Christ the King Parish, Kamuw’ongo which is in the northern deanery of the diocese is now under the pastoral care of Holy Ghost Fathers. Holy Ghost fathers is a congregation of priests in the Catholic Church. They are also referred to as congregation of Holy Spirit or Spiritans. Christ the King Parish Kamuw’ongo was started as missionary parish under C.M.I Fathers in 1999. Fr. Anthony vadakara was the first missionary father.
During the official handing over ceremony on 10th February 2019 at the parish grounds, His Grace Anthony Muheria who is the Archbishop of Nyeri and Apostolic Administrator to Diocese of Kitui, requested the Holy Ghost Fathers’ to continue with the good work of Evangelization which was started by Holy Ghost missionaries long time ago here in Kitui. “As we look back, we are very grateful for the first missionaries who arrive in our land Kitui, the Holy Ghost missionaries and celebrated the very first mass in Museve, where we are currently building a shrine of our Mother Mary.” Archbishop explained.
He too welcomed the new Spiritans who will be working at Kamuw’ongo; Rev. Fr. Joseph Kioko the parish priest and Fr. David Opondo, the assistant parish priest.
Rev. Fr. John Mbinda, who is the superior General (Holy Ghost Fathers) in Kenya and south Sudan applauded the diocese of Kitui for giving them an opportunity to continue the missionary work of evangelization in Kamuwongo. He requested for good collaboration between the clergy, religious and the laity. “We must work together to ensure that we fulfil Christ’s mission of evangelization,” He said.
The handing over ceremony was also sandwiched by the official launching of the Diocesan Lenten Campaign which begun with a procession from Kamuw’ongo bridge to the church. This year’s theme is “Uniting, healing and renewal of our nation” Echoing this year’s Lenten theme, Archbishop Muheria urged all to respect the rule of law, stand firm in fighting corruption, work for National unity and safeguard families.
The colorful event was also attended by a number of clergy and religious from Kitui diocese, representatives from Holy Ghost fathers, Vicar General/Financial administrator, Bishops Executive secretary, Laity and political representatives.