In an interview with ACI Africa, Fr. Casmir Odundo, a member of the Clergy of Nakuru Diocese, described the late Priest as “a good friend” who “blended easily with all Priests.”
“He loved all Priests and interacted with all of us both young and old,” Fr. Odundo recalled, and added, “To us young Priests, Fr. Gichure was like a father. (He) was a generous man, very open to everyone and easy to approach."
“I have also learnt to embrace the young people who join the Priesthood because that is what he did. He related to us young Priests in a very positive way," the Priest serving at Christ the King Cathedral of Nakuru told ACI Africa August 3, recalling the late Fr. Gichure.
For Steven Keezamutima, Fr. Gichure was a great friend and an advisor.
“He was very dear to me and really a great friend,” Mr. Keezamutima told ACI Africa, adding that Fr. Gichure “was ready to listen, very supportive, very friendly and welcoming.”
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“Fr. Gichure, besides his position, was very approachable. He would mingle with everyone despite his status,” said the Program Manager in the office of Justice Peace and Integrity of Creations Franciscans Africa (JPIC-FA).
Mr. Keezamutima added that the late Cleric “was always ready to handle issues.”
“Even though he was old, he was always cheerful around the youth,” he recalled.
“Some deaths are very, very painful,” Alice Muchiri posted on her Facebook wall July 31, and added, “Go well Rev Prof. Peter Ignatius Gichure. You have finished the race faithfully. From you we have learnt the true meaning of authentic living, the true meaning of faithful priesthood, the value of Education and its application to establish the Kingdom of God on earth.”
She further eulogized, “Fr. Gichure for all your goodness and faithfulness to what God called you to be, May He grant you everlasting peace. May your Patron Saint St. Ignatius on whose Feast Day you have departed this world keep you company in heaven. Pray for us Father.”
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.