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Pastoral Department


Rev.Fr. James Edema

Pastoral Coordinator

                   About Pastoral Department
Pastoral Coordinator’s Office

The Pastoral Coordinator’s Office oversees the pastoral activities of the Diocese. Several Diocesan Commissions are under the care of this office: the Liturgy Commission, the Catechetical Commission, the Catechists Commission, the On-going Formation Commission and the Commission for Ecumenism and Dialogue. Other offices in this Department include the Family Life Desk; the Catechists Desk and the Catechist Advisory Board. The Pastoral Coordinator serves as Secretary of the Diocesan Pastoral Council. The office is located in the Christus Centre, Ediofe.


Before 1993, the Pastoral Department had no office space and the department activities were done by one person.


To search for ways for the faithful know that they are the Church in the work of Evangelization.


A local Church, self-ministering, self-propagating and self-reliant living committed to Christ

Goals of the department:

1. Implement local and Universal Church Synods

2. Coordinate pastoral activities in the Diocese

3. Establishment of effective and efficient Pastoral Councils at all levels

4. Promotion and animation of clerical and lay ministries

5. Promotion of self-reliance in Christian communities

6. Ensure co-responsibility and participation in the local Church

7. Partner with other related departments in Pastoral issues

8. Spiritual care of pastoral agents

Offices under this department are:

1. Pastoral Coordinators' Office, Rev. Fr. James Edema

2. Ass.Pastoral Coordinators' Office Ediofe Vicariate, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Drici

3. Ass.Pastoral Coordinators' Office Lodonga Vicariate, Rev. Fr. Saviour Nzia

4. Ass.Pastoral Coordinators' Office Moyo Vicariate, Rev. Fr. Sunday Ocima

5. Lay Apostolate Coordinator: Ms. Martha Tiperu

6. Director Arua Diocese-Catholic Counselling Services(AD-CCS) : Sr.Leonora Torach,MSMM

7. Family Desk, Mr. Robert Adrabo

8. Catechists Desk Coordinator, Cat. Gabriel Afidra

9. Council of the Laity Chairperson: Mr. Peter Alioni

Activities of the Department:

1. Developing and printing Catechetical and liturgical materials

2. Training and ongoing formation of Pastoral agents

3. Counseling services for families

4. Participation in Diocesan and Pastoral meetings

5. Parish, Deanery and Vicariate pastoral visits

6. Provision of pastoral materials to pastoral agents

7. Retreats and recollection

8. Pilgrimages

9. Management of the pastoral Centres of Arua Diocese (Christus Centre, Maracha Pastoral Training Centre and Lodonga SPACE)


S/NoPersonnelName and Contacts of the Personnel
1Pastoral Coordinator: Fr. James Edema
Phone: +256 775 803 085
2Ass.Pastoral Coordinator Ediofe Vicariate: Rev.Fr. Emmanuel Drici
Phone: Tel: +256(0)-782-993-785
3Ass.Pastoral Coordinator Lodonga Vicariate: Rev.Fr. Saviour Nzia
Phone: Tel: +256(0)-782-993-785
4Ass.Pastoral Coordinator Moyo Vicariate: Rev.Fr. Sunday Ocima
Phone: Tel: +256(0)-771-801-249
5Catechists Desk: Mr. Gabriel Afidra
Phone: +256 7.........
6Family Desk: Mr. Robert Adrabo
Phone: +256 (0) 772 646264
7Accountant: Ms. Catherine Anderu
Phone: +256(0)-771-801-249
8Receptionist Ms. Grace Eleku
Phone: +256(0)-778-493-133


Pastoral Coordinator's Office,

Christus Centre,

P.O. Box 594,

Arua, Uganda.



Welcome Message from the Diocesan Pastoral Counsellor, Arua.


Rev. Sr. Leonora Torach

Location of AD-CCS Head Office

The main office of AD-CCS is located in Christus center and liaison office has been opened in Metu parish to link Moyo vicariate.

Address & Contact

P.O.Box.594, Arua-City (U)

TEL: +256-785-245-616 (Office Line)

+256-772-532-284 (Director)

Email: catholiccounsellingservices@gmail.com


Arua Diocese—Catholic Counselling Services (AD-CCS) is a registered faith Based Organization established in 2017 by Rt. Rev. Sabino Ocan Odoki, Bishop Ordinary of Arua Diocese with the Goal of Providing Psycho-Social Support and empowerment initiatives for the vulnerable people within the Diocese and beyond through Compassionate Pastoral Counselling Services.

Establishment of Counselling Department

The counselling department was established by the Bishop Ordinary of Arua diocese Rt. Rev. Sabino Ocan Odoki 0n 1st September 2017 to cater for the constantly growing needs of pastoral ministry in Arua Diocese. The “Diocesan Pastoral Counselling office” is under supervision of the Diocesan Pastoral coordinator. The department has a Chaplain and Director fully appointed by the bishop.

Launching of Arua Diocese – Catholic Counselling Services(AD-CCS)

The official launching of Arua Diocese -Catholic Counselling Services took place on the 16th May 2019 at Christus Centre where the office is located. The launching was graced by Rt. Rev. Bishop Sabino Ocan Odoki of Arua Diocese. Alongside was the president of Uganda Counselling Association (UCA), the LC 5 Chaiperson of Arua district and other dignitaries.

Vision, Mission, Core Values,Motto and Goal of AD-CCS


A fully restored, empowered and hopeful community


To achieve psycho-social and spiritual healing for all people who have lost hope

Core Values

Love and Forgiveness






Restoring Hope


To achieve psycho-social and spiritual healing for all people who have lost hope

Objectives of AD-CCS

a). To establish a functional pastoral counselling Programme in Arua Diocese

b). To offer medical rehabilitation to victims of substance abuse such as alcohol dependence and recreation drugs

c). To build self-esteem and hope among psychologically, spiritually and socially affected persons.

d). To restore peace and stability in families that are unstable.

e). To build capacity of resource persons for counselling services.

f).To enable community access counselling services



Pastoral Department Team

Rev.Fr. Emmanuel Drici
Ass. Pastoral Coordinator
Rev.Fr. Saviour Nzia
Ass. Pastoral Coordinator
Rev.Fr. Sunday Ocima
Ass. Pastoral Coordinator
Rev.Sr.Leonora Torach
Director AD-CCS, Diocesan Pastoral Counsellor, Arua.
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