The Ignatian Suscipe Prayer, Bishop Odiwa said, is “a mantra that should inspire our journey of faith.”
“It is my intention to make a journey with you on the wisdom inherent in this prayer,” he further said in reference to the Ignatian Suscipe Prayer.
In his first act as the Local Ordinary of Homabay Diocese, Bishop Odiwa established two new Parishes in the 7,780-square-kilometre Diocese that is under the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kisumu.
Ordained a Clergy of Kenya's Kisii Diocese in July 1993, Bishop Odiwa was, three months later, incardinated in Homabay Diocese.
He is an alumnus of the Rome-based Urbaniana University from where he obtained his Doctorate in Canon Law.
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The Kenyan Bishop is succeeding Archbishop Philip Anyolo who was transferred to Kenya’s Kisumu Archdiocese in November 2018 and had been serving as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese.
In his homily during the episcopal ordination event, Archbishop van Megen who doubles as the Apostolic Nuncio to South Sudan had words of encouragement for the Bishop-elect.
“Dear Monsignor Michael, God has chosen you not so much because of your qualities. Maybe He has chosen you because of your awareness of not being prepared, of not being worthy, of not having the necessary skills that you think you need,” the representative of the Holy Father in Kenya said.
“God has a plan with us and many times we ourselves we do not know about these plans,” the Nuncio went on to say, and making reference to Prophet Jeremiah, added, “Behold I formed you in your mother’s womb I knew you and before you were consecrated, I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
He continued, “Our ways are not God’s way and our thoughts not His own.”
Archbishop van Megen further urged Kenya’s newest Catholic Bishop to be “accessible, be open, be a father.”
“Keep watch of the flock in which the Holy Spirit has placed you as Bishop,” the native of the Netherlands said February 9, addressing himself to the new Bishop of Kenya’s Homabay Diocese.