Catholic Women Association Members in Nairobi Archdiocese Urged to Be “vessels of hope” in Families

Archbishop Philip Subira Anyolo commissioning 2313 CWA members on Saturday, 23 March 2024. Credit: ACI Africa

Members of the  Catholic Women Association (CWA) of the Archdiocese of Nairobi (ADN) in Kenya have been urged to strive to do good and be sources of hope in families.

In his March 23 homily in anticipation of the March 25 annual Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, which was moved to April 8 this year because of Holy Week, the Chaplain of CWA in Nairobi Archdiocese also emphasized the role of faith in nurturing hope. 

“As CWA members, you can speak to the hearts of your children, and those of your husbands through your good deeds,” Fr. Fredrick Chege said during the annual Archdiocesan CWA Eucharistic celebration that was held at St. Mary’s Msongari School grounds in Westlands, Nairobi.

The ADN CWA Chaplain, Fr. Fredrick Chege preaching during the Saturday, 23 March 2024 Archdeacesan Mass at Msongari grounds. Credit: ACI Africa.

Fr. Chege added, “Through these good deeds you can communicate and spread a lot of hope; this means that you are vessels of hope to your families.”


“You cannot spread hope to your families when you are devoid of the same hope and the only way we can get hope is through unwavering faith in God,” he said at the event that Archbishop Philip Subira Anyolo of ADN presided over.

The Kenyan Catholic Priest urged the women to view the challenges they encounter in their respective families as part of the cross they have to carry and to do so without grumbling. 

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“Prioritize thanksgiving to God even if there are challenges in your families; start by thanking God for having that family in the first place,” Fr. Chege said.

The March 23 annual Eucharistic celebration had over 20,000 CWA members in attendance. Archbishop Anyolo commissioned 2,313 new CWA members drawn from the 15 Deaneries of the Kenyan Archdiocese.

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In his homily, the CWA Chaplain in Nairobi Archdiocese highlighted some of the effects of challenges in family, including experiences of being heart broken, despair, and loss of meaning in life, and suicidal thoughts, among others.

“These things are embarrassing, and they instil fear in us; Christians are not the ones to commit suicide neither should they live in despair,” Fr. Chege said, and added, “The word of God today should awaken hope in us; our source of hope lies in the presence of the Lord.  We are a people of faith, and we are supposed to be the light and salt of the world.”

The member of the Clergy of ADN went on to caution CWA members against unorthodox religious practices, which he said are “in the form of rituals that contradict human thinking and reason.”

“Let us not be yoked with or lured by people who are lost, people without integrity and faith, people who do know God but are using His name,” Fr. Chege said, and emphasized the need for CWA members to remain strong in living their Catholic faith amid “challenges and storms” in family life.

The CWA Chaplain in ADN encouraged the Catholic women to look upon the Blessed Virgin Mary for inspiration, saying, “The way Mary said yes to the will of God, let us also say yes to God and remain faithful to Him even amid challenges and storms.”


In his remarks at the end of the Eucharistic celebration, the ADN Assistant Pastoral Coordinator, Fr. James Kinuthia, commended CWA members for their “remarkable contributions” to the Kenyan Archdiocese.

The ADN Pastoral assistant coordinator, Fr. James Kinuthia. Credit: ACI Africa

“We commend the ADN CWA and the leadership for your remarkable contributions to both the Church and the wider community,” Fr. Kinuthia said, and added, “Your dedication is evident in various endeavours including mentoring the boy child.”

On his part, the Chaplain of the Catholic Men Association (CMA) in ADN, Fr. Benard Mwaura, called upon CWA members to support the group’s Beacon Boy program that seeks to nurture boys below 17 years into responsible men.

“I am sending you home; if you have a boy aged 17 years and below, bring them to us and we shall equip them with necessary teachings,” Fr. Mwaura said, and added, “We are educating them to be responsible boys.”

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The member of the Clergy of the ADN advocated for synergy between CWA and CMA, saying, “Together with the CWA Chaplain, we shall come up with a strategy to foster collaboration between CMA and CWA especially when it comes to projects.”

The Local Ordinary of Nairobi, who presided over the Eucharistic celebration congratulated CWA members for making the March 23 event successful and emphasized the important role of women in the evangelization ministry. 

Archbishop Anyolo echoed the message of the CMA Chaplain on synergy, saying, “Let’s do the work of CMA and CWA in one accord.”

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“This one accord will build the family because, without the family, everything else becomes useless,” the Kenyan Catholic Archbishop, who has been at the helm of the ADN since November 2021 said, adding that the collaboration should extend to the youth at every level and the Pontifical Missionary Childhood (PMC).

Also speaking at the annual CWA celebration, the Archbishop emeritus of the ADN, John Cardinal Njue, called for unity in the Lord. 

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“It is in this way, my dear mothers, that you will be able to realize that wherever you go your own identity is there, and that identity must be lived existentially, not nominally,” Cardinal Njue said, emphasizing his call for unity in the Lord. 

The Kenyan Cardinal added, “Make sure there is that kind of so much needed unity in that family that God has made you to be part of.”

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.