Institut des Artisans de Justice et de Paix

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Official name Institut des Artisans de Justice et de Paix/Le Chant D’Oisseau.
Country / Continent Benin / Africa
Director of the institute Dr. Abbé Raymond Bernard Goudjo.
Legal holder of the institute Conférence Épiscopale du Bénin.
Sponsor of the institute missio-Aachen, missio-München, Misereor.
Year of foundation December 22, 1997.
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) 6 Employees and 8 Volunteers.
Staff members of your institute Priest – 1

Laypeople - 5

Contact 01 B.P. 491

COTONOU

Benin

raymondgoudjo@hotmail.com

raygoudjo@hotmail.com


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Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

Institut des Artisans de Justice et de Paix/Le Chant D’Oisseau.

Director of the institute

Dr. Abbé Raymond Bernard Goudjo.

Legal holder of the institute

Conférence Épiscopale du Bénin.

missio-Aachen, missio-München, Misereor.

Vision / mission statement

The dissemination of social doctrine of the church.

Main areas of work

The research and formation in the schools, with the teachers, the politicians and the economics, with the pastoral staff.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

Students, Diocesan, Supra Diocesan.

Year of foundation

December 22, 1997.

Organisational structure of the institute

Director, Administrative Secretary, Project Executive Coordination.

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

6 Employees and 8 Volunteers.

Staff members of your institute[2]

Priest – 1

Laypeople - 5

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

Doctor in Theology – 1, Master – 4.


Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

Dissemination of the social Doctrine of the church.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

Progressive Education from School to University and Work area.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

To form conscientious Citizens.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

Formation in social doctrine of the church, social conferences, publications, educational games in social doctrine of the church.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

Publication with the participation of the students of pedagogic books, workshops in social market economy, social conference with the topics of family education and social economy.

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

Try to bring together faith and social life. It is a way to fight corruption, ethnicism and to protect the environment.

What notion of God inspires your work?

God is love and true through Jesus Christ.

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

The Christian spirituality is the basis of our work. We proclaim the catholic faith through our 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?

First we pray and we take time to see the social context. Second we pray and we appreciate the reality. Third we pray and seek a catholic response to accompaign permanent people.

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

The Institute develops educational faith and social programs for youth. They are the future of the nation. The institute dialogues with politician and economics.

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

The Institute publishes educational books, gives human formation to pastoral staff, organises conferences and workshops.

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

We had a periodic called La Missive. But we do not publish it anymore because of financial reasons. We have actually three kinds of publication: Collection XWEFA: For Research and Conference, Collection XWEFA Special: For social spirituality, Collection XWEFA Junior: For students.

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

The dissemination of the social doctrine of the Church.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

In is trough people’s appreciation. But we think we have to do more.

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

It is the education of the students.

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

The lack of qualified staff in the social doctrine of the church.

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

To form the qualified staff for our mission.

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

That our experiences will help the churches in Africa.

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

To involve themselves in the missio of the church to change the face of the 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)?

We have no plan about. We use only opportunity during the meetings.

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

The Bishops’ Conference sustain us because they see the positive impact on the students  and society.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

Nothing at this time.

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

We belong to RECOWA/CERAO and SECAM/SCEAM Networks.

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

We are working with students and they belong to different religions. We respect them and share the social vision of the Catholic Church.

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

Nothing.

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

We are affiliated to the “Université Catholique de l’Afrique de l’Ouest”. But this is not very time-efficient at the moment.

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

To have qualified people in the social doctrine of the church.




  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.