Kakamega, 22 June, 2022 / 9:02 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Bishop of Kakamega Diocese in Kenya has urged those in Consecrated Life to explain to their respective family members “the implications and the consequences” of the life they have chosen to live.
In his Monday, June 20 homily on the occasion of the profession of members of Sisters of Mary of Kakamega (SMK), Bishop Joseph Obanyi also cautioned families against putting sons and daughters in Religious Life under pressure, seeing them “as breadwinners”.
It is most appropriate that those in Consecrated Life tell their families the “implications and the consequences of the life that you live,” the Local Ordinary of Kenya’s Kakamega Diocese said, and added, “Sit with your family members, explain to them what it means to be a Sister.”
In cases where the limitations of those in Consecrated Life are not explained to family members, Bishop Obanyi said, “Family members see you as breadwinners; every problem it is you to solve.”
He regretted the fact that some Catholic Sisters have been put under pressure by their respective families to provide for their various needs. He said, “You find a poor Sister is stressed up in the community because she is thinking about the problems in the family.”