Statement on the 78th IMBISA Standing Committee Meeting

We are pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the 78th IMBISA Standing Committee Meeting, which took place in Maseru, Lesotho on 20 to 21 September 2023. During this meeting, esteemed bishops from across the region came together to reflect on the dynamic changes occurring around us socially, politically, and economically. Our discussions centered on the importance of adapting to these changes while remaining steadfast in our commitment to our faith and the communities we serve. As leaders within the Church, we recognize the need for continuous reflection and adaptation as we navigate a rapidly evolving world.

We are delighted to inform you that during the meeting, the IMBISA Safeguarding policy and the Consolidated Leadership Plan (Strategic plan) were thoroughly reviewed and unanimously approved. These crucial documents will help guide our actions and ensure the safety and well-being of all those under our care.

Additionally, we are excited to share that the meeting saw the finalization and agreement on the venue for the IMBISA 14th Plenary Assembly. After careful consideration and collaboration among the committee members, we are pleased to announce that the IMBISA 14th Plenary Assembly will be held in Eswatini in 2025. This decision was made based on the conducive environment it offers for fostering meaningful dialogue, networking, and communion between our member countries.

Inspired by the synodal process, which places a strong emphasis on active participation, discernment, and consensus-building, our commitment to the mission of IMBISA remains unwavering. We recognize the importance of diverse voices and strive for a more inclusive and representative region. By collaborating and supporting one another, we can work towards a brighter future for our region.

In Christ

Archbishop Liborius Ndumbukuti Nashenda OMI
IMBISA President
21 September 2023