Archbishop elect of Nyeri Most Rev. Anthony Muheria has expressed gratitude to Pope Francis and the people involved in his appointment process for considering him worthy to lead the flock in the Archdiocese of Nyeri.
In an interview with Waumini Communications, Archbishop elect Anthony Muheria said, “it is a great sign of trust that the Lord has shown through The Holy Father, the Nuncio and all those who considered it worthy that I serve in Nyeri Archdiocese.”
Bishop Muheria who received the news of his appointment with shock and surprise said, his expectation was that, Pope Francis would appoint a Bishop for Machakos Diocese where he has been serving as an Apostolic Administrator.
“I have been praying and hoping that the Holy Father will appoint a Bishop for Machakos Diocese” He said
Though heartbroken to leave the people of Kitui, Bishop Muheria expressed his love for the Archdiocese of Nyeri adding that he is looking forward to learn and work together with the Priests and the people of Nyeri in continuing the work of the current Archbishop.
“Nyeri is a diocese that I have a great love for, I am in touch with Archbishop Peter Kairo who nurtured me as a young priest. I am glad that the Lord has sent me there and I am looking forward to work together with the people there.” He said.
Bishop Muheria together with the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan Charles D. Balvo and Nyeri Archbishop Peter Kairo are now planning for an official visit to meet the priests and the faithful of Nyeri ahead of his installation which will be communicated at a later date.
Pope Francis has appointed His Lordship Rt. Rev. Anthony Muheria to head the Archdiocese of Nyeri. The episcopal appointment was made public in an announcement sent to bishops and archbishops in the country yesterday. Bishop Muheri is currently serving as the Bishop of Kitui and Apostolic Administrator, Catholic Diocese of Machakos.
"On behalf of the Apostolic Nuncio, I have the honour and pleasure to inform you that Pope Francis has appointed the Right Reverend Anthony Muheria as Archbishop of Nyeri," stated the communication addressed to all archbishops and bishops in the country. His appointment comes in following the retirement of Archbishop Peter Kairo. After attaining the retirement age of 75 years in September last year, Archbishop Kairo wrote to the Vatican seeking to leave office.
Bishop Muheria will officially take charge after he receives the pallium, which according to United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, "is a sign of office in the Latin Church worn by the pope and by metropolitan archbishops. "It is a white woolen band formed into a circle, which lies over the shoulders, with bands extending down the front and the back."
Some of the major projects done by Bishop Muheria in Kitui include and not limited to are: Opening of St. Teresas Catechetical Centre, St. John Paul II institute of Professional studies, Ongoing construction of Our Lady of Protection shrine, Museve, St. John Eudes Rehabilitation centre, Radio Thome, Primary Premium Program, Opening of two parishes (Mbondoni and Museve) and also construction of churches/mission houses among others.
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It was pomp and colour as hundreds of Catholic youth from across the dioceses in Kenya converged at the National Youth Centre for the National Youth Mass, under the theme, For he who is mighty has done great things for me, and Holy is his name. Luke 1:49
The annual celebration was marked with a procession led by youth band from the archdiocese of Kisumu followed by the mass servers, the priests and finally the Archbishop. Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth of Kisumu was the main celebrant.
In his homily, Archbishop Okoth told the young to worship only God and they will forever remain happy. He cautioned the youth not to accept to be misled by the politicians in perpetrating violence. He urged the youth to say no to violence and be custodians of peace. God didn’t create bad tribes, all of them are good but we only blackmail them said Archbishop Okoth urging the young people to be firm in their faith in Christ and extend their love to all. He reminded them that they have a lot of energy which can be geared towards the development of the Catholic faith as well as assisting those who are in need especially the sick, aged and those who are physically challenged
He also informed them that the whole Church was represented at the function through all the vocations; marriage life, religious life and priesthood. He called on the youth to be committed so they can live either of the vocation of the church through God’s guidance. “The good vocation will lead you and is very important because it is pleasing to God and you must live for God, love God and neighbor to earn heaven. As young men imitate St. Joseph, husband to Mary and Young girls imitate Mary who was the first to listen to the word of God and said yes without questions.” He said. He further stressed that all the vocations are important in the Church and none was superior to the other.
Special appreciation to Rev. Frs. Paul Mutemi, Patrick Mwavu, Michael Ngunia and Seminarian Joseph Musee who accompanied the youth from Kitui. God bless you.
Diocese of Kitui, Justice and peace says thank you for your generous contribution for Lenten Campaign 2016. whatever you gave touched a life. God bless you
Caritas Kenya Drought response team together with the Caritas Kitui staff Donated food stuff and clothes to the displaced families from Sosoma/Mwanzele sub locations in Kitui County due to the ongoing clashes between the Kambas and pastoralists from Garissa County over water and Pasture. The donations were given out to Caritas Drought Appeal during the Lenten Campaign Launch held on 25th February at University of Nairobi Grounds.
About 100 families have fled their homes and are living in the bush around Sosoma and have neither shelter nor food to eat. The elderly, the sickly, children and the mothers are suffering and are in need of assistance with basic necessities such as food, water and medicine.
The conflict has been triggered by the continued drought which has forced pastoralists from Garrissa County to move into the densely forested Sosoma area with their livestock.
For Five days in February 2017, three Spanish artists visited Kitui Diocese to paint several murals with different religious motif in the parishes of Holy Family parish, Kabati and St.Patrick's Mutune.
The work of the team composed of Miguel Aranguren, his brother Gabriel and his nephew Alvaro Aranguren. Their work was highly praised by the parish priests and the faithful. Thanks for your wonderful work.
Kenyan Bishops and the Catholic Diocese of Ngong learned with sadness the demise of Rt. Rev Colin Davies a Mill Hill Missionary (MHM) who died peacefully on the evening of Sunday 8th January at Herbart House in England, London.
In an exclusive interview, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) Apostolic Administrator and the Bishop of Ngong Rt. Rev John Obala Owaa eulogized the late Bishop Davies, as a great pastor who served God and his people with a lot of dedication and simplicity.
Bishop Obala said the diocese of Ngong continues to build on the foundation that was laid by the late Bishop Davies. “He spent half of his years in Ngong diocese and therefore initiated many projects and ordained most of the priests that are serving in the diocese”. He said
He said that the Diocese of Ngong has organized a requiem Mass on Friday, 20th, January, 2017 at St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral to pray for the soul of Bishop Davies and to console his family, relatives, friends, the faithful whom he ministered to and the Mill Hill Fathers.
Bishop Obala who has invited all the Bishops, the clergy and the faithful to participate in the requiem Mass said the celebration in Kenya will coincide with the requiem Mass which will be on Friday 20th January 11.00 am at Herbart House followed by the burial at a private cemetery in England, London.
Meanwhile, according to information retrieved from AMECEA social communications office, the late Rt. Rev Colin Davies, published two books through Paulines PublicationMission to the Maasai and From Pilot to Pastoral Bishopwhich he launched on April 15th, 2014 in Ngong.
In the book From Pilot to Pastoral Bishop, Bishop Colin narrated his missionary journey from the military where he worked as a Pilot. He was born in Spain in 1924, joined Royal Air Force (RAF), in England in 1942 and qualified as a Royal Air Force Pilot on the 27th of March, 1945. He recalls serving the British army in the World War II as a pilot without having to drop a single bomb.
He said the war experience impacted on the young RAF officer. Interactions with his fellow officers led him to discern their lack of knowledge of the Christian faith, and he accepted the likelihood of becoming a lay catechist. However, the influence of an uncle, a priest in the Archdiocese of Westminster, ultimately led Davies to commit his life to God as a priest of the Mill Hill Missionaries.
Ordained a Priest in 1952. He spent seven years at the Mill Hill College in Liverpool. In 1959 he was appointed to the then Prefecture Apostolic of Ngong, and spent the remainder of his priestly life there. He became Prefect Apostolic of Ngong in 1964, and was consecrated Bishop in 1977.
In 2002 Colin Davies celebrated his Golden Jubilee as a priest and Silver Jubilee as a Bishop and during this year his resignation as Bishop was finally accepted and was succeeded by Bishop Cornelius Schilder MHM.
In 2003 his generous service in the diocese was officially recognized when he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to rural development and the local community in Kenya. This was an award that the Bishop insisted was given to him as the figure head but it recognized the tremendous work done over the years by many other great people.
In 2013 ill-health forced him to retire to England where he died at 92.
The Catholic Bishops in Kenya once more appeal to both Government and Opposition to urgently embrace dialogue for the good of the Country. This call comes after His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the Election Amendment Act 2016 despite strong rejection by the opposition and other organizations.
In a press statement signed by Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops Chairman Rt. Rev. Philip Anyolo and all the bishops, the bishops believe that there is still room for Kenyans to dialogue, expressing readiness to mediate and facilitate the process in conjunction with other religious leaders and people of good will.
“We wish to make a passionate appeal, for sobriety, to give dialogue a chance in order to reach a consensus and harmonious resolution that embraces divergent views of all Kenyans.” The statement read in part.
The Bishops also appealed to all stakeholders to do everything possible to ensure a peaceful and credible forthcoming 2017 elections that will also guarantee that all processes are fair, inclusive and transparent.
The Bishops in their statement reiterated that, many social-political problems the Country faces, would be resolved mutually through continuous engagement in meaningful dialogue.
“We sincerely believe that demonstrations and mass action should give way to this process of dialogue. While it is constitutional to picket, and demonstrate, we know that in the process lives are lost, people injured and property destroyed.”