The Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops is elected by the Plenary Assembly. He preside over all the Ordinary and Extra-ordinary Plenary Assemblies and also the Permanent Council of Bishops.
He is the official spokesman of the Conference and he represents the Conference in all local and international forums either personally or by delegation. He is responsible for the continuity of the Conference’s activities, for the supervision of the work of the General Secretariat with the assistance of the Vice chairman-KCCB and for reports on the Permanent Council’s activities to the Plenary.
The Permanent Council
The Permanent Council of Bishops is elected by the Plenary Assembly for a period of three years and is charged with the responsibility of implementing the decisions of the Plenary Assembly for the continuity of KCCB activities.
The General Secretariat
The KCCB – General Secretariat is the National Administrative, facilitative and Coordinative arm through which the KCCB implements and co-ordinates various Pastoral programs for those matters which a faculty has been granted to the Bishop’s Conference by the Holy See. It is composed of the General Secretary who is the Executive Officer of the KCCB and the Staff of the General Secretariat among them Deputy General Secretary, National Executive Secretaries of the Commissions and Directors of National Offices.
Mandate of the KCCB -General Secretariat
KCCB – General Secretariat (Office of the Secretary General) was established in 1961. The main purpose is to support Dioceses in enhancing their capabilities for effective implementation of projects/ programmes at the grassroots. It draws its vision and mission from Christ’s mandate of KCCB “You shall be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8).
Goals of Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops(KCCB)
- Communion and collegiality among bishops and the Supreme Roman Pontiff
- Growth of the Catholic Church community in responding to the various evangelizing needs.
- Financial sustainable KCCB and facilitating self-reliant Dioceses.
- A just and responsive society especially towards the poor and under privileged.
- Improved and sustained capacity of Dioceses to increase pastoral work.
- Holistic formed person in keeping with the needs and circumstances of the time.
- Mutual understanding and respect among faiths and religions and establish dialogue forums.
- Appropriate and adequate Formation of evangelizing agents especially priests