For the effective and efficacious way of carrying out of its services and mission, the diocese of Kigoma has developed an organization structure that defines relationships and assignment of roles. In the diocese of Kigoma guided by Christian values (love, peace, justice, equity, caring, stewardship and partnership) has always operated through 9 diocesan departments namely the Pastoral department, Finance, Caritas, Catechetical, Communications, Education, Health, Liturgy, Lay Apostolate, Vocations department, 1 programme of the Pastoral Refugee Services and the Commission of Justice and Peace. Since diocesean’s purpose is both to evangelize and promote integral human development, this in itself creates two arms or offices of pastoral and development nature that are hierarchically coordinated by diocesan pastoral council. While pastoral office deals with spiritual and pastoral services, the development office is concerned with promotion of socio-economic services.
The departments, commissions and designated offices, serve five (5) Deaneries, which have 27 parishes scattered all over the diocese, with 275 outstations and average number of 15 outstations each.
The Organogram of the Catholic Diocese of Kigoma
The Pastoral Department, under the direction of the bishop, has a special role to play in safeguarding the mission of the diocese, and ought to advocate the pastoral solicitude and love in whatever is done in the diocese. This department exists to support, facilitate, coordinate and develop ways of strengthening and revitalizing the pastoral service for the People of God in the diocese and encourages action on behalf of mission. It furthermore assists parish communities in developing a shared vision with an extensive network programs and advocacy. It encourages all approved diocesan approaches and programs by means of formation and training. Moreover, it has the duty to see to it that all the established socio-economic departments and related institutions are moved, in their operations, by the spiritual and pastoral solicitude and love. It is worth noting that the pastoral department works very closely with some departments, offices and commissions that are more pastoral oriented such as the catechetical, lay apostolate, liturgical, ecumenical and the youth office.
Without going into details concerning the above-mentioned departments, offices, commissions and other organs that were established for pastoral and social services, we wish briefly to say something regarding the Lay Apostolate Department which is related to what is being proposed, viz, collaboration with Catholic workers Association (KBA). Our brief presentation of the department can surely orientate towards the possibility of establishing the partnership which is being conceived.
The Lay Apostolate department which is amongst the old pastoral organs in Kigoma diocese, is operating under the guidance of the diocesan bishop, the diocesan Pastoral Council and has a priest who is the Director of the same assisted by a secretary who is a lay person. The chief duty of this department is to coordinate the activities of the Laity with special emphasis on the promotion of the lay apostolate at all levels. It, therefore, facilitates the strengthening of the Christian faith and values amongst the laity, through organized structures designed to foster the formation of the laity. The structure of Small Christian Communities is of particular importance in the promotion of the lay apostolate.
The Lay apostolate department advocates ways for members of each diocesan community to seek for the Kingdom of God by engaging in spiritual as well as temporal affairs. This ministry has to ensure that the role of the laity is understood and provides an opportunity for laity to have an input on issues that are pertinent to Church and society. This department coordinates ecclesial movements like Catholic Women Association (WAWATA), Catholic Youth Organisation (VIWAWA), Catholic Students (YCS), Holy Childhood, pious movements, soldalities and other associations. The department provides direction, training, encouragement and it promotes the moral, intellectual and material welfare through formation programs and by elevating their capacity to concretely contribute to the social welfare from the grassroots level. The Diocese is trying to find ways of consolidating this functional department as the key for both evangelization and for tapping both human and material resources for successful development delivery.