By Rose Achiego
Newly appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan, His Excellency Archbishop Hubertus Matheus Maria van Megen is expected to jet into the country on Saturday, 4th, May, 2019 at 6.30 pm.
According to the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) General Secretary, Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Rono, Archbishop Van Megen will be received by KCCB Chairman, Most Rev. Philip Anyolo, Nairobi Archbishop, His Eminence John Cardinal Njue and Nyeri Archbishop Most Rev. Anthony Muheria. They will be accompanied by members of the clergy, religious Women and leaders of Catholic Men Association (CMA), Catholic Women Association (CWA) and choir members from the Archdiocese of Nairobi.
Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Van Megen as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya on 15th, February, 2019. A month later on 22nd, March, 2019, Archbishop Van Megen was named as Apostolic Nuncio to South Sudan, meaning he will serve concurrently in the two countries just like his predecessor, Archbishop Charles Balvo who in September 2018 was redeployed to serve as Apostolic Nuncio to the Czech Republic.
Archbishop Van Megen, 58, has previously served as Apostolic Nuncio to Sudan and Eritrea. He also served as a Chargé d’ Affaires in Malawi between from 2010 to 2014.
Born on October 4, 1961 in Eygelshoven, Netherlands, Archbishop Van Megen was ordained priest on June 13, 1987, having completed his studies at the diocesan seminary of Rolduc. After ordination he served in parishes in Nieuweinde and Schaesberg in the Diocese of Roermond and later entered the Holy See’s diplomatic service where he served in Eritrea and Sudan, Brazil, Slovakia, Israel and Malawi.