Communication

HISTORY OF THE COMMISSION:

The catholic diocese of Machakos did not have an office for communication as such. In the mid 80’s, the late Fr. Lawrence kavita used to be the communication director operating for the parish of appointment. He used to write articles concerning the diocese and other articles to uplift the spiritual life of the Christians. On the other hand, the late bishop Urbanus Kioko also used to write his pastoral letters and other educative and spiritual articles from his office.

With the coming of Bishop Martin Kivuva Musonde (2003) now the Arch Bishop of the Catholic Arch Diocese of Mombasa, things took a new turn and an office for communication was created. Several priests were taken to different universities to do courses in communication. The first achievement in the office was the publication of the Diocesan newsletter that runs up-to-date. Secondly was the building of the Catholic Media Centre that comprised of the diocesan bookshop, a cyber café and a computer training college.

Today the Bookshop runs very well with more than 800 copies of books, CD’s, DVD’s, sacramental and other things like the sacramentals. The office has been collaborating with secular vernacular radio stations like Musyi, Athiani, Mbaitu, Mwatu and Mangelete and has been having several programs that are spiritual, educative, informative and entertaining. The communication office has also been collaborating with the national office (KCCB) and other catholic dioceses in Kenya and exchanging programmes. Today, the office of communication in the diocese works under the bishop and has achieved much.

MISSION STATEMENT:

To bring together all other departments in the diocese through the process of communication such that everybody feels that he/she belongs to the bigger family of God, the Church.

TASKS/ACTIVITIES UNDER COMMUNICATION COMMISSION:

• Prepare articles and programmes that are spiritual, educative, informative, entertaining for the Diocesan newsletter and the radio stations.
• To cover the events of the diocese and other commissions
• To collaborate with Catholic social communication (national office- KCCB) for any information
• To network with other Catholic dioceses and the secular media for other programmes

LEADERSHIP OF THE COMMISSION

The Diocesan Bishop is the chair person for the commission. He chooses a communication secretary to work closely with him. Then the communication secretary together with the bishop comes up with a communication committee that chooses the vice communication secretary and other officials.

PROJECTS COMPLETED

 Media Centre
 Pope Francis hall

ONGOING PROJECTS

 Printing of the Diocesan newsletter
 Catholic radio programs over different vernacular radio stations
 Equipping Pope Francis recording studio and the conference hall
 Creating the Diocesan website together with a face book page
 Creating internet accounts for all the commissions
 Creating a diocesan communication archive

PROJECTS PLANNED FOR FUTURE

 Running a radio station
 Having a printing press