06 Aug 2017 14:40pm
OTJIWARONGO, 06 AUG (NAMPA) - The Roman Catholic Church in Namibia on Saturday elected new office bearers for its association for men at an annual elective conference held in Otjiwarongo.
The conference during which 70 catholic men from the Khomas, Erongo, Omaheke, Otjozondjupa and Oshikoto regions participated in the election, started Friday and ended on Sunday.
Two priests from the Khomas and Erongo regions also attended it.
The Roman Catholic Mens Association of Namibia is aimed at promoting, advancing and advocating interests of men in the church, including encouraging them to actively involve themselves in activities of the church.
Cassius Moetie was elected chairperson of the association, taking over from Max Johnson.
Johnson was elected as the new deputy chairperson of the association.
Other executive committee members include Fred Koita, Aaron Nekongo, Berrys Katjire, David Fransman and Josef Nambili.
In an interview with Nampa on Sunday, Moetie said the newly elected members of the association will serve for three-years.
The church also has active women and youth associations.
Our association will encourage men to actively involve themselves in the church activities as most of the roles and responsibilities we used to play in church have been taken over by women, Moetie said.
Moetie said all leading roles, such as visiting the sick in communities and conducting baptismal activities used to be the primary roles of Catholic men, which are now all apparently taken over by Catholic women in church.
He also expressed concern with the dwindling membership of men in church allegedly taking up a minority share of 35 per cent, compared to a 65 per cent of women.