McCauley's association with AMECEA transitioned in 1973 with his appointment as secretary general.
The theme of the 1973 plenary session, "Planning for the Church in Africa in the 1980s," illustrated where McCauley hoped to take AMECEA in the immediate future.
The project's importance became evident in 1977, when a new department of religious education, headed by Christian Brother Richard Kiley, was added to the AMECEA organization.
In August 1979 Vincent McCauley stepped aside as secretary general of AMECEA and was replaced by his chosen protege, Father Joseph Mukwaya of Uganda.
After the work of various committees concluded that the project was viable, AMECEA took responsibility for the effort, placing McCauley, with his vast previous experience as a fund-raiser, in charge of the development efforts.
1, AMECEA Secretariat Correspondence (misfiled), ADFP.
5, AMECEA Correspondence; Regulations of the UEC Secretariat, September 15, 1969, 210, UEC Regulations and Statutes; Meeting Minutes Uganda Episcopal Conference, October 21, 1970, 202.
AMECEA History, Archives Association of Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (hereafter AAMECEA), Nairobi, Kenya.
After a few years the system broke down, requiring other means to finance AMECEA operations.