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Department of Church and Society, CSN


Engendering Social Development

Let's Build a better society

The Church and Society Department seeks to understand and address social issues such as poverty, inequality, racial injustice, environmental concerns, human rights, and other societal challenges. It aims to create awareness, advocate for change, and develop practical solutions. The department actively engage in promoting social justice by advocating for fair and equitable policies and systems. It work towards reducing discrimination, fighting for human rights, advocating for marginalized communities, and addressing systemic injustices. Going forward, the department coordinate and provide social services to those in need, such as community outreach programs, emergency assistance, counseling services, educational initiatives, and support for vulnerable populations. Encourages community engagement and collaboration by organizing events, workshops, conferences, and dialogues that promote understanding, bridge divides, and foster unity among diverse units and promote environmental stewardship. The department puts in efforts to influence public policy, encouraging lawmakers and policymakers to enact legislation that aligns with the values and principles of the religious institution. This involve lobbying, policy research, and collaboration with other organizations. The Church and Society Department plays a role in educating and empowering members of the religious institution on social issues, encouraging them to take action and make a positive impact in their communities. Welcome to the Department.

Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins
The Bishop Chair, Church and Society Department
Revd. Fr. Uchechukwu Obodoechina
Director Church and Society/Executive Secretary / CEO
Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN)

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I am excited to announce to the general public the arrival of the website of the Department of Church and Society of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria.  Church and Society Department of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria belongs to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria.  It is made up of four autonomous but inter -related Units, namely, Education, Justice and Peace, Health and Family and Human Life.  In keeping with the mandates of the Bishops Conference, these Units agreed in their last Annual General Meeting (AGM), held in Nkpor –Onitsha January 22nd -25th 2019, to host a common website for purposes of greater collaboration and networking.

The Website was designed in a simple and interactive form to enhance easy surfing for all users. And it includes channels for navigation, with dropdown menus for both mobile and desktop versions. In the same way, we also streamlined the structures of the content, so that one would get more from a quick read. There are also a whole host of smaller but impactful touches, all to make your experiences of the new site worth the while.

We desire active participation of all the Units of the Department and this desire has led us to create sub-domains for each Unit to ensure that every Unit takes ownership of their sub-domain.  It is therefore important that members of the various Units would ensure the sustainability of their sub domain by actively contributing to its content.  Today more than ever before, Information Technology is the way forward. Communication has become the order of the day. The diverse Communication platforms in use today lend credence to this reality. We are therefore enjoined to become true agents of evangelization, by adding to the visibility of both our Units and the work we do in the public space for the Common Good of Society.

 I hope you like the platform, and if you have any feedback, please let us know since the site is still work in progress. Welcome to .

Yours in the service of Christ,

Church & Society Department

The Church and Society Department of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria is comprised of five units: Education Unit, Family and Human Life Unit, Health Unit, Justice Development and Peace Committee/Caritas Unit (JDPC) and Migration Unit. It is headed by a Director who coordinates the overall strategy and programmatic directions of the five composite units. The director is supported by the Departmental Secretary.

Upcoming Events

Lenten Guide 2022

The Annual lenten guide for the Church and Society Department was again produced for the 2022 lenten season. It was subtitled "Rekindling Hope in The Nigeria Project."

2022 Retreat for the Staff of CSN

The activities for 2022 at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) began with a 2-Day Retreat to prepare the staff for a fruitful and fulfilling year.

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Lenten Guide

The Church and Society Department produced a Lenten guide. Amidst various points touched was the topic; Nigeria and COVID-19 Pandemic: The Way Forward.

Close and Resumption

The Church and Society Department has closed for the COVID-19 lockdown indefinitely. Kindly contact us via our contact page for urgent issues.