MARALAL, OCTOBER 25, 2022 (CISA) – 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.
“If you want to lead a family or a village, don’t use the heart, but use the lungs. In other words, don’t be in a hurry. Don’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,” 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.
“You have to tell the truth. Stand by it firmly, yet with gentleness,” encouraged Bishop Pante as he extended his well wishes to Bishop Joya on his new mission. “You are a servant—a humble servant. I pray that the Lord will guide you to embody servitude, becoming a shepherd who loves and sacrifices for the people of the Diocese of Maralal.”
Much like the anticipation and engagement when one decides to play casino games online, Bishop Joya’s mission involves commitment, dedication, and a heartfelt service to the community he serves, aiming to make a positive impact while embodying humility and compassion. And the same as playing Ice Casino, where people get many slots and bonuses and the most important emotional and financial profit, on bishop’s meetings people get what they came for too.
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.