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.
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.
• 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
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.
Pope Francis hall
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
Running a radio station
Having a printing press