinators in Africa
Venue: Kampala (Uganda)
Date: 5th – 10th July 2009
Participants: Bishops in charge of BA, Regional, National and Provincial Coordinators of Eastern Africa
Objectives: 1. Training of the Coordinators; 2. Coordinators will be able to organize BA activities in his/her region/country, focusing on coordinating activities – They will also be capable of administrative and networking relationship with the coordinators at the levels of the Church in Africa.
Animator: BICAM

WORKSHOP FOR ANGLOPHONE WEST AFRICA
Theme: “Biblical Apostolate through Catechesis”
Venue: Freetown (Sierra Leone)
Date: 17th – 25th September 2009
Participants: Bishops in charge of the Catechetical Commissions - Priests, Religious, men and women, or lay persons in charge of the Catechesis in AECAWA countries – BA National and Provincial Coordinators – Diocesan Coordinators (Liberia and Sierra Leone).
Objectives: The results were:Catechism teaching will also become a means of making the Word of God  known, loved and lived, with a direct contact with the Bible
The catechists will be better equipped for their work and will be aware of the Biblical Apostolate dimension of their ministry
Animator: Fr. Philippe GREBALET, Coordinator for ACERAC region and Central Africa Republic.

TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR ACERAC REGION COORDINATORS
Theme: “Know Your Job” – A Programme for BA Coordinators in Africa
Venue: Cameroon
Date: 5th – 10th November 2009
Participants: Bishops in charge of BA, Regional, National and Provincial Coordinators of the region (Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea).
Objectives: Coordinators will be able to organize BA activities in his/her region/country, focusing on coordinating activities – He/she will also be capable of administrative and networking relationship with the coordinators at the levels of the Church in Africa.

Animator: BICAM

REGIONAL WORKSHOPS - 2010

A. REGION: AECAWA

Theme: “Know your job-a Programme for Biblical Apostolate Coordinators in Africa”
Venue: Koforidua, Ghana
Date: 9-13 May 2010
Participants: 33 Participants inluding Regional, National, Provincial coordinators and the Bishop in charge at the Regional level
Objectives:  Informing Regional, National and Provincial coordinators about their mission in order to discharge their work effectively and efficiently
Animator(s): BICAM


B. IMBISA\ZIMBABWE
Theme: “The Word of God in Priestly Formation”
Venue: Zimbabwe
Date: July 2010
Participants: Formators in Major Seminaries and Male Novitiates
Objectives: Sensitize about the place of the Word of God in all dimensions and subjects of Priestly Formation
Animator(s): BICAM

C. REGION: ACEAC
Theme: “Know your job – a Programme for Biblical Apostolate Coordinators in Africa”
Venue: Mbiti, Kinshasa, DRC
Date: 7-12 March 2010
Participants: Regional, National, Provincial coordinators and the Bishop in charge at the Regional level
Objectives: Informing Regional, National and Provincial coordinators about their mission in order to discharge their work effectively and efficiently
Animator(s): BICAM, DRC National coordinator and his local team

PAST WORKSHOPS – 2008

1. BIBLICAL APOSTOLATE IN DEMOCRATIC REP. OF CONGO
Theme: “The Word of God in our Small Christian Community
Venue: Centre Catholique Nganda, Kinshasa, DRC
Date: 11th – 16th February 2008
Attendance: 33 participants from 18 dioceses, including the Director of BICAM.
Final Statement:
AVAILABLE IN FRENCH

2. CONSULTATION MEETING IN MAPUTO
Theme: “Biblical Apostolate in Portuguese Speaking Countries
Venue: Major Seminary (Theology), Maputo, Mozambique
Date: 19th – 23rd May 2008
Attendance: 7 participants from Angola (1), Mozambique (3), Zimbabwe (1) and Ghana (the Director of BICAM and the 2nd Deputy Secretary of SECAM, facilitator of the meeting).
Final Statement:
NOT AVAILABLE

3. WORKSHOP FOR ACERAC REGION (FRENCH CENTRAL AFRICA)
Theme: “Biblical Apostolate through Catechesis
Venue: Bangui, Central Africa Republic
Date: 14th – 18th July 2008
Attendance: 20 participants including Bishops, Priests, Religious Sisters and Laity.
Final Statement: AVAILABLE IN FRENCH

PAST WORKSHOPS – FROM 2003 TO 2007

1. AECAWA REGION (ANGLOPHONE WEST AFRICA)
Theme: “The Biblical Pastoral Ministry in AECAWA Region”
Venue: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Date: 27th September – 1st October 2007
Attendance: 30 participants: 11 from Nigeria, 3 from Ghana with the Director of BICAM, 1 from The Gambia, 15 from Sierra Leone.
Final Statement:
AVAILABLE

2. AMECEA REGION (EASTERN AFRICA)
Theme: “Biblical Apostolate in priestly Formation”
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya
Date: 20th – 25th August 2007
Attendance: 32 participants from 10 different countries: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Final Statement:
AVAILABLE

3. CERAO REGION (FRANCOPHONE WST AFRICA)
Theme: “Biblical Apostolate through Catechesis in CERAO Region”
Venue: Cotonou, Benin
Date: 4th – 8th September 2006
Attendance: 23 participants from 7 countries (Benin, Burkina, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Conakry, Mali, Senegal, Togo)
Final Statement:
AVAILABLE IN FRENCH

4. NATIONAL WORKSHOP IN CHAD
Theme: “Biblical Apostolate in Chad”
Venue: Bakara (N’Djamena), Chad
Date: 4th – 11th November 2005
Attendance: 76 participants from the dioceses and the apostolic prefecture.
Final document: Synthesis, with recommendations, to the Bishops

5. NATIONAL WORKSHOP IN CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC
Theme: “Workshop on Biblical Apostolate in Central Africa Republic”
Venue: Bangui, C.A.R.
Date: 15th – 19th June 2004
Attendance: 19 participants: 4 from the Archdioces of Bangui, 4 from the Diocese of Bambarim 4 from the Dioces of Kaga-Bandorom 4 from the Diocese of Mbaiki, 2 from the Diocese of Bossangoa and 1 from the Diocese of Bangassou.
Final document: Synthesis, with recommendations, to the Bishops

6. NATIONAL WORKSHOP IN GABON
Theme: “Biblical Apostolate in Gabon’s Dioceses”
Venue: Libreville
Date: 3rd – 7th May 2004
Attendance: 56 participants: 45 from Libreville Archdiocese, 3 from Franceville Diocese, 2 from Oyem Diocese, 2 from Mouila Diocese, 1 from Port Gentil Diocese and 3 from Makokou Apostolic Prefecture.
Final document: Synthesis with concrete suggestions presented to the Bishops.


7. NATIONAL WORKSHOP IN THE GAMBIA
Theme: “Basic Bible Course”
Venue: Banjul, The Gambia
Date: 7th – 17th January 2004
Attendance: 51 participants

8. NATIONAL WORKSHOP IN MOZAMBIQUE
Theme: “Biblical Apostolate in Mozambique”
Venue: Maputo
Date: 22nd – 28th June 2003

9. NATIONAL WORKSHOP IN ZAMBIA
Theme: “Youth-Bible-Communication”
Venue: Livingston, Zambia
Date: 19th – 23rd July

In Service of the Episcopal Conferences in Africa PUBLICATIONS
  • Scientific and technical assistance in elaborating and running Biblical Apostolate programmes or seminars
  • Any Other activity requested by SECAM Episcopal Conferences and their Institutions, or Members of the Catholic Biblical Federation.

* Publication of the BICAM Newsletter for Biblical Apostolate agents in Africa and BICAM partners and friends.
* Publication of the Biblical Pastoral Bulletin ,a forum to share ideas and experiences in Biblical Apostolate in Africa and Islands.
* Publication of the proceedings of continental encounters of Biblical Apostolate Animators
* Publication of booklets on Biblical Apostolate of continental interest, as need arises

WORKSHOPS
Continental Workshops

The continental workshops are aimed at fostering communion and collaboration among the Biblical Apostolate Promoters, through the Regional and National Coordinators. The latter gather every two years for three days of reflection on a Biblical theme with a Biblical motto, of sharing of experiences through reports of activities in the regions and countries; sharing and exchanges of Biblical materials and programmes. Two major documents are produced as a result of the workshop : The Resolutions and Recommendations, guidelines for the Biblical Apostolate animation during the two years following the workshops, and a Narrative Report of the happenings during the workshops.

PAST CONTINENTAL WORKSHOPS:

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2008 --------->
2007 ---------> Bible and Social Issues in AfricaWhere is your brother (Gen. 4:9), Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania,   30th July – 3rd August.
  2005 ---------> The Impact of God’s Word in our Daily Life and Apostolate (cf. Lk. 8:21), Abuja, Nigeria, 13th –   14th July.
  2003 ---------> Many Parts…Yet One Body (cf. ICo 12:12-27), Nairobi, Kenya, 17th – 22nd November.
  2001 --------->Word of God: A Blessing for all Nations, Nairobi, Kenya, 11th – 17th August.
  1997 ---------> Not Available
1990 --------->Available at BICAM's Office

Other Workshops

We organize workshops to promote and to improve the organization of Biblical Apostolate in the SECAM regions and countries. Some workshops target specific groups like the agents of evangelisation, the catechists, the catholic teachers, the religious sisters and brothers, the Bible lecturers, etc.
These seminars are jointly organized with the regional and national coordinators or Episcopal Conferences. They normally ask for them and BICAM helps in many ways to hold them. Or BICAM suggests having a workshop on a specific topic and for a defined group. The organization of such seminars is one of the best areas of collaboration between the continental body of Biblical Apostolate in Africa and the regional and national ones.
Normally the regions and the countries provide the funding of these kinds of seminars. However, in case of need, BICAM can help in sourcing for funds including the seminar in its continental budgets. But it doesn’t mean that the seminars will be automatically funded.
In other terms, BICAM is either organizer or co-organizer or facilitator of the regional or national workshops. In countries where BICAM is located, it helps in workshops, Bible Days/Weeks at the diocesan or at the parish level.

Past Workshops


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