Africa

Region

Africa

 

The Region of hope and great challenges, where the Federation is present from the moment of its foundation.

The beginning of the biblical apostolate on the African continent was due to the private initiative of Fr. Adrian Smith, wf, who started that form of pastoral work in Lusaka, Zambia. With the creation of the CBF this process took more dynamism. Since the very beginning, since the year of it’s foundation the CBF was present in Africa – before 1975 already 8 Bishops Conferences (or biblical institutions representing them) were members of the CBF (WCFBA). Recognizing this contribution of the Federation to the Church in Africa, in 1975, the Bishops of Africa organized within SECAM officially requested the CBF (WCFBA) to start an Africa service for the promotion of the biblical apostolate in Africa. Fr. Adrian Smith, wf, from Zambia was the Director of the English-speaking Africa Service from October 1975 till September 1978, when was succeeded by Fr. Wynnand Amewowo. Fr. Dieter Skweres, svd, from Togo was the Director of the French-speaking Africa Service from January 1978, when the service was created, until December 1979, when was succeeded also by Fr. Wynnand Amewowo. Thus Fr. Wynnand Amewowo was responsible for both the English- and French-speaking Africa Services as from 1979 on.

In 1981 SECAM decided to give the unified Africa Service (English- and French-speaking) a permanent structure through the creation of the Catholic Biblical Centre for Africa and Madagascar (BICAM) and it was formally fulfilled in 1983. The first Director of BICAM, Fr. Wynnand Amewowo, moved from Lomé to Nairobi in June, 1983. In 1996 BICAM became a full member of th Catholic Biblicale Federation. In 2003 the office of BICAM was transfered from Nairobi to Accra.

Coordinator

Vacant

CBF General Secretary is at the moment Acting Coordinador for CBF Africa Region
The office in Sankt ottilien (Germany)

cbf.africa@c-b-f.org

Updates from Africa

Dei Verbum Course in Zimbabwe
04 Jan 2018

Right at the start of the 2018, the 17th Dei Verbum course held in Zimbabwe  at Chishawasha Seminary in Harare.

Biblical News from Tanzania
15 Dec 2017

Greetings from Tanzania.  I hope it all goes well at Sankt Ottilien. Thank you for the good news from your office and Christmas greetings. Thank you very much.

On my part, I have the pleasure to communicate to you three things.

New Director of BICAM appointed
29 Oct 2017

Fr. Albert Ngengi Mundele was appointed Director of BICAM-CEBAM on 23rd June 2017 by SECAM Chairman, His Grace Gabriel Mbilingi, Archbishop of Lubango in Angola.