Kitale, 24 January, 2023 / 9:22 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Church expects “strong commitment” from the newly Ordained Bishop for Kenya’s Kitale Diocese, the Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya has said.
In his homily during the Episcopal Consecration of Bishop Henry Juma Odonya on January 21, Archbishop Hubertus van Megen also said that the Church requires that the youngest Kenyan Catholic Bishop he was going to Consecrate be, “like Peter, a rock on which Christ can build his church”.
“The Church, dear Fr. Henry, wants a strong commitment from your side and it wants you to dig deep into your soul and to make up your mind; the church wants you to look her in the eye and desires to hear a loud and clear commitment,” Archbishop van Megen told the 46-year-old Bishop-elect who was appointed Bishop for Kitale Diocese last November.
He added, “The Church wants to know where you stand, and it wants you to be a rock, a rock like Peter, a rock on which Christ can build his church, and you yourself need to stand on that rock, steadfast and strong.”
During January 21 event that was held at the Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) showgrounds in Kitale Diocese, the Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya who also represents the Holy Father in South Sudan reflected on the nature of Episcopacy, which he said revolves around the word of God, the deposit of faith, the Sacraments, and a life of prayer.