The Archdiocesan Catholic Secretariat comprises two coordinating offices namely:
• Ethiopian Catholic Church Pastoral Coordinating Office of Addis Ababa (ECC-PACO-Addis Ababa) and
• Ethiopian Catholic Church Social and Development Coordinating Office (ECC-SDCO Addis Ababa).
In addition to the two coordination offices, the ACS St Michael Socio Pastoral Training Center has been providing training services/facilities for the Socio-pastoral and development activities/programs of the Archdiocese. In view of responding to the growing demand and responsibilities and also in order to provide better socio-pastoral and development services to the concerned community/faithful two branch offices have been set up in the 2005 G.C at Bahir Dar and Kombolcha towns. Since April 2010 the status of Bahir Dar Area has been elevated to Bahir Dar Pastoral Territory following the appointment of His Excellency Abune Lesanu Christos Matheos as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Addis Ababa with a particular responsibility for Bahir Dar Pastoral Territory.
The vision of ACS is: to see a society where all its spiritual, physical and socio-cultural needs are fulfilled and all people in its mandatory area living in harmony, solidarity, equality with peace and justice. ACS aspires to see a prosperous, respectful and just society in Ethiopia including the Archdiocese of Addis Ababa.
The Mission of ACS
The ACS (Archdiocesan Catholic Secretariat) is the Executive Body of the Archdiocese of Addis Ababa. Its mission is to promote Integral Human Development, i.e. to ensure the spiritual and socio economic well being of the community, and the Catholic faithful through coordination and implementation of socio-pastoral and development programs services and evangelization being carried out by the Catholic institutions/parishes of the Archdiocese of Addis Ababa. Priority is given to the poorest and marginalized people in the society.
∗ Serve the community irrespective of their language, religion, ethnic background
∗ Disseminating the word of God by living the Gospel values.
∗ Promotion of self reliance.
∗ While providing the social and development services, the poor, marginalized and disadvantaged groups will be given priority.
∗ Respect to the social teachings/doctrine of the Catholic Church.
∗ Empowering the poor and the disadvantaged groups in the society.
∗ Commitment to the respect of basic human values and rights, solidarity, justice and peace.
∗ Promotion of honesty, accountability, transparency