African Forum for Catholic Social Training (AFCAST)

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Official name African Forum for Catholic Social Teaching (AFCAST)
Country / Continent Zimbabwe / Africa
Director of the institute Dr. David Kaulem
Legal holder of the institute Fr. Simon Makuru (SJ)
Sponsor of the institute Misereor
Year of foundation 2001
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) 2 permanent staff and 10 volunteers
Staff members of your institute Laypeople
Contact AFCAST – African Forum for Catholic Social Teachings

16 Link Road

Mount Pleasant

P.O. Box 320 Mt. Pleasant


Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

African Forum for Catholic Social Teaching (AFCAST)

Director of the institute

Dr. David Kaulem

Legal holder of the institute

Fr. Simon Makuru (SJ)


Vision / mission statement

Mission: We are an African Forum for Catholic Social Teaching (AFCAST) that strives to popularise and contextualize this teaching by supporting and strengthening the capacity of those involved in developing and implementing it at all levels of the church and society.

Vision: A more just, peaceful and humane African society that is guided by Catholic Social Teaching and where Gospel values are promoted and celebrated. AFCAST focuses its activities in the Eastern and Southern regions of Africa, working closely with already existing church structures such as IMBISA, AMECEA, local Bishops’ Conferences and Catholic Commissions for Justice and Peace, among others. AFCAST also shares experiences with other parts of Africa and the world.

Main areas of work

Document, popularise, produce and distribute CST materials, influence public policy, inculturate the African voice in CST.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

Parishioners, Priests, Bishops, Religious, laypeople, Professionals, Catholic Professionals, Academics, University and College students, Community members from other denominations

Year of foundation


Organisational structure of the institute

Working Group Members – Supervisory Team – Director and Administrative Assistant.

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

2 permanent staff and 10 volunteers.

Staff members of your institute[2]


Qualifications of staff members of your institute

PhD; BEd.

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

What does this mean for the areas of catechesis, deaconry and liturgy?

What notion of God inspires your work?

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

What processes do you use or develop to analyse reality? How are these elaborated and how are they linked to pastoral care? How do you pass these processes on?

What prophetic approaches does the institute put into practice with a view to shaping society?

What does the work of the institute involve exactly? (Framework conditions? Publications? Courses? Lectures? Congress?...)

Publications, Lectures, Debates and Workshops.

What magazines, periodicals, books, manuals, work aids, methodological instructions etc. does your institute publish?

AFCAST booklets published twice a year and manuals used during workshops.

What do you consider to be the most important service of your institute?

Documentation; popularising; publication; distribution of CST materials and influencing public policy.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

What are the most important developments that you are dealing with at present?

What are the main difficulties your institute is confronted with in its work?


What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

What hopes, dreams and visions do you have for your institute?

To what extent does your institute support laypeople in the Church and in society?

How do you communicate your experiences and results to the respective local church, to neighbouring local churches and to other addressees (e.g. institutions affiliated to you)?

Distribute booklets and books.

To what extent does cooperation with the Bishops’ Conference of your country or with your diocese take place?

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

What kind of interreligious cooperation does take place with non-Christian religions?

What kind of ecumenical cooperation does take place with non-Catholic churches?

Integration of loose networks.

Which theological mergers/associations are you affiliated with (personally or as an institute)?

Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (Zambia), Centre for Social Concern (Malawi), Hakimani Jesuit College (Kenya), Catholic Secretariat for Justice and Peace (Uganda), Arrupe College (Zimbabwe), University of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe), AMECEA, IMBISA, CARITAS Africa, SECAM, CEHUD-Ghana.

How can we assist you with your intercontinental exchanges and with exchanges between the continents?

By providing funding for regional and international workshops and research on selected themes.

  1. It would be interesting to know among other things whether course participants are active at parish, diocesan or supra-diocesan level and whether courses are attended by priests, religious or laypeople.
  2. It would be interesting to know among other things whether the staff members of the institute are priests, religious or laypeople.