His Lordship Rt. Rev. Joseph Mwongela has called upon all the faithful to be strong in faith and fully stand for the church as well as support it.
Addressing the faithful during the official opening and dedication of St. Michael Mwambiu Catholic Church on 3rd October 2020, the bishop urged the faithful to fully support the church and have unity as they continue doing the will of God and be soldiers of faith. “Have unity and dedication as you continue doing the will of God guided by the archangels and especially St. Michael the Archangel who is the patron saint of this church,” He said
The initiative of putting up a new church for Mwambiu was conceptualized in December 2018 and actualized in May 2019 during a mega fundraising led by Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma which saw collection of 6.5Million Kenyan shillings. The fundraising started with Holy Mass which was presided over by the then Apostolic Administrator of Kitui Diocese, Most Rev. Anthony Muheria and later on laid a foundation stone which symbolized official commencement of the construction process.
The bishop appreciated the project committee for the good utilization and accountability of the resources and funds allocated for the construction of the church. He urged all the people to learn a lot from the project committee and avoid greediness and be in the front line to fight corruption which has been a challenging menace everywhere.
Joseph Mwongela advised the youth to be focused and improve the backgrounds they come from as well as making them better by helping each other. “Once you are blessed, bless others and transform them. We should be generous whenever we are blessed by God. Be like St. Francis of Assisi who loved the universe which is our common home, let’s love one another and protect each other,” he urged.
He challenged Men in the church to take full charge of the families and be responsible. “Men wake up and protect your families, take full charge and commit yourself,” said Bishop Mwongela
Reiterating on his words after episcopal ordination, bishop Mwogela promised to work closely with the priests and the laity apostolate to ensure that the mission of Christ of evangelization is fulfilled by moving the diocese forward.
Rev. Fr. Bernard Kimuli who is the father –in- charge of Nuu parish, informed the faithful that a church is not just a structure but the faithful who worship in the church and therefore their faith must be in line with the magnificent church. “Have unity and continue building faith to ensure that you help each other to grow spiritually. We must have one common goal of evangelization,” he said.
Cs Monica Juma appreciated all her friends for their marvelous support in ensuring that the faithful of Mwambiu have a magnificent place of worship. He challenged the professionals of Nuu to come together and think of putting up a modern priest’s house.
Rev. Fr. Benjamin Maswili who is the apostolic administrator of Military Ordinariate echoed the words of the father in charge and urged the faithful to stay strong in faith and own up the church by supporting it.
The dedication ceremony was attended by Military Ordinariate Apostolic Administrator, Clergy, and Religious, lay people, Cs. Ministry of Defence, CAS Ministry of Defence, PS ministry of Defence, government leaders among other dignitaries.