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PICO Central America moves forward with leadership training events in Honduras and Panama

Civic Participation

July 9, 2005

PICO Central America

PICO held training sessions in June for clergy and lay leaders from the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Copn in Honduras, the archdiocese of Panam and the diocese of Santiago de Veraguas in Panam. These introductory sessions follow the decision by 14 Bishops of six Central American countries to work with PICO to create a regional organizing effort.

\n \n After Bishop Santos of the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Copn participated in PICO national training in Pennsylvania in April he asked PICO to train his entire clergy in the PICO method of developing leadership. The diocese is well organized and uses the Christian Base Community Model as the fundamental ecclesial building block. Clergy are studying how the PICO model can strengthen their existing organizational structure.

\n \n Later in the June PICO staff held an introductory training with the 25 member archdiocesan team of social ministry of the archdiocese of Panam led by auxiliary bishop Pablo Varela. Bishop Varela, a member of the PICO regional sponsoring committee in Central America, has invited PICO to work with the archdiocese of Panam. In addition, Bishop Brown, president of the Bishops conference in Panam, invited PICO to an introductory training in the diocese of Santiago de Veraguas with 35 people, clergy, lay people and diocesan agency representatives.

\n \n Additional training sessions in meetings are planned in the comings months in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. For more information contact Uli Schmitt at uschmitt@piconetwork.org.