The KCCB – General Secretariat is the national administrative, facilitative and coordinative arm through which the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops implement and co-ordinates various Pastoral programs at the national level and undertake all those responsibilities which express the mission of the Catholic Church in Kenya.
It is seeking outstanding, dynamic and results oriented individuals to fill the following key positions:-
I) HEAD OF HUMAN RESOURCES
II) LEGAL & CIVIL AFFAIRS OFFICER
III) RESOURCE MOBILIZATION OFFICER
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The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), through the Ad Hoc Commission for AIDS Relief, is the prime recipient of the grant entitled “Supporting the Implementation and Expansion of High Quality, Sustainable and Comprehensive HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment Programs in Faith-Based Facilities in the Republic of Kenya under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)”. This is implemented through Ad Hoc Commission for AIDSRelief in 57 health facilities spread across 9 Counties in Western Kenya.
KCCB is also a prime recipient of a grant entitled KOMESHA TB, a grant awarded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This is a 5-years grant implemented under the Ad Hoc Commission for AIDSRelief (KARP) to eliminate occurrence of Tuber-Culosis in Western Kenya using the community, church platforms and offering treatment within the Faith Based and MOH health facilities.
The KCCB Ad Hoc Commission for AIDS Relief – offices are located, Jaliyan Court, Milimani Road in Kisumu. Total number of staff – 62
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By National Communications Network News Team
Pope Francis has appointed Rt. Rev. Dominic Kimengich Bishop of Eldoret Diocese. Rt. Rev. Kimengich is currently the Bishop of Lodwar.
The Diocese of Eldoret fell vacant on 30th, October 2017, following the passing on of Rt. Rev. Cornelius Korir. Consequently, the Holy Father appointed the Bishop of Kitale, Rt. Rev. Maurice Crowley, as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese.
The news of the appointment of Bishop Kimengich was officially made public in Rome on Saturday, 16th, November, 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.
Born on 23rd, April 1961, Bishop Kimengich was ordained as a priest of Nakuru Diocese on 14th, September 1986. He was appointed as an Auxiliary Bishop of Lodwar and Titular Bishop of Tanaramusa on 20th, March, 2010. Bishop Kimengich was ordained Titular Bishop of Tanaramusa on 22nd, May, 2010, and appointed Bishop of Lodwar on 5th, March, 2011.
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
Pope Francis appoints Bishop Philip Anyolo as Archbishop of Kisumu
By The Catholic Mirror Team
14th March 2018, Wednesday.
“For if while we were enemies were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life” Romans 5:10
We the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) meeting at the Queen of Apostles Clergy House, wish to send Lenten greetings to you all people of God and all people of goodwill. The Season of Lent is a period in which we are called to examine our conscience and make judgment of our own actions. This leads to personal self-examination, conversion and renewal.
We wish to acknowledge the gesture of our two leaders, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta and Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga, in meeting and extending hands of reconciliation among themselves, and as a sign of their commitment in collaborating towards uniting the deeply divided and polarized Country. This public gesture of reconciliation and their desire to move the Country forward following the year-long electioneering campaigns last year is obviously a relief to many Kenyans. We, therefore, laud this gesture and hope that it is an opening to a greater commitment towards seeking real solutions to a more just, democratic and prosperous Country where every Citizen has an opportunity to develop. This gesture also enhances our conviction that dialogue is possible.
We wish to remind Kenyans that as Bishops we have in the past called on all leaders and stakeholders to employ constructive dialogue as the only way of resolving conflict. Kenya has gone through very trying moments. With this latest development we believe it is only the beginning of charting out the path that gives room to everybody to engage in uniting and reconciling Kenyans. This beginning should now accommodate all stakeholders and Kenyans and be open to addressing all the issues that are of concern to this Country. We see the new found collaboration of the two leaders as creating the environment for this dialogue.
Towards this end, as Catholic Bishops we are committed to pursuing the path of national dialogue through an inclusive participatory process from the grassroots to the national level. To achieve this, during the Lenten Campaign launch on February 10th 2018 in Kisumu, we initiated the process by commissioning our Christians beginning with the Small Christian Communities to reflect on issues affecting our country.
We therefore urge all leaders across the political divide to support this path so that it does not remain a public relation exercise or a show of two individuals. As this goes on, it is very important to recognize the role of the opposition in any democratic society, to check on the government for better service delivery. We still emphasize that at all times and in all situations there must always remain the respect for the rule of law and institutions.
Regarding the state of insecurity in parts of the country it is of great concern to us. Recently, there were incidents of insecurity in Mount Elgon and in parts of Northern and Coastal regions. The government has a primary mandate to protect its people and must therefore ensure people live without fear as they go about their daily endeavors.
In conclusion, we thank all Kenyans for their continued prayers and maintaining peace even at critical moments of the recent past. We pray that God blesses Kenya and God blesses our people. In anticipation we wish each one of you a happy Easter and the joy of the resurrected Christ.
Rt. Rev. Philip Anyolo CHAIRMAN KENYA CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS Wednesday, 14th March 2018
1. Rt. Rev. John Oballa Owaa – Vice -Chairman/Ngong
2. His Eminence John Cardinal Njue – Nairobi
3. Most Rev. Zacchaeus Okoth – Kisumu
4. Most Rev. Martin Kivuva Musonde – Mombasa
5. Most. Rev. Anthony Muheria – Nyeri
-Apostolic Administrator, Machakos – Kitui
6. Rt. Rev. Joseph Mairura Okemwa – Kisii
7. Rt. Rev. Maurice Crowley – Kitale
8. Rt. Rev. Norman King’oo Wambua – Bungoma
9. Rt. Rev. Peter Kihara – Marsabit
10. Rt. Rev. Alfred Rotich – KCCB
11. Rt. Rev. David Kamau Ng’ang’a- Auxiliary – Nairobi
12. Rt. Rev. Anthony Ireri Mukobo – Isiolo Vicariate
13. Rt. Rev. Virgilio Pante – Maralal
14. Rt. Rev. Salesius Mugambi – Meru
15. Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Okombo – Kericho
16. Rt. Rev. James Maria Wainaina – Murang’a
17. Rt. Rev. Paul Kariuki Njiru – Embu
18. Rt. Rev. Maurice Muhatia Makumba – Nakuru
19. Rt. Rev. Dominic Kimengich – Lodwar
20. Rt. Rev. Joseph Mbatia – Nyahururu
21. Rt. Rev. Joseph Alessandro – Garissa
22. Rt. Rev. Joseph Obanyi Sagwe – Kakamega
23. Very Rev. Benjamin K. Maswili -Apostolic Administrator Military Ordinariate
In May 2017, Rev. Fr. John Kiplimo Lelei was appointed Rector of St. Thomas Major Seminary, Nairobi. VIRGINIA KABUGU spoke to him about his life’s journey in priesthood and his new appointment.
Tell us about yourself
I am Rev. Fr. John Kiplimo Lelei from the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret. I come from a family of eight children. My parents were blessed with four children before my mother passed on. My father married a second wife to take care of us and they were also blessed with four children. I am the last child of my late mother.
Until recently, I have been working at St. Mathias Mulumba Seminary as Vice Rector and Dean of Students. I have been teaching since December 2003. From 2003 to 2008, I served as a visiting lecturer, meaning that I was working from the parish. In August 2008, the bishop asked me to join the team of formators as a resident lecturer. I was appointed Vice Rector and Dean of Students until May this year when I was asked to come to St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, Nairobi, as the Acting Rector.
Why did you choose to join priesthood?
It is a very interesting story. When I was in primary school, there was a priest from Turbo Parish who used to visit us. As he was celebrating mass, questions would go through my mind. Can Africans also become priests? Can they also celebrate Mass? I had never seen an African priest. I was then in class six. But the idea soon disappeared.
Later in high school, the idea came back, this time motivated by a priest who used to celebrate Mass for us. I had joined the Young Christian Society (YCS) and was an active member and chairman of the movement. During Mass, the priest would talk about vocation to priesthood and I took interest. I remember there were two priests who came to our school. One of them was Rev. Fr. Patrick Scanlan (RIP), the then Vocations Director and we started talking. At Form Three I went home when schools closed and told my father that I wanted to be a priest and he asked; a priest? Like the white man who prays for pupils in our primary school? Then he fell silent. The following year when I was in Form Four, the idea came again. The first time my father thought I did not know what I was saying but he sought information from one of his great friends. He was my primary school teacher and a good man. He advised that priesthood was good but my father was not satisfied, so he went and consulted my other relatives who encouraged him. After Form Four in 1979, I joined the seminary despite my parents not being Catholic.
Did you encounter hurdles while joining the seminary considering that your parents were not Catholics?
My parents did not know the whole idea of Catholic priesthood. In fact, they were not even Christians. It was something unheard of and hard for them to understand and only got advice from friends and relatives. When I talked to the Vocations Director, he was happy about my decision. By then our bishop was Archbishop Emeritus John Njenga and I did not have any objection from my local Church either. But from the family side, my parents, sisters and relatives could not understand.
Tell us about your new appointment
The appointment came as a surprise to me because having served for thirteen years; it was time for me to go back to the diocese. In fact I had talked to my bishop the late Bishop Cornelius Korir, to take me back to the diocese. As I was sharing with him, he told me to hold on. The next day I received a call from the Chairman of the Seminary Episcopal Commission (SEC), Rt. Rev. Maurice Crowley, asking me to go and see him the following day. I called the Rector and told him of the call I had received from the SEC chairman. He asked me to oblige to the call of the Chairman. I left early in the morning and arrived at my destination by midday. The bishop was busy in office but he welcomed me as we already knew each other. After a short while, he said: “John, I have a request. I have no Rector at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary. I’m requesting you to be one. For sometimes I kept quiet. “Think about it and get back to me” later.
We went for lunch and afterwards I drove back to St. Mathias Mulumba Seminary as I thought of the offer. At around 5 o’clock as I was approaching the seminary, I got a call from the bishop asking: “Your answer please?” I said yes, bishop.
What does this appointment mean to you?
Of course it is a new challenge because it is a new position and one does not know how to handle it. Many people are involved and they have a lot of expectations from you, so it is a challenging position which I think is also meant for growth. Nairobi is a different place and new environment. It has many privileges and challenges. The cost of living is high.
What challenges do you foresee?
At St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, we have a piece of land, but agriculture does not do well here like in other national seminaries. I am happy the seminary is already producing vegetables and rearing cows. When I settle down, we will explore other options to utilize the land that we have. We can also venture into chicken rearing. The main challenge remains procurement of foodstuff.
What is your vision for the seminary?
My vision is the vision of the Church – to train priests who are formed holistically, (intellectual, social and spiritual), so that they may become good ambassadors of the Gospel.
What should the seminarians expect from you?
I hope they will see in me a listener, a father, a teacher, a collaborator and someone who will encourage them in their vocation.
What advice would you give to young priests who are going out to start their mission?
The workload is great, they are stepping into a fertile ground, and they need to translate what they learn in their spiritual formation and social life in the real world they are going. What they learn may not necessarily be accepted at face value but they should adapt themselves to the situations they will find themselves in. They should remain faithful in their vocations as priests. Challenges and frustrations will always be there but they should remain faithful to Christ who has called them. They should support each other and create time for solidarity with other priests through prayer, spiritual nourishment and sharing.
What message do you have for the team you have left behind at Tindinyo?
We are mere workers in the vineyard of the Lord. I have to move on. Others will come; they will do double what I did and move on. We are mere workers in the vineyard of the Lord. When I was a seminarian here at St. Thomas Aquinas, there were many professors and they left. Some are still alive, others have died. All of us have some duty to contribute to the growth of the Church. Of course Tindinyo had become like my home because I was there for many years.
How should priests and the laity relate with each other?
We come from families and as priests, and we remain part of our families. When we become priests, we are not uprooted from our families; we are not uprooted from our Christians at home, we are still part and parcel of our communities. There is need to collaborate and work together to fulfill our mission and duties. The Christians do give us a lot of support, not just material but also moral support, encouragement and even counseling. It is good to know that Christians are talented differently and among them are talents of different kinds. We priests may not have been trained in some of the fields and it is good to seek their support. They may not be trained in theological formation, but they have a lot of information in terms of management of finances, farms, investment and administration and there is need for us to work together.
What are your closing remarks?
I thank the Christians for supporting the bishops in training of priests through payment of school fees. We realize there are Christians who may be more gifted than others and can even sponsor some seminarians through the dioceses. Gone are the days when Rome used to send money to train priests. Our Rome is now here in Kenya. We are the resources so let us learn to share. I also thank the bishops for this appointment and for the good work they are doing in the country. I appeal to Christians to continue supporting the bishops and the Church in Kenya.
1958 – Born at Soy in Uasin Gishu County. The parents migrated to Kipkaren
River in Ng’eng’ire. Grew up there and joined primary school
1968 – Joined secondary school
1979 – 1981 – Joined St. Augustine Seminary Mabanga (St. Mary’s Molo Seminary was not there yet) to study philosophy
1981 to 1985 – Joined St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary to study Theology.
Worked at various parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret then went for further studies in Vienna, Austria. Remained in Vienna for six years and studied for Masters and Doctorate in Theology – Liturgy.
2002 -2003 – Joined St. Mathias Mulumba Seminary, Tindinyo, to teach liturgy and physiology.
2008 – 2017 – Appointed Vice Rector at St. Mathias Mulumba Seminary
May 2017 – Appointed Rector, St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, Langata (Nairobi)
Give witness to your vocations, calls Archbishop Muheria
By Daniel Kipng’etich
Archbishop Anthony Muheria of Nyeri Archdiocese has called on the young people to shun hatred and tribalism asking them to respond to love of Christ.
Archbishop Muheria was the main celebrant during the National Catholic Youth Convention held on 25th, November, 2017, in Machakos Stadium.
The concelebrants were Bishops’ John Oballa of Ngong Diocese and David Kamau the Auxiliary of the archdiocese of Nairobi.
Archbishop Muheria who is also the Apostolic Administrator of Machakos urged the young people to be hopeful amidst many challenges they may be facing in life, asking them to remain focused and not to be swayed by wallowing pressures.
“We must say no to hate messages, don’t be swallowed, be the crocodile of hatred. My young people, today we are being told to open our hearts, harden not your hearts, your hands are meant to be for blessings and not for violence,” said the Archbishop.
The theme of the day was, “Faith on fire: God’s call, my response.” It comes at a time when Pope Francis has dedicated the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to be held in Rome in October 2018 to address matters pertaining to the young people.
The convention had also been organized to celebrate Pope Francis’ visit to Kenya in November, 2015. During his visit Pope Francis met with the young people at Kasarani Stadium.
Under the theme ‘Young people, the faith and vocational discernment, the major aim of the synod is to journey with the young people in their process of discernment, shaping their future and bringing them to the encounter with God and with human beings and actively participating in Church’s life and the society.
Archbishop Muheria called on the young people to give witness to their vocation, by living their baptismal promise. He said “The church says today we are not going ahead until we call the youth here,’ stamping the fact of the church evangelizing the young people.” He lauded efforts of all those actively journeying with youths guided by the Diocesan Chaplains and Youth Coordinators, calling on the young people to always carry with them the Catholic prayer weapon; the Rosary and to remain firm in faith despite the torrents and storms of life.
On his part, Bishop Kamau asked the youth to stand firm in faith and to treasure their youthfulness.
Speaking at the same time, Bishop Oballa, termed the young people as the cream and hope of the church and the society.
He said, “The church will accompany you, will listen to you, it will tolerate any traditional initiatives that you will suggest, so long as they are in harmony with the doctrines of the Church and the will of God. You are in the church’s radar.” Said Bishop John Oballa.
He asked the young people to bring suggestions on how they wish to be accompanied more, to be engaged and involved more in the work of evangelization and in fulfillment of their lives in view of their life to come.
Others who attended the convention were; the General Secretary of KCCB, Rev. Fr. Daniel Rono, the Deputy General Secretary of KCCB, Rev. Fr. Lucan Ong’esa Manwa, the National Executive Secretary of the Pastoral and Lay Apostolate Commission, Rev. Fr. Josiah Muthee Mugera under which the docket for the youth fall, youth chaplains from across the country among other clergy, religious people and the laity.
The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Maurice Crowley of Kitale as the Apostolic Administrator of Eldoret Diocese following the passing on of the Bishop of Eldoret, Rt. Rev. Cornelius Korir on 30th October 2017.
The Official communication was made through a letter dated 22nd November 2017 and signed by the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Charles D. Balvo.
Bishop Crowley, 71 was appointed Bishop of Kitale on 3rd April 1998.
On his speech during the funeral of Bishop Korir, Archbishop Balvo said that the late bishop had left him with something else to do, to look for his successor which he described not to be an easy task.
“Certainly in the next few days someone has to be appointed temporarily to guide and direct the diocese of Eldoret as we seek to find the person who will succeed Bishop Korir,” the Nuncio.
The late Bishop Korir was appointed Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret on 27th April, 1990 and had served the diocese for 27 years till his demise. He was laid to rest on 11th November 2017.
The Catholic Diocese of Eldoret is situated in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya on the western side of the Great Rift Valley. It was curved from Kisumu diocese as the Apostolic Prefecture over 50 years ago on the feast of St. Peter and Paul on June 29, 1953. The diocese was later subdivided three times giving rise to Nakuru, Kitale and Lodwar dioceses.