The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Rt. Rev. Alfred Kipkoech Rotich as the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kericho.
The news of the appointment of Bishop Rotich was officially made public in Rome on Saturday, 14th December, 2019 at Noon. The letter of his appointment was sent to the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) by the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya, His Excellency Archbishop Bert Van Megen.
Bishop Rotich will replace the current Bishop of Kericho, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Okombo, who has retired having reached 75 years, the official retirement age for bishops.
Bishop Rotich is currently the Bishop Emeritus of the Military Ordinariate from where he resigned on 30th December, 2016 upon attaining the retirement age of 55 years as required in the military service.
Bishop Rotich was born on 27th July, 1957 at Tegat Village, Longisa in present day Bomet County. He joined St. Augustine Major Seminary, Mabanga, from 1977 – 1979 for his philosophy training before joining St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Langata, from 1979 – 1983 for Theology training.
He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Nakuru on 18th November, 1983 by the Archbishop Emeritus of Nairobi (then Bishop of Nakuru), Most Rev. Ndingi Mwana a’ Nzeki.
On 9th March, 1996, he was appointed as Auxilliary Bishop of Nairobi and on the same date, he was appointed as Titular Bishop of Iulium Carnicum. He was ordained as Titular Bishop of Iulium Carnicum on 3rd July 1996 by then Archbishop of Nairobi, His Eminence Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga.
On 29th August 1997, he was appointed Bishop of the Military Ordinariate and installed on 1st November, 1997.
He was the first full-time bishop of the Military Ordinariate. He served as Military Chaplain. He rose through the ranks to become Captain from 1989 to 1993, a Major from 1994 to 1996, and further rose to become colonel, the highest rank that a religious person can rise in the military.
Bishop Rotich has been living in Nairobi since his resignation and has been very active in the pastoral ministry of the Church, holding various positions at KCCB.
He has served as Bishop Chairman of Caritas Kenya and the Social Communications Commissions. He is currently the Bishop Chairman of the Commission for Ecumenism, Vice Chairman of the Commission for Inter-Religious Dialogue and also Vice Chairman of the Family Life National Office. He is a Bishop Member of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission and the Mainstream Church Leader’s Forum.
17th January 2019
MESSAGE OF HOPE AND SOLIDARITY WITH VICTIMS OF THE DUSITD2 HOTEL ON THE 14 RIVERSIDE DRIVE TERROR ATTACK ON 15TH JANUARY 2019
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Mt. 5: 4-9).
We, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, offer our sincere consolation and condolences to families who have lost their loved ones following the terror attack at DusitD2 Hotel located at the 14 Riverside Drive in Nairobi. We wish those wounded and those traumatized by the horrible experience quick recovery. We continue to pray for you all.
We commend our National Police Service and all security agencies for their effective response, tireless efforts to ensure safety of the affected persons in the DusitD2 Hotel incident and quick restoration of order. We pray that the almighty God protects and gives them strength to soldier on with dedication in providing the much needed service for a safe and secure Kenya.
We recognise with great encouragement the efforts and quick responses of volunteers and health care workers in providing first aid and urgent medical attention to save lives of the affected persons. We also applaud Citizens for embracing the spirit of patriotism by spreading messages of hope on social media and for the overwhelming response to calls for blood donations.
As the Catholic Church, we appreciate our local parishes located near the scene of the incident, namely Holy Trinity-Kileleshwa, St. Austin and Consolata Shrine, who mobilized Christians to provide food, soft drinks and water to the rescue teams.
As Bishops, we are saddened that young men and women have reached a point of believing that killing innocent people is a good thing! This culture of death, which is misguided by the lure of money and false sense of heroism is a challenge to us all and must be collectively confronted. We stand in support of any necessary initiatives by the security agencies and all other stakeholders in the security sector, that will help defeat this self-killing ideology. The perpetrators, their facilitators and sympathizers must not be given any chance to kill innocent people. On our part as citizens committed to peace and respect to human life, we must be ready to support security agencies by offering any information that can help them identify, disrupt and apprehend suspects before they carry out their evil plans.
Aware that healing takes a long time, we call upon all Religious Leaders and Citizens to continue providing spiritual support to those affected and their families. We affirm our commitment to work with the Government to preserve the common good, support the innocent and promote peaceful co-existence.
We, therefore, stand firm with the people of Kenya and the International Community to condemn these terror attacks which have once again affected us, as a Country.
It is indeed during these tough times that we unite together as one people, one Kenya. We must reject all propagated divisions aimed at dividing us on the basis of ethnicity, politics, gender and religion. Let us be our brothers’ keeper and remain vigilant working closely with our security officers to deter similar attacks within our peaceful Nation.
May the Peace of the Lord be with us all.
God Bless Kenya.
Most Rev. Philip Anyolo
KENYA CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS