Kenyan Catholic Diocese Launches Catechesis Year to Help Christians “deepen their faith”

Bishop John Oballa Owaa blesses the Holy Oils during the anticipated Chrism Mass Tuesday 4 April 2023. Credit: Ngong Diocese

The Year of Catechesis that the Catholic Diocese of Ngong in Kenya launched on April 4 is an opportunity for the deepening of Christian faith, the Local Ordinary of the Kenyan Diocese has said.

Presiding over anticipated Chrism Mass on Tuesday, April 4 at St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral of his Episcopal See, Bishop John Oballa Owaa said, “I urge you our dear Priests to let this moment help us truly do all within our power and knowledge by the grace of God to help our people deepen their faith.” 

“This will require that we get more involved and more conscious of the seriousness of Catechesis,” Bishop Oballa said about the initiative that is to be observed from April 2023 to October 2024.

Organized under the theme, “Love, Understand and Live Your Catholic Faith”, the Year of Catechesis in the Kenyan Diocesan is to involve the sharing of the life of the person of Jesus Christ, to foster understanding and practice of Christian faith in daily living.

“We are called not only to preach and teach what Christ preached and taught but also and mainly as Christ did, to do it in the way he did it, and he alone can teach us,” Bishop Oballa said during the April 4 anticipated Chrism Mass, traditionally celebrated on Holy Thursday.


He urged the people of God under his pastoral care, including members of the Clergy, women and men Religious, and the Laity involved in teaching faith to take seriously the education of Christian faith, “whether it is with the youth or children in schools or other Christians, or in preparation for the reception of Sacraments.”

The aim of catechesis for those being instructed about and oriented in Christian faith, Bishop Oballa said, “is to make them Holy so that the word of God can take flesh in their hearts.”

He urged members of the Clergy to take time and explain the Catholic doctrine and faith principles in a way that is "incarnational so that it takes root in the believers.”

Reflecting on the events of the Chrism Mass, including the blessing of Oils, and the renewal of Priestly promises, the 64-year-old Bishop urged Priests under his pastoral care to remain faithful to their Priesthood through a life of prayer and love of their Priestly ministry and apostolate in the Kenyan Diocese. 

“A day like this revives and renews that very fiber of your call and theology of your Priesthood in this era when this noble vocation as a gift from God is also attacked from every side,” the Kenyan Catholic Bishop who has been at the helm of Ngong Diocese since his Episcopal Consecration in Ministry in April 2012 said.

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Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.