Happy International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day to all Women in our society. You are blessings to the world for without you nothing could have existed in this world.

Theme:

โ€œDigitALL: Innovation and Technology for gender equalityโ€

Launch of the 2023 Lenten Campaign at St. Peter’s Minor Seminary Mukumu.

There is no better country than the other, no tribe better than the other. Everyone of us is a child of God. No one chose to be born where we were born. But we all realize, wherever we are, what unites us is the power to make us children of God. God loves us the way we are, where we are, what we are. He wants to save us the way we are – The Bishop of Kakamega, Rt. Rev. Joseph Obanyi Sagwe during the launch of the 2023 Lenten Campaign at St. Peter’s Minor Seminary Mukumu.
The Catholic Mirror – KCCB
Justice & Peace Commission – Catholic Archdiocese of Msa
Catholic Justice and Peace Department – Diocese of Kakamega
Catholic Justice and Peace Commision Department: Maralal Catholic Diocese
Cjpc-Archdiocese of Kisumu

2023 LENT SEASON

Kicking off 40 days of the 2023 Lent Season. This is a season when we are called to pray, fast and engage in acts of charity. This year’s theme of the Lenten Campaign that runs for the 5 weeks of Lent is “Reconciliation for an Inclusive Nation.”

It was jubilation and thanksgiving to God on Saturday 14/1/2023 as the Catholic Church in Kenya witnessed the extraordinary ordination of the first blind priest, Rev Deacon Michael Mithamo King’ori of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nyeri to priesthood.
His is a story of “with God, all things are possible.”

Congratulations

to Fr Michael Mithamo and gratitude to Most Rev Anthony Muheria for granting such a fete of grace.

KENYA: โ€œDonโ€™t Use Force,โ€ Bishop Pante Urges New Bishop of Maralal

By CISA

MARALAL, OCTOBER 25, 2022 (CISA)ย โ€“ It was full of pomp and colour as the faithful of the Catholic Diocese of Maralal gathered at Allamano Grounds, Maralal Town, to witness the auspicious occasion of the consecration and installation of Rt Rev Hieronymus Emusugut Joya IMC, as the second bishop of the diocese on October 23.

โ€œIf you want to lead a family or a village, donโ€™t use the heart, but use the lungs. In other words, donโ€™t be in a hurry. Donโ€™t use force. Jesus was very strong. He was the son of God, the King but only once he was very very strong, when he chased from the temple the traders but otherwise in front of the King, he was like a lamb,โ€ counselled Bishop Virgilio Pante, emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Maralal in his homily during the solemn vespers on October 22.

Bishop Pante used the analogy of how a shepherd guides and gathers the sheep using the crook in a steady path with concern and compassion as he demonstrated to the new bishop how to shepherd the diocese not with authority or power but with love and understanding.

โ€œYou have to tell the truth. Stand for the truth but in a gentle way,โ€ urged Bishop Pante while wishing Bishop Joya good graces on his novel mission, โ€œYou are a servant. A humble servant. I hope the Lord is going to help you to be a servant, a shepherd who loves and gives up his life for the people of the Diocese of Maralal.โ€

Bishop Joya becomes the third Kenyan Consolata Missionary bishop after Bishop Peter Kihara Kariuki IMC of Marsabit and Bishop Anthony Ireri Mukobo IMC of Isiolo. He takes over the diocese from Bishop Pante who was at the helm for over 21 years.

KENYA: Fr Egidio Pedenzini IMC โ€œElder of The Samburu,โ€ Passes On at 83

By Paschal Norbert

SEREOLIPI, OCTOBER 17, 2022 (CISA)ย โ€“ Fr Egidio Pedenzini IMC, a Consolata Missionary has died. Fr Pedenzini parish priest of Sere-Olipi Catholic Mission in the Catholic Diocese of Maralal died on the morning of October 14, 2022, at a Nairobi hospital.

At the time of his death, Fr Pedenzini had celebrated 61 years of religious profession and 55 years as a priest.

Fr Pedenzini was born on June 8, 1939, in Mezzocorona province, Trento, Italy. He made his first profession as a Consolata Missionary on October 2, 1961. In 1964, he made his perpetual profession and was ordained into the diaconate in Turin on June 29, 1966. He was ordained a priest on December 17, 1966, in Mori, Italy.

Fr Pedenzini served the people of Samburu with great dedication and zeal for over 50 years from the year 1968 when he was first missioned at St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Parish Archerโ€™s Post as the assistant parish priest.

He also served in the same capacity as both assistant parish priest and parish priest in South Horr, Baragoi, and Wamba between the years 1970 to 2009.

Fr Cornelio Lomatukae, the assistant parish priest at Sere-Olipi who has served with Fr Pedenzini since 2018 has eulogized the missionary man as brave, courageous, eloquent, and linguistically gifted. He says Fr Pendenzini has contributed so much to the understanding of the Samburu people by authoring so many literary works on their culture.

โ€œHe himself is a masterโ€™s holder in cultural anthropology on the scope of Samburu people. And he has written so many things about the people of Samburu, he knows more about Samburuโ€™s, actually, heโ€™s an elder,โ€ eulogizes Fr Lomatukae in an interview withย CISAย on October 14.

โ€œHe is a wonderful man. I know he is going to be missed by so many people, and actually, he usually used to refer to himself as the king of the northern region because he has worked there for so many years. All of his crystal life, he has worked in northern Kenya,โ€ he adds.

Sere-Olipi Catholic Mission established in 2009 is one of the missions in Samburu County. It is about 1000 km away from Nairobi and situated along the Isiolo-Marsabit highway through Archerโ€™s post in Samburu East sub-county. This mission has two main centres namely: Sereolipi and Ndonyo Uasin.

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Pope Francis has appointed Fr Hieronymus Emusugut Joya, I.M.C of the Consolata Missionaries as the new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Maralal. The appointment was announced today July 20, 2022 in the Osservatore Romano at 12 noon Roman Time.

The 57 years old missionary takes over from Bishop Virgillio Pante, 76, who has been bishop of Maralal for 21 years.

Until his appointment Fr Joya has been a Doctorate (PhD) student in Sacred Theology with specialization in Pastoral Theology at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), and a lecturer at the Consolata Institute of Philosophy, Nairobi.

Fr Joya previously served as the Regional Superior of the Consolata Missionaries for the Kenya-Uganda region for two terms from 2011 to 2016.

Fr Joya was born April 17, 1965 in Asinge village, Amukura District in Teso South Sub-County in Busia County to the late Andrew Ojuma Joya and Eremina Ikasere. He was baptized and confirmed in St. Anthony of Padua Chakol Catholic Parish, Bungoma.

He did his primary education at Changana Primary School in African Highlands, Kericho and Asinge Primary School. He later joined St. Peterโ€™s Minor Seminary, Mukumu in the Catholic Diocese of Kakamega in 1982 and finished his high school studies in 1985.

He joined the Consolata Missionaries in 1990, and finished his Philosophical studies in 1993 with an award of Diploma in Religious Studies, and a B.A in Philosophy from Pontifical Urbaniana University.

Thereafter he joined Consolata Missionaries Novitiate Sagana, between August 1993 and August 1994. He later joined Tangaza University College from August 1994 to March 1998 where he was awarded Diploma in Theology, Diploma in Mission Studies; a B.A in Sacred Theology from Pontifical Urbaniana University, and B.A in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.

He took his first religious vows on August 6, 1994 and final vows on November 8, 1997. He was ordained deacon on November 9, 1997 and a priest of the Consolata Missionaries on September 5, 1998.

From June 14 to August 2003 he undertook a Summer Course on Leadership and Psycho-Spiritual growth and development at St. Anselm in England.

From August 2005 to May 2007 he did postgraduate studies at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and successfully graduated with a License in Sacred Theology with specialization in Pastoral Theology.

Fr Joya previously worked at Loiyangalani Catholic Mission in the Catholic Diocese of Marsabit, served as Rector and formator at the Consolata Philosophicum Seminary in Nairobi, and as the Diocesan Pastoral Coordinator and Director of Allamano Pastoral Centre in the Catholic Diocese of Maralal.ย 

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