Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa
and Madagascar

SECAM Secretariat
P. O. Box 9156 AIRPORT ACCRA, Ghana Tel:+233-21-778-866/7/8; Fax:+233-21-772-548

Background: During the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), Pan-African Malagasy meetings developed spontaneously to bring African perspectives to bear upon on the issues of the Universal Church. Six African members of the Congregation for the Evengelization of Peoples convened a meeting to discuss how African bishops could organise   themselves to respond to the Council. A real need for African bishops to meet together has been indentified and deemed necessary. Afrer the Council, the Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) was inaugurated on the occasion of the first pastoral visit of Pope Paul VI to Uganda (the first ever by a Pope), in 1969. That visit gave SECAM its orientation and agenda for the future when he told the African bishops: "You may and you must have an African Christianity" (AAS, 1969).

SECAM has a Standing Committee composed of the President, two vice-presidents and a member from each of the nine Regional Associations of Episcopal Conferences.

The members of SECAM are the National Episcopal Conferences and the Regional Associations of these Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, the members from Africa on the Council of 24 of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, all Cardinals and Patriarchs of Africa and members of the Standing Committee of SECAM. See full list of regional membership