Catholic Diocese of Kitui celebrated notable growth in faith on 8th September 2021 through the official opening of St. Josephs Voo Parish by the Vicar General Very Rev. Fr. John Mwandi on the Feast of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Voo is now the 30th Parish in the diocese of Kitui and the first to be established under the leadership of His lordship Rt. Rev. Joseph Mwongela and it’s curved from Mutomo, Zombe and Mbitini parishes with 21 outstations.
In his homily, the vicar general urged all the people to fully dedicate themselves to the work of the Lord, support the parish as well as use the house of God purposely to reach out to other people who do not know God as to know Him better. He informed the faithful of the new parish that the administration of sacraments will be done without any difficulties since the services of evangelization and Gospel have been brought closer to the people. Expounding on the Gospel, he challenged the families to ensure that through the word of God they bring change to all so that they may fulfil the mission of Christ. “The gospel should change your families to have unity, love and fulfil the Mission of Christ,” he said
He also encouraged all to be witnesses of Christ through acts of mercy and word with a taste of Christ to build about the Kingdom of God.
In a decree read by the Southern deanery dean Rev. Fr. Peter Muvea, Rev. Fr. Dominic Kamwilwa was appointed as the first parish priest and Rev. Fr. Japheth Nyagah as the assistant parish priest. The two servants of the Lord were handed over to the new parish council by the Vicar General in a jovial cheer.
Rev. Fr. George Marete, parish priest, Mutomo parish who was the key pillar behind the construction of the parish priests mission house, appreciated all the people of good will who have been supporting the project and promised that as Mutomo parish they are ready to support the new parish if any need arises. He urged the faithful of Voo parish to work closely with the priests and parish council in a bid to take it to the next level.
Fr. Dominic Kamwilwa, parish priest Voo parish, promised to go extra miles in ensuring that together with his assistant they evangelize effectively to the people of voo.
During the opening of the parish, the vicar general blessed the priests’ house and appreciated the good work done by the faithful and the clergy in ensuring that they put up the mission house. He said that once a parish is opened, it brings too many developments to the community
The event was attended by clergy & religious, Laity, government & political leaders.