Kenya’s Eldoret Diocese Convenes First Synod in 62 Years to Address Pastoral Initiatives

Bishop Dominic Kimengich addressing delegates during the launch of the First Diocesan Synod for Kenya's Eldoret Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

The leadership of Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Eldoret has launched the First Diocesan Synod bringing together members of the Clergy, women and men Religious, and Laity to address pastoral initiatives. development projects, spiritual guidance and cohesion in the Diocese.

During the launching celebration aired on Capuchin TV and live streamed on YouTube Friday, June 11, members of the Kenyan Diocese who spoke highlighted the historical nature of the event noting that since the Diocese was established in 1959, a Diocesan Synod has never been convened.

I have convened this special assembly to address pertinent issues in the midst of our people,” Bishop Dominic Kimengich said, and added making reference to the Code of Canon Law (Can. 460), “The Bishop has the power to convene a Synod Assembly every time they feel that there are issues to be discussed at the Diocesan level.”

Bishop Kimengich said that in the process of convening the Synod, he consulted widely with pastoral agents in the Diocese, including members of the Clergy, women and men Religious and the lay faithful.

Delegates of the Synod will be addressing a variety of topics, the Kenyan Bishop said, highlighting the formation of future Priests and additional initiatives to foster formal education in the territory covered by the Diocese among the issues to be discussed.


“We only have one minor seminary in our diocese. We would love to have minor seminaries in all the three counties that make up Eldoret Diocese. This is our resolve because we need to empower more young people to be successful in both their professional and spiritual life,” the Local Ordinary of Eldoret who doubles as the Apostolic Administrator of Kenya’s Lodwar Diocese said.

To promote formal education in his episcopal see, Bishop Kimengich who has been at the helm of Eldoret Diocese since February 2020 envisions deliberations, during the Diocesan Synod, about establishing additional Catholic schools.

Delegates to the Synod are also expected to discuss strategies to foster peace during the imminent electioneering period in Kenya.

“Most Kenyan general elections normally come with tendencies of hate along political affiliations,” the Bishop noted.

“Going to an election year and given the fact that there have been skirmishes in this Diocese, the Catholic church is determined to prevent any tendency of political unrest,” he added in reference to Kenya’s general elections planned for August 2022.

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During the launching celebration, the Vicar General of Eldoret Diocese, Fr. William Kiplagat said deliberations during the Synod will give direction to the Diocese in various initiatives that help build the body of Christ, the church.

“Togetherness in church is an important aspect. In the writing of the second Vatican Council, the church is seen as the people of God who share the body of Christ,” said Fr Kiplagat.