Catholic Men in Kenyan Diocese Invited to Mentor Boychild “for demands of life”

Bishop John Oballa of Kenya's Catholic Diocese of Ngong during the commissioning of men to the Catholic Men Association(CMA). Credit: Ngong Diocese.

Members of the Catholic Men Association (CMA) of Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Ngong have been called upon to facilitate and provide mentorship to the boychild to enable him manage contemporary “demands of life”.

In his remarks published Wednesday, January 31 following the commissioning of new members of the CMA and Catholic Women Association (CWA) at St. John and Sylvia Parish of his Episcopal See, Bishop John Oballa of Ngong Diocese cautioned against ignoring the girlchild. 

“As Catholic Men Association (CMA), you would do well to commit to systematic mentoring of the boy child; definitely, not at the expense of the girl child, but to awaken the focus on preparing the boy for the demands of life today and in days to come,” Bishop Oballa said.

He expressed his awareness of the many challenges the boychild faces, which require that their consciences are well formed, and that they remain vigilant.

Mentoring the boychild safeguards him from some societal challenges, including being pushed into isolation, resulting in depression, low esteem, and drug abuse among others, the Kenyan Catholic Bishop said during the January 28 celebration.


He went on to caution CMA member against imposing messages to the boychild, but instead engage him in drawing him closer to God.


The Kenyan Catholic Bishop, who has been at the helm of Ngong Diocese since his Episcopal Consecration in April 2012 urged men to be present in their respective families “to play their prophetic role in the family life by announcing and living according to the revealed truth in the Gospel.”

“Dear men, like all baptized people, the power of Christ is manifested in you. We pray that your presence in the Family, the Church, and Society will help in shaking the power of the evil one by the strength of your spiritual life and love,” he said.

He emphasized the need for CMA members in his Episcopal See to “speak with authority so that your words and your actions will have congruence. Nothing teaches more eloquently than by example.”

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The Catholic Church leader urged CMA members to support each other “amidst all the moral economic challenges of our time.”

“So much runs in his head. There is a phenomenon of men just collapsing in their homes. The level of stress is high,” Bishop Oballa said during the January 28 event.

He added, “If it is rent, or fee, or food, or family squabbles, shield him and let the Lord heal him in your hands. CMA can be a great fraternity where men can freely share their joys and sorrows without sinking into the storms of life.”

Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.