The Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa – ACWECA is a regional body composed of Member Conferences of Women Religious  from nine (9) English speaking countries of Eastern and Central Africa namely; in Eritrea – Association of Consecrated Women in Eritrea (ACWE), Ethiopia Conference of Major Religious Superiors (CMRS), in Kenya – Association of Sisterhoods of Kenya (AOSK),  in Malawi – Association of Women Religious Institutes of Malawi (AWRIM), Sudan Sisters Association (SSA), South Sudan Sisters Association (SSSA), Tanzania Catholic Association of Sisters (TCAS), in Uganda – Association of Religious of Uganda (ARU) and Zambia Association of Sisters (ZAS).

In order to promote the vitality of Religious Life in this part of the world, the animation organized by ACWECA is aimed at reaching the Sisters through their Member Conferences. At the end of each General Assembly, National Action Plans are made to help implement the resolutions taken by each Member country.

ACWECA supports and serves as an umbrella body for Association of the 9 National Associations of sisterhoods of the member countries. ACWECA has a membership of over 25,000 sisters with about 450 Congregations, 41 Superior Generals, thereby providing a real potential of great spiritual and pastoral impact in the region.

The main purpose of the Association is promoting the spirit of collaboration and sharing of spiritual, human and economic resources among Member Conferences in order to enhance religious formation and strengthen leadership capacity for deeper evangelization.


“Empowered Consecrated Women for Deeper Evangelization.”


To promote the Spirit of Collaboration and Sharing of Spiritual, Human and Economic Resources among Member Conferences to enhance Religious Formation and Strengthen Leadership Capacity for Deeper Evangelization.

Core Values

ACWECA’s core values influence the organization’s decisions and priorities on its core business; guides its choices concerning its core business and partners; and how it goes about its core business. The Association shall endeavor to uphold a set of core values to guide all its undertaking and in delivering its mandate.These core values include:

  1. Prayer and witness to Christ: Prayer will remain the foundation of our life and ministry. We equally recognize the importance of evangelism and we strive to reach out to others in our words and deeds.
  2. Unity and Solidarity: We believe in empowerment through unity and Solidarity and will embrace aspects of these in decision making at all levels for collective responsibility.
  3. Integrity and Commitment: We will embrace the virtue of integrity in all our activities. We believe in excellence and dedication to our course.
  4. Transparency accountability: We will uphold honesty, accountability and transparency at all times and levels.
  5. Communion and Sharing: We believe in sharing of thoughts and feelings amongst us and with those that we serve.


  1. Formation and Mission

Goal “Contribute to adequately prepared and strategically deployed consecrated Women witnessing Christ”.

  1. Family and Youth

Goal “Contribute to strengthening the positioning the role of religious women for effective family and youth ministry”.

  1. Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation

Goal “Contribute to strengthened involvement of religious women in JPIC issues.”

  1. Organisation Development

Goal “An organization that is competent and adequately resourced and capable of sustainably delivering its mandate”.

  1. Monitoring and Evaluation at all levels