The Arch diocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
The partnership between the Catholic Diocese of Kitui and The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was officially unveiled on October 30, 2005, at the Kitui Cathedral in the presence of hundreds of faithful in the diocese of Kitui and the visiting delegation of 16 members from the St. Paul Minneapolis, Minnesota.
On this Sunday, the Christians from both sides of the world witnessed the unveiling of the Vision and Mission statement that had been adopted by both partners during a joint meeting on previous day.
The St. Paul and Minneapolis Delegation had been in a two week visit in the diocese, where they visited/ stayed in the parishes like Kyuso, Ikutha, Kanyangi, Nguutani, Boma, Endau, Mutomo, among others.
However, the history of this partnership goes back to August 2004, when the then Bishop of Kitui (now Archbishop of Mombasa) His Grace Bonface Lele led a delegation to St. Paul and Minneapolis.
For some time back, the diocese of Kitui had been working towards establishing international partnerships with external parishes/ Dioceses.
With support from the Catholic Relief Services (CRS); the diocese found a partner; the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, who coincidentally, had been on the same road of Global Solidarity Partnership programmes since 2001.
This saw the formalizing of the partnership on October 14th, 2004, at Cannon falls, which was witnessed by His Grace Most Rt. Rev. Archbishop Harry Flynn of the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and (the then Bishop of Kitui) His Grace Most Rev. Archbishop Boniface Lele, among others.
It was from this formalization of the partnership that led to another visit by a 16 strong - member delegation from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Minnesota, led by Fr. James Perkl of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Hastings) Parish to Kitui on mid October 2005 in company of Michelle Born, of CRS, and The Catholic Spirit (Archdiocesan Publication) Editor, Joe Towalski.
From the vision and mission statements, the partners then came up with five main objectives; which are:-
To develop closer relationships between the partners
To help each other in strengthening our faith
To share our resources
To create more awareness of this partnership, thus promoting it (intra/ Inter partners)
To visit each other more often, once a year (alternating) Projects and programmes would be developed from the objectives in order to achieve those Objectives.
For instance; in building relationships, the partners would move to interlink the church groups such as establishing pen pals among the children in both sides of the worlds etc.
In strengthening our faith; through Pastoral Programmes, there would be an exchange of catechesis; holding prayer intentions (that may be sent from one partner to the other via channels of communication especially internet); sharing faith experiences such as ways of life in SCCs/ Evangelization Christian Communities, etc
Sharing Resources: major issues
On sharing of resources; it was noted that Education and Water were major problems faced by both partners; For instance, while St. Paul and Minneapolis is endowed with untold water masses, including the largest river Mississippi in the world, the mismanagement of the same has been a problem. On the other hand, Kitui is rocked with lack of the resource. Thus, partners could exchange ideas, programmes and projects on this common front.
In education; both partners would for instance, cover 5 catholic schools and 5 parishes within the diocese/ Archdiocese within next one year in sacramental exchange programme.
The resources need to be material, can also include sharing of cultures, Music etc.
In creating awareness, each partner would undertake means, based on the available technology and structures, to create awareness within the diocese/ Archdiocese.
And between them, they would share publications, and audio visuals, while maintaining constant channels of communication, either directly (through internet/ teleconferencing (if Possible)) or through facilitation of CRS.
Lastly as a way of coming closer to each other, the partners agreed to be visiting each other regularly, once a year, but in alternation. For example, a delegation from St. Paul Minneapolis visited Kitui in 2005, Kitui Delegation would Visited St. Paul and Minneapolis in 2006, and the Diocese hosted visitors from Minnesota in 2007.
In order to achieve the above; Kitui Diocese set up 5 subcommittees based on each objective, who in turn make up the partnership team in Kitui. The sub-committees are:
Planning, sending and receiving delegates
Promotion and awareness
The members of the sub- committee (and thus partnership team) represent various church groups in Kitui, including the secretariat.
The executive committee is made up of 7 members; the chairperson; secretary and the five chairpersons of the five subcommittees.
Among the notable achievements of this partnership so far was the participation in the world women Conference in New York by Agnes Musili, the then CWA chairlady (Kitui); Secretary ? CWA (Kenya) in May 2006, Courtesy of extended invitation by our partners in St. Paul and Minneapolis.
The famine intervention initiative in Mutomo and Mutha Divisions, a supplementary feeding programme implemented in combined conjunction with the by the partners and CRS ? Kenya.
In addition, are water projects such as ?tankering? project that was in Ikutha, south of Kitui during the dry season and the FRB projects in Nuu parish.
When Kitui delegation visited St. Paul/ Minneapolis, another initiative, ?Harvest of Hope? programme, was unveiled at St. Michael, Farmington, in presence of both delegates and members of partnership team in Minnesota.
In this project, some organizations, and individual members in Minnesota committed their resources to grow corn and Soya beans, whose proceeds (after harvesting and selling) would be used to support projects in Kitui.
During the visit, Kitui delegation was able to present a cultural dance of Kamba people to American audience.
In addition, both sides have been able to exchange gifts from both sides of the continents.
St. Mark Parish Peoria
The Catholic Bishops of USA are the only Bishops who organize and encourage the Missionary Cooperative Plan where Missionaries come to visit USA Parishes and solicit for financial help and other assistance for the Developing and needy Churches. In the other countries especially in Europe one has to go through Diocesan and Episcopal Conference Charity Organizations, which take the responsibility of soliciting for the needed help in their own churches and institutions.
St. Patrick?s Fathers
Up to Mid-1990s St. Patrick?s Missionary Society used to coordinate the Missionary Appeal Program in the USA. The Diocese of Kitui used to write letters requesting for Churches and St. Patrick?s Fathers who have several houses here in USA used to organize the Mission Appeal Program and invite somebody from Kitui to come and help in visiting the allocated Churches.
In the mid ? 1990s, St. Patrick?s Society said that it was not economical to organize and coordinate the Mission Appeal Program for themselves and the Dioceses where they were working. As a diocese, we were therefore asked to find our own way of participating in the Missionary Co-op. Plan in USA without the assistance of the Society.
Fr. DeoGratias Mutafunya
Through the help of the late Fr. Deogratius, we were able to start our Mission Appeal program. He used to collaborate with the various Mission Office Directors and fix dates for the Mission Appeal. Our Priests only came out to visit the Parishes for three to four months then go back to Kenya until the next Mission Appeal Season which is always during the summer.
After five to six years Fr. Deo also declined to continue being our Coordinator and the diocese had to look for another contact person.
St. Mark & Kitui Connection
In the year 1999, Bishop B. Lele through a friend in Nairobi got in touch with Fr. Ben Reese who accepted to help us set a base for our Mission Appeal Program at St. Mark Parish with Betty offering to be our contact person and coordinator. Fr. S. Musili came out for three years during the summer and established our base at St. Marks in Peoria. After Fr. Sammy, we had Fr. Nicholas Maanzo, Fr. Francis Ngungu and Fr. Joe Mwinzi.
Fr. Ben was very supportive to this program and through him; the people of St. Mark Parish feel that the Kitui Mission Program belongs to them! The current pastor Fr. Charles Klamut has taken very particular interest in the program and has been very supportive.
Diocese of Peoria-Kitui Partnership: Current Program
Towards the end of 2002, the Diocese of Peoria entered into a relationship with Kitui Diocese promising to release a Priest to the Diocese of Peoria for a period of three years. The Priest would be posted to St. Mark Parish as a Residence and at times as associate. He has the duty to oversee the Kitui Mission Appeal Program.
Current Programs at St. Mark- MCP Office
The office has got a group of Parishioners known as Kitui Stewardship Committee. These people work and report to St. Mark Parish Council.
1. Kitui Mission Appeal: The priest running the office coordinates the program through the coordinators of pontifical missionary society in various Arch/Dioceses in USA.
2. Child Sponsorship Program: The Parishioners of St. Mark and a few others from other Churches have supported needy children (especially orphans) at various levels of education.
3. Sea Container: The Parishioners of St. Mark have supported the collection of supplies such as medical equipment to assist the needy cases in Kitui. This has happened almost every year since 2005. We are currently fixing a sea container with medical supplies.
4. Water Project: The Parishioners of St. Mark raised more than $ 7000.00 to support the process of digging earth dams in Kitui.
Friends of Kitui ? Nairobi
The Friends of Kitui Diocese, Nairobi (?FOKD?) was formed in 2003 as a key initiative by the then Bishop of Kitui Diocese Right Reverend Bishop Boniface Lele (now Arch Bishop of Mombasa) to involve Catholics from the Diocese working and living in the diaspora (especially Nairobi and Mombasa) to participate in and connect with the affairs of the Diocese.
The group membership is voluntary and there is no fixed contribution per member, we meet every first Sunday of the month at Our Lady Queen of Peace, South B. The monthly meeting also includes faith moments where members reflect on specific spiritual matters and Catholic doctrine.
At quarterly intervals, we have Mass at one of the member?s houses presided over by a priest from the Diocese. The highlight of the year is the annual barbecue, which is normally preceded by Mass, celebrated by the Bishop of Kitui assisted by as many priests from the Diocese as are able to attend. This event provides an avenue for socialization between the members and the clergy from the Diocese.
With the guidance of the Bishop and the Pastoral office, FOKD has over the years identified certain key projects in the Diocese, which it supports either financially or through members? voluntary professional services. The current main project supported by FOKD is the training of catechists from virtually every parish in the Diocese. By April 2010, FOKD had sponsored 191 catechists who had successfully graduated and were working in various parishes. A new class of 37 catechists is undergoing training and is expected to graduate in April 2011. FOKD?s dream is to see each out-station having at least one trained catechist.
FOKD has consistently participated in the annual Diocesan Fundraising through direct financial contribution or indirectly by some of its members accepting to be guests at the event.
FOKD members also serve in various boards of Diocesan institutions like schools, hospitals, polytechnic, Finance Committee, etc. The Diocese also calls upon professionals within FOKD to advise on specific matters on pro bono basis e.g. legal, accounting and financial management, engineering and construction, procurement, etc.
FOKD currently has less than twenty (20) committed members. We invite all Catholics from Kitui Diocese working and living in Nairobi to join us every first Sunday of the month for sharing and connecting with our Mother Diocese. Membership is free and voluntary - any financial contribution is voluntary with no fixed obligation on members.
|After attending a Catechist Graduation Ceremony in April 2010 at St Augustine?s Church, Nguutani, Kitui Diocese||Meeting with His Lordship Anthony Muheria, Bishop of Kitui Diocese at Our Lady Queen of Peace, South B Nairobi.|
|William Maema hails from Mulutu Parish, Tanganyika station. In Nairobi he is a member of Don Bosco, Upper Hill Parish. He is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya currently of 20 years standing. He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) Degree from the University of Cambridge, UK, a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. He is currently the Partner in charge of Commercial Department at Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates. He specialises in Intellectual Property Law, Corporate Law and Employment and NGO work. William is a founder member of FOKD and has been its Chairman since inception. He is also the Chairman of the Boards of Governors for St. Angela?s Secondary School and St. Paul?s Kwa Vonza Secondary School and a Board member of Mutomo Mission Hospital. He is married to Rose and they currently have 4 daughters.|
|Rose Maema is a career teacher. She hails from Tanganyika Station, Mulutu Parish and attends Don Bosco, Upper Hill Parish in Nairobi. She holds a Master of Education (M.Ed) Degree from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) Degree from the same university.
She currently teaches at Kileleshwa Primary School and is one of the founder women members of FOKD. She is married to William Maema and is a member of Don Bosco, Upper Hill Parish.
|Jimmy Katee Mutia is among the founder members of the Group. He is from Boma Parish, St Theresia Station, Kalawa. He has played a leading role in financing and fund raising for the construction of the station?s beautiful church, which stands in the compound of Changwitya Secondary school. While in Nairobi together with his family are members of Don Bosco shrine. Jimmy, a career businessman, is the managing partner with Polarize Enterprises Ltd, a firm that specializing in water well drilling and rehabilitation of boreholes and also in the construction and rehabilitation of dams.
He is married to Cindy Katee and the couple has been blessed with five children.
| Michael Maithya Nzule is a founder member and Treasurer of Friends of Kitui Diocese. He is from Boma Parish, St Mary?s Station, Kwa Ukungu. While in Nairobi together with his family are members of St Paul?s University Chapel. He serves various Diocesan Boards, which include St Ursula Girls (Chairman), Muthale Girls and the Diocesan Finance Committee. Michael is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K) and holds Bachelors of Commerce (Bcomm Accounting) and an MBA in Accounting and Marketing from the University of Nairobi. He has worked with leading consultancy firms specializing in business strategy and corporate performance management. Currently he is a leader in Supplier Performance Management at a leading global beverage company.
Michael is married to Josephine and the couple is blessed with two children.
| Josephine Nzule is a member of FOKD. She is a trained Social Worker and a Secretary, currently working in community service in Nairobi. She has keen interests in working with the less privileged in the society and has worked for various social groups, street children rehabilitation projects in Nairobi, as well as youth and women projects.
She is married to Michael Nzule.
| Samuel Muthui Ikima comes from Kimangao Parish in Kitui Diocese. He spent his childhood years in Kitui where he was an alter-boy and also went to school at the Diocesan Junior seminary and later became a Parish Development Coordinator in his home parish of Kimangao.
A trained Logistician with over 15 years experience with different bilateral organizations and international non-governmental organization. Samuel has a Bachelors degree in Business administration (Kenya Methodist University), Diploma in Business management (Nairobi University Kenya) and a graduate diploma in Purchasing and supplies (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supplies UK). Currently he is a Logistics Coordinator with an International Humanitarian Organisation.
Felix Kikuyu Kimoli is a founder member of FOKD. He hails from Mutune Parish and while in Nairobi, he and his family are members of Don Bosco Shrine. Felix is a Certified Public Accountant. He is the founding member of Taxplan Consulting Limited in 2005 and also the Managing Director. He has a wide range of experience in Auditing, Accountancy and specifically Tax Consulting, acquired over a span of over 20 years with various Audit Firms. Felix also serves in various Boards of the Diocese institutions like St Ursula Girls, St Patrick Mutune (Chairman) and the Diocesan Finance Committee.
He is Married to Miriam Mwende and they have been blessed with two children.
|Miriam Mwende Kimoli is a member of FOKD. She is a trained secretary. She is a Director in charge of the operations at Taxplan Consulting Limited. She has a wide range of experience in Administration and Human Resources Management.|
|Jacinta Mueni has been the Secretary of Group since its inception to date. She hails from Kabaa village, Boma Parish, and in Nairobi she worships at St Paul?s University Chapel. She is a board member of St Charles Lwanga boys School as well as a member of the Diocese Finance Committee.
Professionally she works in Communications Marketing as the Group Production Manager for a group of Companies known as Ogilvy East Africa.
As a practicing Catholic, she is interested in doing her bit to contribute to the growth and development of the Catholic Church with special interest in Kitui Diocese.
|Cosmas Nzioki Mwanza is a founder member and the Vice Chairman of FOKD. He comes from Mulutu Parish and in Nairobi his family is a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace, South B. He is a retired international civil servant having worked for United Nations Environmental Programme, specialising in logistics and airline ticketing. He was trained in London at British Airways College on customer services and airline ticketing. He has work experience from leading Airline and Tours and travel company in Kenya.
He is married and blessed with six children.
|Maurice Mutuku Nzwii is a founder member of Friends of Kitui Diocese?attended the very first meeting convened in Nairobi by His Lordship Boniface Lele in 2003 and has never looked back. He comes from Kabati Station, Holy Family Parish Kabati and in Nairobi; he is a member of Holy Family Minor Basilica and St Michael?s Church Langata. He is also a founder member of Kabati Parish Nairobi Group and an active member of St James Prayer Group?Jumuiya in Langata.
Maurice is married to Alice Mutuku, a teacher at Eastleigh Secondary School and the couple is blessed with two children.
Maurice was educated at St Joseph?s Seminary School Mwingi and attended A levels at Thika High School. Trained in Tourism at Kenya Utalii College, Marketing at The Chartered Institute of Marketing UK and Tourism Management at United States International University. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and currently working as Sales & Reservations Manager at Gamewatchers Safaris & Porini Safari Camps Ltd-Village Market.
|Benjamin Kamanga is a Catholic and a founder member of FOKD.
Professionally, Benjamin is an accountant ? Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (FCPA (K)) and as well a Certified Public Secretary (CPS (K)) and a certified trainer in Corporate Governance by the Commonwealth Association of Corporate Governance.
He holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Strathmore Business School, Strathmore University and Bachelors in Commerce (B.Comm) from the University of Nairobi
Benjamin has over 20 years work experience in business advisory and executive management of businesses.
He is married and the couple has two children.
|Anthony M. Mulila is one of the founder members of FOKD. In Nairobi he is a member of Karen, Our Lady Queen Parish. At home, he is from Kabati Parish, Katheka station.
He is an accountant by profession (retired) and a member of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya. He has an MBA from the University of Henot-Watt, UK.
Anthony is married to Christine Mumbe Mulila, a nurse by profession. They are blessed with three grown up children.
|Nicholas Mulila joined the FOKD team in 2008. He comes from Kabati Parish. While in Nairobi, his family worships at the Consulate Shrine.
Back home, he serves on various committees, including Katheka Boys Secondary School and Muthale Mission hospital boards.
Nicholas is a Certified Public Accountant and Secretary. He holds a Bcomm degree (Accounting) and MBA in Strategy from the University of Nairobi.
He is currently Head of Commercial Planning and Pricing for Safaricom Limited.
He is married to Anne Nyakairu and have been blessed with two children Mark and Veronica.
|Charles Mulila Charles joined FOKD in 2008. He hails from Kabati Parish, Katheka Station. He is an active member of the Kabati Parish group that coordinates various activities for the parish.
In Nairobi, his family is a member of Holy Family Minor Basilica and St Michael?s in Langata. Charles is a journalist and media consultant. He has worked with various media houses in Kenya, and syndicates for a top international news organization. He is member of the Ministry of Labour?s Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) editorial board, where he acts as Vice-chair.
He is a founder member of the Business Journalists Association, Kenya Union of Journalists and ICJ.
Charles is married to Peninna and they have been blessed with two children.
|Robert Kiattu is a founder member of FOKD. He is an Accountant by profession, currently retired from formal employment after working in the private sector for over 30 years. Robert hails from Kasyala station, Mutune Parish. In Nairobi, he and his family belong to Consolata Shrine, Westlands. He is married to Lenah Mutongoi and they have six children and several grandchildren. Robert runs a private business in Nairobi.|
|Lena Mutongoi Kiattu is from Kasyala Station, Mutune Parish. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling from Kenyatta University and an MBA from Newport University, UK. She is currently engaged in private business, having retired from formal employment. She has previously worked for NSSF, University of Nairobi and the National Assembly. She is married to Robert Kiattu and is one of the few grandmothers of FOKD.|
|Paul Saiti Muthui
Paul is a member of St. Stephen?s Catholic Church, Maseki in Mutune Parish, Kitui Diocese. He and his wife are registered members of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, South ?B?, Nairobi. He is a founder member of FOKD.
Paul holds a master?s degree in economics from the University of Barcelona in Spain and a bachelor?s degree in liberal arts from the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. He is a retired civil servant having served as an economist in the ministries of Economic Planning and Education. He retired from the service at the rank of Deputy Chief Economist and Head of the Planning Unit in the Ministry of Education.
Paul has been a member of the Board of Governors (BOGs) for Matinyani, Muthale and Kauma secondary schools. He is currently a member on Mutulu Secondary School BOG. Recently, he was elected a member of the Executive Committee of the newly created Matinyani District. He has been the Chairman of the Nairobi West Civil Servants Estate Association for over 10 years. He holds a Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) awarded by the Government of Kenya for his service to the community.
Paul is married to Teresa Ndingwa Muthui and they have been blessed with four grown up children.
|Teresa Ndingwa Muthui
Teresa is a member of St. Stephen?s Catholic Church, Maseki in Mutune Parish, Kitui Diocese. She and her husband are registered members of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, South ?B?, Nairobi.
Teresa is an old girl of St. Angela?s Girls? Secondary School in Kitui. She has a master?s degree and a bachelor?s degree in education (M.Ed. & B.Ed.) from the University of Nairobi. She has commendation for outstanding performance in the examination leading to the award of the B.Ed degree and also for outstanding performance in a secondary school inspectors? course. She has training in Public Procurement and HIV& AIDS.
Teresa joined the public service as a secondary school teacher and later became an inspector of schools. She has worked in the Ministry of Agriculture as the Head of Home Economics Extension and also as head of AIDS Control Unit. In 2001, she joined the Commission for Higher Education (CHE) as an Assistant Commission Secretary and was deployed as a secretary in the curriculum department. She is currently Head of Procurement in CHE and also Head of AIDS Control Unit for the university sub-sector. She is widely trained both locally and internationally and has been a member of Government delegations to national and international fora. She is a writer of technical reports and manuals.
Teresa is married to Paul Saiti Muthui and is a mother of four (4) grown up children.