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A NEW DAWN IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NAIROBI AS ARCHBISHOP ANYOLO IS INSTALLED

His Grace, Archbishop Philip Arnold Subira Anyolo has been installed as the fifth Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Nairobi in a solemn and colorful Eucharistic celebration held on Saturday 20th November 2021 at St. Mary’s Msongari grounds, Nairobi.

The installation rite was led by the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan, His Excellency Archbishop Hubertus Matheus Maria van Megen after the Papal Bull was read to all in Latin, English and Kiswahili by Fr. Peter Maingi, Fr. Prof. Lawrence Njoroge and Fr. Charles Wachira respectively. Archbishop Anyolo was led to sit at the cathedra by the Nuncio and the Archbishop Emeritus, John Cardinal Njue, to the ululation and cheers from the scores of priests and thousands of Christians from the 114 parishes in the Archdiocese.

In his homily, the Apostolic Nuncio exhorted the Christians to be cautious and free themselves from “the shackles of power, desire and money and become true followers of Christ.” He further complimented the Archbishop Emeritus, John Cardinal Njue for his great service as the Archbishop of Nairobi during his 13 years of service in the Archdiocese. He described his grace as prayerful and humble, indeed indicating him the person fit to serve the Metropolitan See.

The occasion was graced by 22 bishops, scores of priest, religious men and women and Christians from Nairobi, Kisumu, Homabay and Bungoma diocese’s among many others from different parts of the country. Government dignitaries and political leaders too were in attendance with the President of Kenya’s congratulatory speech read by Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma.

His Lordship, Bishop David Kamau who has been the Apostolic Administrator in the Archdiocese, while welcoming Archbishop Anyolo, assured him of the diocese’s cooperation and loyalty while assuring him of a fully functioning institution hence his work will be easier in running the archdiocese.

Archbishop Anyolo making his maiden speech

In his maiden speech as the Archbishop of Nairobi, Archbishop Anyolo said, “I come to Nairobi with an open heart and in readiness to learn. I come in humility as a child of God, a child of the universe and son of the Church that calls us to be rooted in Christ through our mother Church.”

Noting the state of the country, he expressed concern on various issues in the country.  Notably the upcoming general elections. “I urge all our political leaders to exercise civility during this period so we can have a peaceful, free and fair election. I assure our political leaders that as the new Shepherd of Nairobi and in collaboration with my brother bishops and other religious leaders, we shall continue to be the voice and conscience of the nation. We will not shy away from pointing out any ills in the society,” he said.

He further thanked the Christians for their warm reception as he entered the Archdiocese at Soko Mjinga on 19th November 2021 and also during the installation Mass recounting the events as “overwhelmed by your love.”

NEW APPOINTMENT IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NAIROBI!

Pope Francis has appointed Most. Rev. Philip Arnold Subira Anyolo as the fifth Archbishop of Nairobi.
The news of the appointment of Archbishop-Elect Philip Anyolo Subira was officially made public in Rome on Thursday 28th, October 2021 at noon, Rome time (1.00 p.m. Kenyan time).
 
The letter of his appointment was sent to the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) by the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya, Archbishop Hubertus van Megen.
 
The news of this appointment has also been delivered by Archbishop Hubertus van Megen at Queen of Apostles, Ruaraka during the Clergy Synod Induction.
 
Bishop Anyolo hails from Tongeren, Bungoma. He was ordained a priest on 15th October 1983. He was installed the bishop of Kericho diocese on 6th December 1995. Later he was made the bishop of Homabay diocese on 23rd May 2003. Until today’s appointment, he has been the Archbishop of Kisumu from 15th November 2018.
 
The Archbishop-Elect, will take over from Archbishop Emeritus John Cardinal Njue who retired on 4th January 2021 after serving the Archdiocese for 13years.
 
Since Cardinal Njue’s retirement, the Archdiocese of Nairobi has been under the guidance of the Auxiliary Bishop David Kamau, serving as the Apostolic Administrator since 4th January 2021

 

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NAIROBI LAUNCH THE 2021/2023 SYNOD

The Archdiocese of Nairobi has launched its Diocesan Phase of the Synod which will run from 16th October 2021- April 2022. This historic event that took place at St. Stephen Kairi Parish, follows an invitation from the Holy Father, Pope Francis through a convoked Synod to the world. The Synod calls for the Church to reflect on its theme: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission which is decisive for its life and mission.

In his speech during the launch, the Apostolic Administrator, Bishop David Kamau urged all Christians to walk together in the journey of faith by putting into action the activities pertaining to the Synodality process.

“The Pope has called us all to journey together in this journey of faith. It is not just an African journey but one which calls the local and universal church to experience and communion with each other” he adjured.

He added that it is a journey in which people are called to pray, listen, analyze, dialogue, discern and offer advice through reflecting together on the journey that has been made so far, the diverse members of the Church to be able to learn from one another’s experiences and perspectives guided by the holy spirit. In this participation, a communion with Christ will be established.

His Lordship further appointed a diocesan synodal team of 20 members of both the Clergy and laity to spearhead the synodal process by guiding the Archdiocese on the way forward pertaining to the activities and preparation of the report. This synodal journey was officially opened on 9th and 10th of October 2021 in Rome. The synodal itinerary will encompass three phases of consultation and discernment; diocesan, continental, and universal. It will culminate in the next Sixteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops scheduled for October 2023 in Rome.                

THE SIMPLE SERVANT OF GOD WITH AN UNMATCHED LOVE FOR THE PEOPLE

The Archdiocese of Nairobi has today marked 18 years since the Servant of God, Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga died.

The Eucharistic celebration that took place during the 1pm Mass at the Holy Family Basilica was celebrated by the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Nairobi, Bishop David Kamau and concelebrated by Fr. Lawrence Njoroge, the Vice Postulator, among others priests.

Cardinal Otunga, is fondly remembered as a simple man who served the people of God in dignity and was consistent in the service of the Church even when experiencing challenges.

“The Servant of God, whatever he did was in the context of the goodness and graciousness of God. When he preached in this Basilica, he held this place to be a holy ground,” Fr. Njoroge recalled.  

Sr. Esther Ichugu, the secretary to Cardinal Otunga’s beatification committee explained the process of beatification is currently with the Postulator in Rome waiting to be tabled to the Cardinals and theologians upon which through an anonymous vote, the Servant of God will be declared Venerable.

She called on all Christians to pray for a miracle, donate for the cause and be patient as it takes time.

The servant of God passed on, on 6th September 2003 following a cardiac arrest. He died at the age of 80.

THE SEED PLANTED IN AFRICA GREW TEN FOLDS

Founding of the Legion of Mary

The Archdiocese of Nairobi Legion of Mary devotional group was started on 23rd November 1936 when 29-year-old Edel Quinn set foot in Mombasa. Sent by Frank Duff the founder of the group at the invitation of Bishop Heffernan, Edel was asked if she would accept the assignment in Africa instead of England, it is said she replied, “With all my heart.”

Edel’s response to the call of service set her on a voyage by rail to Nairobi from London on 29th October 1936 heading to East Africa, Kenya. Upon arrival, she immediately embarked on planting the Legion of Mary seed. It is here the first Legion of Mary envoy to Kenya was started during the first Praesidium in Nairobi Kenya at the Holy Family Minor Basilica on 7th December 1936 on the eve of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This Praesidium took the name ‘Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception’

Over the years, Edel Quin was also able to quickly open many praesidia in Kenya including Machakos, Mombasa, Kisumu, Kakamega and Bungoma among others. Their numbers grew. Uganda, Tanzania, Nyasaland (Malawi) and Mauritius not being left behind.

Understanding the Apostolate

Legion of Mary is a group of Catholics of lay apostolate, sanctioned by the Church under the leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces to serve the Church and their neighbor on a voluntary basis in about 170 countries. Legionaries as termed, deduce their inspiration from the true devotion of Mary, as taught by St. Louis Marie de Montfort, and which had a profound influence on the Founder of the Legion, the Servant of God, Frank Duff.  

They aim at glorifying God through the holiness of its members developed through prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work. Members participate in visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes, hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking. For ministry to continue, legions require ecclesiastical approval to work in a diocese or parish with their loyalty to the local authority as a basic legionary principle.

In the Archdiocese of Nairobi, this group is found in all the deaneries and is governed by the Senatus, one Comitium (based in Thika) and several curiae.

The Senatus has its See in Nairobi with the offices at St. Francis Xavier, Parklands. There are also superintends in the lower councils in Kenya. The two Regiae: Kisumu and Bungoma; comitiae and curiae in the other dioceses.

The superintended by the Senatus are those in the dioceses of Nairobi, Kitui, Nakuru, Machakos, Ngong and Kericho, Military Ordinariate, Mombasa, Garissa, Malindi, Meru, Murang’a, Embu. While Kisumu Regia superintends Curiae and Comitiae are in the dioceses of Kakamega, Kisumu, Kisii and Homa Bay. Bungoma Regia superintends Curiae and Comitiae are in the dioceses of Bungoma, Eldoret, Kitale, and Lodwar.

Convening of the group

With the declining numbers of the group in the present years, currently, the membership of the legions in Kenya stands at an approximate total number of 49,048; Active members at 46,188, and the auxiliary members at 2,855.  There are also two Regia, 19 Comitia, 107 Curiae and 639 Praesida. 

The group holds weekly meetings termed as Praesidium. Here, legionaries gather around a table, place the Immaculate Conception statue of Our Lady on a white cloth, flanked with two lit candles, and two silver vases of flowers. A replica of a small legion stand is placed on the rights side of the statue.

Legionaries prioritizes the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. Each member is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary. Through the visitation of homes of the sick and the marginalized which is vital for the legionary apostolate.

Recently, the group celebrated 100 years since it was established in the Catholic Church across the world. The celebration held at Holy Family Minor Basilica, is a reminder when Edel Quinn started the first legionary group in Africa, specifically in Kenya. The declining numbers in membership is a push to the groups’ apostolate on the need to be vibrant in ministry for the survival of this group.  

With the groups’ main objective being prayers, the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Nairobi, Bishop David Kamau during the Eucharistic celebration of the group’s centenary said, “being a legionary is not easy; it is not a holiday; it is work.”

Truly the mission of Christ continues and with prayers from Mother Mary continually guiding them through the rosary.

NEW APPOINTMENTS

Fr. Saviour Saka proceeds to Rome

Fr. Saviour Saka has proceeded for further studies at the Lateran Pontifical University in Rome. Fr. Saka who has been the assistant Father In-Charge at Christ the King parish Embakasi will undertake a course in Sacred Theology of Marriage and Family.

Fr. Saka was ordained on 1st December 2017. His first appointment was as an assistant priest at St. Dominic Savio parish Mwiki where he served for one year. In December 2018 he was posted to Christ the King parish Embakasi where he has served for close to three years.

Another assistant priest for Embakasi Parish

Fr. Bernard Njuguna has been appointed as the new assistant priest at Christ the King parish Embakasi. He has been serving at Holy Rosary Catholic parish Ikinu since his ordination on 11th December 2020. He hails from St. Peter and Paul parish kiambu.

ST. DOMINIC SAVIO MWIKI PARISH LAUNCH A TEN STOREY BUILDING CONFERENCE HALL PROJECT.

The Count me in the Beyond Project is set to begin in the next few months following the blessing of the 3D model and the gound by His Eminence John Cardinal Njue.

The project that was unveiled during a Eucharistic celebration led by His Eminence aims to tackle the challenges of congestion, lack of church halls, meeting/conference rooms, proper parking spaces within the church compound, beefing up security through a perimeter wall and putting cabro paving blocks to counteract the flooding Church compound.

The ten-storey facility that will be built in phases will be built within the compound of the church and the first phase is estimated to cost Ksh. 13 million.

In the Homily Fr. Richard Mwaniki implored the Christians of St. Dominic to run to the Eucharist when faced with life’s problems especially in living out their Christian lives. “The journey we take as Christians is not easy therefore we are called to be filled through the Eucharist. Christ gives us strength and if we do not reach out to Him we cannot go far,” he preached. He further added that as the human body requires food to obtain strength so does the spirit to remain nourished and have everlasting life.

Cardinal Njue who also officiated the fundraiser encouraged the Christians to own the projects so as to leave a legacy for those to come after them. “We are the ones who are here today so let us do what we need to do to make sure that we become self-sustaining,” he said.

Echoing the words of His Eminence, Fr. Victor Mbuthia who is the Father In-Charge, implored the Christians to support this project wholly as they have always done in the other projects. “This project is yours. It will benefit the parish and help in our ambition to become a self-sustaining parish.”

Despite the hard economic times faced in the country, the parishioners of St. Dominic Savio Parish Mwiki showed their determination as they pledged to support the project to completion.

St. Dominic Savio Parish Mwiki

THE ARCHDIOCESE CELEBRATES SAINTS JOACHIM AND ANN

Over 600 men and women were commissioned as members of Saints Joachim and Ann group in the Archdiocese of Nairobi in a ceremony led by the Apostolic Administrator Bishop David kamau.

During the celebration, the Archdiocese launched the grandparents and elderly day following the declaration by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, that every fourth Sunday of July be a time to celebrate the elderly members of the society.

During the Eucharistic celebration, his Lordship urged all Christians to remember their old parents and help them in their old age.

As individuals we all have a role to play in the growth of the society. Bishop Kamau called upon all Christians to encourage the elders in the society to continue holding on to Christ while according them the respect they deserve, “our parents provide joy and comfort in our lives,” he stated.

Speaking in the same function, Fr. Simon Warari who is the Archdiocesan Saints Joachim and Ann ecclesial group, encouraged the members to stay firm in faith as the grandparents of Jesus did. He called upon the new members to maintain the unity of the group for future posterity.

Saints Joachim and Anne devotional group was started in 1964 at Riara parish with the first 18 members being commissioned.  

ARCHDIOCESE OF NAIROBI MARKS WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL DAY 2021

Equity Bank through the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) has donated over 7,000 trees as the Archdiocese marked the World Environmental Day 2021.

The event that was attended by parish CJPC representatives from the Archdiocese was held at the Holy Family Utawala parish. The celebrations began with the Holy Eucharist led by the CJPC Archdiocesan Coordinator, Fr. Emmanuel Ngugi among other priests.

In the homily, Fr. Ngugi encouraged the leaders to respect what God has created and take care of Mother Earth to their best ability. “We are the light of the World, let us make this place better than we found it for our future generations”, he said.

Equity group has been donating tree seedlings through their tree planting and maintenance campaign for the nationwide cause to conserve the environment. Other stakeholders among them the Kenya Forest Services, Nairobi Metropolitan Services and the Kenya National Human Rights Commission also promised to donate more tree seedlings to be distributed in the parishes for planting.

The CJPC members were challenged to sensitize the Christians in their parishes to plant more trees and help take care of mother earth.

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