imbisa lcbcThe Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA)


The Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa, known as IMBISA is an organ of Liaison and Pastoral Cooperation between Episcopal Conferences of Angola and São Tome & Principe (CEAST), Lesotho Catholic Bishops’ Conference (LCBC), Mozambique Catholic Bishops’ Conference (CEM), Namibia Catholic Bishops Conference (NCBC), Southern Africa Catholic Bishops which is made up of Botswana, South Africa and Swaziland (SACBC) and Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC). The Region has 78 ecclesiastical territories (Archdioceses and Dioceses) and 101 Bishops. At the moment IMBISA is the only Regional Conference that is made up of two language groups, that is English and Portuguese.

The IMBISA Members are all those Southern African Episcopal Conferences which have applied for membership and have been accepted.  The members of IMBISA first met in the general assembly until 1984 when the plenary assemblies were introduced.  Since then the plenary assembly has become established as the major platform for policy making. For more information on the IMBISA please visit the IMBISA website http://www.imbisa.org.zw.

Lesotho to host the 2016 Plenary Assembly

On the 22nd- 24th November 2016, the plenary assembly will be held in Lesotho. The Catholic Church is currently engaged in the preparations for this key Bishops’ event which is expected to be marked with the presence of over 90 Bishops from the region.

Updates on the Assembly preparations

  • Committees have been established to prepare for the assembly. The committees are as follows:
    • Security
    • Health
    • Finance
    •  Steering
    • Accommodation & Meals
    • Liturgy
    • Media & Communication
    • Catering & Entertainment
    • Transport
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