New Leadership of Kenya-based Catholic University College Urged to Foster Church Values

Fr. Patrick Mwania during his installation as Vice Chancellor Designate of Tangaza Univerty College on 21 August 2023. Credit: Screenshots from Capuchin TV Kenya

The new leadership of Kenya-based Tangaza University College (TUC) has been urged to foster Church values amid contemporary vices and controversial ideologies, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) advocacies persons.

In his Monday, August 21 homily during the convocation Eucharistic celebration and installation of Fr. Edward Etengu and Fr. Patrick Mwania as the Chancellor Designate (CD) and Vice Chancellor Designate (VCD) of TUC respectively, the Vice Chancellor (VC) of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) appreciated the “intellectual and the spiritual faculties” of the two Religious Catholic Priests at the helm of the jointly-owned Catholic institution of higher learning.

“We are in the age of LGBTQ and we all witnessed Kenya allowing them to associate, which is a great blow to our cultural, religious, and moral values as a nation,” Fr. Stephen Mbugua Ngari said, making reference to the February 24 verdict that Kenya’s Supreme Court made giving LGBTQ members a right of association.

Fr. Mbugua added, “The hallmark of a Catholic university is a person of truth in research, teaching, innovation, and formation in order to cultivate ethical leaders in the intellectual traditions of the Catholic Church.”

The highlighted central values proper to Catholic institutions of learning, the VC of CUEA said, continue “to be the central pendulum on which our education and our formation falls and is defined.”


He expressed confidence in the qualities of Fr. Etengu and Fr. Mwania, members of the Order of St. Benedict (Benedictines/OSB) and the Congregation of the Holy Spirit under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Spiritans/Holy Ghost Fathers/CSSp.) respectively to foster the Catholic identity at the Nairobi institution that is owned by 22 Religious Orders. 

“I am glad they are well endowed with the intellectual and the spiritual faculties required in this undertaking,” Fr. Mbugua said, and added, “Steering a university requires innovative ways of attracting the faculty, the staff and the students to buy in and embrace the purpose and the values of the institution.”

He went on to encourage the new leadership of the Catholic institution set to mark 37 years of existence on August 25 to lead by example, saying, “The young people that join this institution look upon you for moral and spiritual guidance.”

The VC of CUEA urged those at the leadership of the institution with over 40 nationalities with approximately 100 religious congregations “to have an equal responsibility of forming our students through witnessing to Christ as well as challenging the lay staff to embrace the values in education and formation of all our collective students and everyone.”

The member of the Clergy of Kenya’s Nakuru Diocese urged members of TUC Council to carry out their oversight role diligently ensuring “compliance with the dictates of the Church, in the spiritual, academic and the structural growth of our university.”

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“We should also work together with our trustees, chancellors, and the chair of the council to ensure that our institution also gives moral guidance to our nation because we are the only institution that is not very much influenced by the political circle,” Fr. Mbugua said in his August 21 homily at TUC grounds.

“May I also appeal to the faculty, to the staff, and the students of Tangaza to accord the Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor Designate the support (they need) to manage the college,” he added about the Catholic institution that is affiliated to CUEA.

Fr. Etengu was appointed CD of TUC on July 14. Meanwhile, Fr. Mwania who has been serving as the Director of TUC Identity, Mission and Chaplaincy was appointed VCD on August 3.

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.