Bishop Barbara passed away on Friday morning at his residence and his body was taken to Star hospital mortuary in Malindi.
In his message, the Archbishop of Mombasa Most Rev. Martin Kivuva wrote, “It is with deep sorrow and grief that we announce the passing on of the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Barabara, who was the bishop of Malindi. He passed on this morning. Let us join the clergy, the religious and the lay faithful of Malindi as we mourn and pray for the repose of his soul. May his soul rest in peace. May Almight God Rest his soul in Eternal Peace.”
Bishop Barbara’s funeral Mass is scheduled for 18th, January 2018 in Malindi. According to a letter signed by the KCCB General Secretary Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Rono, The venue and time will be communicated later. There after his remains will be flown to Malta for Burial.
He was born in Gzira Malta on October 27th, 1949. He joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin and took his solemn profession on 26 September 26th, 1966.
In 1973 he was ordained to the diaconate and a year later on July 20, he was ordained priest. Until 2008, he served as a priest in the Diocese of Malindi. He also served as Provincial Minister of the Maltese Capuchin Province.
In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Bishop of Malindi in Kenya and was consecrated on October 1st, 2011, by His Eminence John Cardinal Njue.
On November 1st, 2013, he was appointed as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Mombasa after the see fell vacant following the resignation of Archbishop Boniface Lele.
He studied Philosophy and Theology at the I.N.S.E.R.M. (a Maltese Institute for Consecrated Life)
He obtained a Licentiate (S.Th.L) in Moral Theology from the Academia Alphonsiana in Rome (1976 – 1978)
He obtained a Doctorate (S.Th.D) in Moral Theology from the Academia Alphonsiana in Rome (1990 – 1995)