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  • His Grace presenting trophy to Our Lady of Mercy, Mutomo Girls as the most disciplined and clean school during the diocesan Education day celebrations.
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The Church in Kenyan mourn Bishop Colin Davies

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.

Give dialogue a chance, Catholic Bishops appeal

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.”
  

Youth as agents of Mercy

The Catholic Diocese of Kitui had great day with the youth at St. Michaels School for the deaf grounds as they celebrated their annual Diocesan youth mass. The event had brought together over 3000 youth across the diocese.

In his homily, the bishop asked the young people to be agents of mercy wherever they are.  He reminded them to practice acts of mercy like visiting the prisoners, the sick, those encountering various difficulties as well helping the less privileged in the society.  He urged the youth to awaken and remember that to be a catholic is good. “Kuwa Mcatho ni poa.” He said.

Giving an example of a student from St. Charles Lwanga who collected Kshs 10,000 during a school fund drive and took it to the principal, the bishop requested the youth to be honest in their lives.  

“Our God is merciful to all, let’s all ask for Gods mercy and forgiveness wherever we do wrong.” He urged the youth. 

He reminded the youth about the capital sins pride, Gluttony, Lust, envy, anger and jealousy.  He encouraged the youths not to depreciate their values on earth and more so in the church. He asked them to be prayerful.

The youth chaplain Fr. Paul Mutemi reminded them to be vigilant for they are Christ’s guard.

The Nairobi band entertained the youth. The speakers who talked about their lives inspired so many youths by narrating how they faced challenges in life but had great hope and finally are living a good life after their struggles. The speakers included Mustafa, Patrick and Catherine. 

Bishop Muheria Launches Media Campaign

His Lordship, Rt. Rev. Anthony Muheria has launched a Catholic Media Campaign named Simama Na Askofu at the Kitui Pastoral Centre during the Diocesan Pastoral Council.

The aim is to help our Bishop Preach unity ahead of 2017 polls through our Radio(Thome) & more so to sustain the Catholic Media in Kenya.

To Subscribe please send the word THOME to 20231. This is applicable only to Safaricom Lines

All Catholic stations & newspapers nationally are running the campaign under their own names but under the same number.

For Queries please contact our priests (Kitui Diocese) or any Radio Thome staff. 
God bless you

Nairobi Street named Cardinal Otunga

The Government of Kenya through Nairobi County has named one of the Nairobi streets after the Servant of God Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga in cognisant of virtues that he stood for.

Speaking during the unveiling of Cardinal Otunga Road near the Holy Family Minor Basilica adjacent to City Hall Annex, His Eminence John Cardinal Njue thanked the County Government of Nairobi under the leadership of the Governor, Dr. Evans Kidero for naming a section of the street after the Servant of God, saying he is a moral icon worth of the honour.

“May the street prompt us to emulate Cardinal Otunga’s exemplary life of prayerfulness and humility, may his intercession merit the city of Nairobi and the entire country, Gods protection and abundant blessing. Cardinal Otunga will continue to speak to the people of Nairobi and to all Kenyans through his great virtues of courage, good cheer, care and concern for others.”  Cardinal Njue Said.

His Eminence prayed for all Kenyan leaders to shun tribalism and racism and to bring unity in the country in order to leave a meaningful heritage for the generations to come just as Cardinal Otunga who stood for honesty, simplicity and care for the less fortunate in the society.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Nairobi County said his office recognized the Servant of God as a spiritual hero since he left the World a better place than he found it and the least they could do was to name a street after him.

Kidero called on leaders to be caring and just as Cardinal Otunga, adding that, such deeds would bring prosperity for the nation. He condemned acts of bribery and corruption among some leaders whom he said destroys the Country.

Echoing Cardinal Njues sentiments, the Governor called on Kenyans to be united before and after elections as the country prepare for the next general elections in August 2017. “We are Kenyans after election, but before, we retreat to tribal cocoons. Do not let elections divide us. Be one.” He said

Cardinal Otunga died on 6 September 2003 at the age of 80 having served the Catholic Church for over fifty years. His beatification cause begun in 2009 and the informative process at the diocesan level was concluded and the results were communicated to the congregation of the courses of the saints in Rome.

Kenyan Bishops join in the fight against corruption

The Catholic Church in Kenya through her Catholic, Justice and Peace Commission and various arms has joined the Government in the war against corruption.

In a memorandum handed over to His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta on 2nd, November, 2016 at State House, Nairobi, the Bishops said the Church is escalating the war against corruption by writing a book on how to fight corruption besides implementing various programmes to combat graft.

The handbook whose content is based on promotion of virtues and ethics informed by the social teachings of the Catholic Church, points out that corruption rotates a round a society that has lost values and virtues hence the need to restore dignity in both public and private sectors.

The move to write the book was prompted by the many cases and allegations of corruption where Billions of public funds meant for development projects have been misappropriated and by President Kenyatta's call to Kenyans that fighting Corruption is a collective responsibility.

The Bishops proposed to President Kenyatta to intervene in the recent spate of matters concerning corruption by ensuring that, investigation of public officers adversely mentioned or suspected to be misappropriating public funds for their own personal gain.

"Any officer adversely mentioned and implicated in graft ought to step aside even as investigations proceed. There should be conclusion to investigations and actual convictions for those found guilty. You must hold responsible relevant officers that have been appointed to fight corruption which is not only a crime but a moral wrong." The Bishops said.

The Memorandum was presented to the president at State House by His Eminence John Cardinal Njue, The Chairman of Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) and the Bishop of Homabay Rt. Rev. Philip Anyolo, KCCB Vice Chairman and the Bishop of Ngong Rt. Rev. John Obala Owaa, Bishop of Kitui Rt. Rev. Anthony Muheria, Rt. Rev. Alfred Rotich and The KCCB General Secretary Vey Rev. Fr. Daniel Rono.

Integrity should be beyond reproach

The nominees for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) selection panel have been urged to discharge their duties with integrity in order to give Kenyans a credible electoral body.

While expressing confidence and trust in the nine members at Ufungamano during a prayer meeting, religious leaders and civil society actors under the auspices of the Multi-Sectoral Forum (MSF) reminded the nine nominees that the future of elections in hinges on the critical decisions they are going to make during the vetting process "We congratulate you on your selection and appreciate the mammoth task before you. We trust in your ability and dedication for the service to our nation through this crucial exercise. We are fully behind you and we shall continue to accord you the necessary support to ensure that the selection process is carried out seamlessly to the honour of God and all Kenyans" said Sheikh Adan Wachu, Chairman Inter-Religious Council of Kenya. 

Catholic Bishop Alfred Rotich underlined the high expectations on the panel "Kenyans expect that this team will be truthful honest and courageous to the course, we know that integrity comes from God and if they rely on the help of God, certainly they should be able to discharge the mandate bestowed on them" said Bishop Rotich.

The nine who include the nominees representing religious groups Mrs. Bernadette Musundi, Rev. Canon Peter Karanja, Prof. Abdulghafur El-Busaidy, Bishop (Dr.) David Oginde and Mr. Rajesh Rawal and the nominees of the Parliamentary Service Commission, Evans Monari, Mary Karen Kigen-Sorobit, Rtd Justice Tom Mbaluto and Ogla Chepkemoi Karani, further received the backing from the civil society actors. "We wish you well and we will continue to support you. We hope you will give us IEBC commissioners of integrity in public service who have the courage to resist the allure of corruption" said Suba Churchill from the Civil Society Reference Group.  

In appreciating the role played by the church in spearheading the electoral reforms ahead of 2017 general elections, Churchill compared the critical role played by the church to the past struggles of democratic reforms in Kenya "In 1997, we were convened by Bishop Philip Sulumeti at Safari Park Hotel, as we were negotiating the Constitution of Kenya review Act and once again you men and women of God have been called upon to provide leadership in a process that will move this country forward which is a manifestation of the hope that society places on you" he affirmed.

On behalf of the Multi-Sectoral Forum, Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) Deputy General Secretary Fr. Lucas Ong'esa reaffirmed the commitment of the group in supporting the process of selecting a credible IEBC team "We will continue to journey with you not only in prayers, but as a technical team, we will be ready and available to provide advice, and any other materials that you may need in your work, so feel free to consult us" noted Fr. Ong'esa

 

Courtesy of Waumini news

Couples have been urged to embrace and promote the use of Natural Family Planning (NFP) in child spacing.

Couples have been urged to embrace and promote the use of Natural Family Planning (NFP) in child spacing.

Speaking at a Nairobi hotel during the African Regional Conference on Families on 23rd, September, 2016, The Vice Chairman for Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) – Family Life National office Rt. Rev. Alfred Rotich said that there is need to restore sexual sanity and morality to give marriage and family their rightful places and dignity adding that there is no better method of family planning than NFP for the 21st century and beyond.
 
Bishop Rotich emphasized that, NFP is the best way of life by which society is assured of strengthening the institution of marriage, building up the human family, and nurturing children. "NFP is a method that respects the dignity of man, woman and life." He said.
 
He observed that the greatest benefit of NFP is that it calls for the same traits that are fundamental for marriage as a whole noting that, any teaching of NFP is always within the context of enhancing marriage, strengthening family bonds, promoting responsible parenthood as well as the respect for temporal life from conception to natural death. "Any method of child spacing that fails to see that children are a gift from God is wrong. It is important to delight in the reality that children are indeed a gift of the Lord" He said
 
The World Health organization recognizes NFP as the safest method of spacing births. It also has the added advantage of helping couples to achieve pregnancy and even pre-selecting the sex of the baby. The African Regional Conference on Families brought together about 200 participants from Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, USA and Rome to deliberate on the issues affecting the family. 

Bishops and Priests trained on dispensation of sacrament of penance

11 Bishops and more than 70 Priests drawn from the Catholic Dioceses of Kenya and Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) have been empowered to be more pastoral in administering the sacrament of penance during this extraordinary year of mercy.

The empowerment programme took place during the Seminar on the works of the Apostolic Penitentiary (one of the Apostolic Tribunals whose competency is limited to the internal forum and granting of indulgences) held at Donum Dei spiritual Centre, Nairobi from 12th
 – 15th, September, 2016  

The seminar was conducted by Regent of Apostolic Penitentiary H.E. Msgr. Krzysztof Nykiel and official of Apostolic Penitentiary Rev. Fr. Dr. Robert Lezohupski OFMConv from Vatican where Bishops and Priests were enlightened on how to be prepared to effectively be witnesses and servants of Gods mercy in administering the sacrament of penance  to God's people so that each one in this year mercy  may open up to be transformed, converted and come closer to Jesus and church and to experience peace with God and with each other.

In an interview with Waumini News Today, the Vice Chairman of The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) and the Chairman of Canon Law National Office Rt. Rev. John Oballa Owaa, it was very important for pastors to reflect on the apostolic penitentiary that grants dispensation and absolution of certain sins that are reserved, adding that, it was in line with the spirit of Amoris Laetitia (joy of love) on how pastors consciously and consistently give care to people of God.

"There are those who feel abandoned and neglected by the church on account of their state of life, those who are divorced, living in other unions, those who cannot receive Holy Communion for one reason or another, they should feel part and parcel of the family despite the challenges and spiritual difficulties that they face." Bishop Oballa said.

Bishop Oballa added that, the more priests realize and contemplate on the ministry and mystery of Gods mercy, the more they will be available, attentive and welcoming to Gods people.
He expressed gratitude to the Vatican officials for conducting the seminar in Kenya being the first time in Africa.

New members of St. Joseph Devotion

40 Catholic Mens Association (CMA) members were enrolled on 14th September to the devotion of St. Joseph at Kiio parish by Very Rev Fr Mwongela. Thanks our Vicar General 1 for the visit and words of encouragement to all. Congratulations to the newly enrolled St. Joseph members.

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