“We all need to be missionary children”: Kenyan Catholic Bishop at Diocesan PMC Holy Mass

Bishop Mark Kadima Wamukoya of Kenya's Bungoma Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

There is need for following of Christ “to be missionary children”, making sacrifices to reach out others with the Gospel message in the example of the first evangelizers of the African continent, the Bishop of Bungoma Diocese in Kenya has said. 

In his Wednesday, September 21 homily at St. Leo the Great Kimilili Catholic Parish of his Episcopal See, Bishop Mark Kadima Wamukoya also underlined the need to live the gospel message amid hardships even to the point of death.

“We all need to be missionary children; to go even to those who cannot pay us; where we are going to sacrifice ourselves, our joy, peace, strength and our money and even to the point of death,” Bishop Kadima said during the Diocesan Pontifical Missionary Childhood (PMC) Holy Mass.

He added, “We need to embrace the gospel of the missionaries who came to help us when we had nothing while knowing that they would die due to hardships.”

In their service to the people of God in Africa, early missionaries were guided by the virtues of humility, sacrifice, and forgiveness among other gospel values, the Kenyan Catholic Bishop said, and challenged Christians to get inspiration from the early missionaries.


Those who are enough to ask for forgiveness and shun evil activities during their service to humanity are good examples of those who live the gospel as missionary children. Such people would say, “There is no activity, which I cannot let go for the sake of the gospel”, Bishop Kadima said during the Diocesan PMC Holy Mass on September 21. 

The 58-year-old Bishop who has been at the helm of Bungoma Diocese since his Episcopal Ordination in February this year said that serving others “entails empathy, generosity, strength, accompaniment and sacrifice. We must be ready to go and serve in those places where people have nothing.”

Reflecting on the Feast of the Day, St. Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist, Bishop Kadima said, “St. Mathew teaches us that it is neither too late nor are you too big; too strong; too educated to say sorry.”

He reflected on the call of Matthew who was despised on account of his profession as a tax collector and challenged Christians to look out for others who are weak and “to be there for those who cannot pay you back.”

“The missionary child, Priest, Christian is called to live the gospel and to spread it to other people. To spread the gospel is to let other people know it and live it,” the former Vatican diplomat who spearheaded the establishment, official opening, and operations of the Juba-based South Sudan Apostolic Nunciature since his appointment as Chargé d’Affaires in July 2018 said.

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What is needed today is the gospel of service, Bishop Kadima said during the PMC Holy Mass, and cautioned against the tendency to look out for service in “attractive places or places where our friends, relatives or people are based”.

On his part, the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in Kenya congratulated the leadership of Bungoma Diocese for “the well-coordinated activities” of the PMC Holy Mass in the Diocese, saying, “We are always experiencing energy from this Diocese.”

“There is a lot of energy, vitality and growth in the Diocese of Bungoma especially when it comes to taking care of children. Thank you, all the animators, for the work you are doing,” Fr. Bonaventure Luchidio said.

Fr. Luchidio urged the PMC members in the Kenyan Diocese to embrace sharing as part of living the gospel, adding that sharing brings happiness and joy.

“If you are a child of God, you should know how to share because sharing is caring and when you share, you bring happiness and joy,” he said, and added, “Today we have experienced Mathew in the readings; he shared his knowledge through the word of God.”


The National Director of PMS in Kenya also encouraged members of PMC in the Diocese that is part of the Metropolitan See of Kisumu to read the bible and pray on a daily basis so that they can live and teach the gospel.

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.