Solidarity and Mission – the Claretian Missionaries answer to the Church’s Social Life and Action
The word SOMI is a relatively new concept which stands for “Solidarity and Mission.” It is an aspect of the social ministry of the Congregation. This idea springs from the openness of the Second Vatican Council not only to proclamation of the gospel but becoming actively involved in the Social Life of humanity. This is the Church wearing the human face. Particularly, SOMI deals with the areas of human development, which is a unique social dimension of our calling.
Between the 10th and 14th of June this year, the SOMI training program for 2019, was held in Yaoundé, Cameroun. This was a follow-up to the training held in 2018, in Nairobi, Kenya. The facilitators were from the General Government while the participants were drawn from the various Organisms of the Congregation in Africa. They comprised mainly the coordinators of JPIC, Mission Procurators and Prefects of Apostolates.
In recent times, we (Claretians Missionaries) engage more in various dimensions of the social mission of the Church and SOMI helps us to achieve a better focus and direction. SOMI has three dimensions namely: the JPIC, Claretians at the United Nations (UN) and Mission Procure. These arms of SOMI function together to achieve the common goals and objectives of the Congregation in the spirit of the Universal Church. Her developmental work is in line with what the world is doing and not in isolation. Among the goals of SOMI are the following:
- Preferential option for the poor.
- Fidelity to the word of God.
- Working as a global missionary community.
- Networking with others.
- Working in the periphery.
The activities of SOMI within the various Organisms are directly overseen by the Prefect of Apostolate. The highpoints of the SOMI-Yaoundé training includes the following:
- Updates from the Organisms
- Analysis of the present day reality
- JPIC plans, spirituality and activities
- UN instruments and how to use them
- UN system and Primacy of Human Right
- Four (4) focus areas of the Claretians in the UN
- Sustainable development Goals – SDGs and how future projects can emerge
- Project management criteria of the General procure and yearly plan
- Preparations of an individual plan and suggestions for Organisms.
- Message of the participants to the Claretians members of ASCLA-East
The Delegation West Nigeria was represented by Fr. Kenneth Opara, the coordinator of JPIC.