Nairobi, 01 September, 2021 / 8:28 pm (ACI Africa).
The Bishop of Kenya’s Malindi Diocese has called upon parents in his Episcopal See to encourage vocations to the Priesthood in their respective families amid an increasing number of Parishes in the Kenyan Diocese.
The need for parents to foster Priestly vocations in Malindi Diocese is based on the fact that the Kenyan Diocese, one of the youngest Dioceses in the East African country, “has been experiencing a steady growth in her laity population in the recent years resulting in creation of new parishes and missions,” a Monday, August 30 report indicates.
In the report authored by Moses M. Mpuria, Bishop Willybard Lagho notes that the Diocese does not have enough Priests to serve in the new missions.
Bishop Lagho who was commissioning new members to the Catholic Women Association (CWA) in his Diocese has been quoted as appealing to parents saying, “I call upon you to encourage and promote vocation to the Priesthood among your families. As caregivers, parents are best positioned to identify and nurture future Priests.”
In the August 30 report, the Kenyan Bishop says that the Diocese is reviewing her strategies in reaching out to youth and children from an early age with an aim of nurturing vocations to the Priesthood, adding that some parishioners miss Sunday Mass due to this shortage.