Monthly Archives: March 2018

GOOD FRIDAY

Category : GENERAL

The Bishop joined the Christians of the Cathedral Church of Christ the King for the way of the cross.


CHRISM MASS

Category : PRIESTS

“Let us revive the teaching of the church on the priestly ministry”bishop Muhatia to the the priests during chrism mass at the Cathedral Church of Christ the King.

Chrism mass was led by Rt Rev Maurice Muhatia bishop of Nakuru assisted by priest from the Diocese. The mass was also attended by religious and the laity.

The Bishop wished all the priests a happy feast day. referring to the reading of Isaiah reminded the priests to

a)Bring good tidings to the afflicted by preaching the gospel in good times and bad times.(prophetic mission of the church)”The call of the priest is to preach the word of God in season and out of season”he said. he also encouraged the priests to prepare the faithful on the word of God.

b)he has send me to bind up the broken hearted(priestly mission of the priest) The bishop reminded the priests on the importance of being available to the faithful through the sacraments and catechism.

C)To proclaim liberty to captives(kingly office of the priest)The bishop told the priests that they are spiritual kings and therefore should fight spiritual wars against Satan for the people. He reminded the priests that theirs is a kingship of Liberation.

In this mass the bishop also remembered and prayed for the priest that passed on I.e Fr Mungai,Fr Simon and Fr Derry (SPS).The bishop also encouraged the lay faithful to approach the priests for prophetic,priestly and kingly mission as he explained in his homily.”Help us to serve you as laity and religious may the Lord God bless us in this essential role given to us”.


PALM SUNDAY YOUTH MASS 2018

Category : GENERAL

 

Dear young people may each one of you be a jar of perfume that will be broken and spill over the love of Christ to the world”Bishop Maurice Muhatia -Palm Sunday 2018

The Diocese of Nakuru dedicates the Palm Sunday mass to the youth.For this year the palm Sunday youth mass was animated by Njoro Deanery. The theme Being “Do not be afraid Mary,For you have found favour in God”Lk 1:30.

The mass was led by Rt Rev Maurice Muhatia Bishop of Nakuru assisted by Fr David Ngige( Youth Chaplain )and Fr Douglas (Vocation Director).in his homily the Bishop referred to the Gospel of the day from Mark informing the youth not to forget the setting of that gospel which was in the house of Simon the leper.He explained that lepers were known for their stench and hopeless situation.However our Lord associated himself with the lowly. Referring to the woman in the gospel who broke her jar to anoint Christ the Bishop said”Dear young people of CDN go out and allow yourself to be broken and spill over the perfume of Christs love.The jar of the perfume was broken because God is wasteful with his love he gives in abundance and the love overflows to the world”

The cross was also handed over to East pokot Deanery who will lead next years youth mass.The outgoing officials were also recognized for their noble service to the youth.


Catholic Bishop’s release a press statement on a call to healing and reconciliation.

Category : BISHOP

PRESS STATEMENT
A Call to Healing and Reconciliation
“For if while we were enemies were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life” Romans 5:10
We the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) meeting at the Queen of Apostles Clergy House, wish to send Lenten greetings to you all people of God and all people of goodwill. The Season of Lent is a period in which we are called to examine our conscience and make judgment of our own actions. This leads to personal self-examination, conversion and renewal.
We wish to acknowledge the gesture of our two leaders, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta and Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga, in meeting and extending hands of reconciliation among themselves, and as a sign of their commitment in collaborating towards uniting the deeply divided and polarized Country. This public gesture of reconciliation and their desire to move the Country forward following the year-long electioneering campaigns last year is obviously a relief to many Kenyans. We, therefore, laud this gesture and hope that it is an opening to a greater commitment towards seeking real solutions to a more just, democratic and prosperous Country where every Citizen has an opportunity to develop. This gesture also enhances our conviction that dialogue is possible.
We wish to remind Kenyans that as Bishops we have in the past called on all leaders and stakeholders to employ constructive dialogue as the only way of resolving conflict. Kenya has gone through very trying moments. With this latest development we believe it is only the beginning of charting out the path that gives room to everybody to engage in uniting and reconciling Kenyans. This beginning should now accommodate all stakeholders and Kenyans and be open to addressing all the issues that are of concern to this Country. We see the new found collaboration of the two leaders as creating the environment for this dialogue.
Towards this end, as Catholic Bishops we are committed to pursuing the path of national dialogue through an inclusive participatory process from the grassroots to the national level. To achieve this, during the Lenten Campaign launch on February 10th 2018 in Kisumu, we initiated the process by commissioning our Christians beginning with the Small Christian Communities to reflect on issues affecting our country.
We therefore urge all leaders across the political divide to support this path so that it does not remain a public relation exercise or a show of two individuals. As this goes on, it is very important to recognize the role of the opposition in any democratic society, to check on the government for better service delivery. We still emphasize that at all times and in all situations there must always remain the respect for the rule of law and institutions.
Regarding the state of insecurity in parts of the country it is of great concern to us. Recently, there were incidents of insecurity in Mount Elgon and in parts of Northern and Coastal regions. The government has a primary mandate to protect its people and must therefore ensure people live without fear as they go about their daily endeavors.
In conclusion, we thank all Kenyans for their continued prayers and maintaining peace even at critical moments of the recent past. We pray that God blesses Kenya and God blesses our people. In anticipation we wish each one of you a happy Easter and the joy of the resurrected Christ.

______________________
Rt. Rev. Philip Anyolo
CHAIRMAN
KENYA CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS
Wednesday, 14th March 2018


BISHOP MUHATIA’S KEYNOTE ADDRESS DURING THE CATHOLIC PRIVATE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS CONFERENCE.

Category : Uncategorized

KEYNOTE ADDRESS DELIVERED DURING THE CATHOLIC PRIVATE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS CONFERENCE, MARCH 6TH -9TH, 2018 AT CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF EASTERN AFRICA BY RT. REV. MAURICE M. MAKUMBA CHAIRMAN COMMISSION FOR EDUCATION & RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, KENYA CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS

Prof. Justus Mbae Vice Chancellor of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa

Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Kimutai Rono- the General Secretary of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops

Members of Staff –Commission for Education & Religious Education

Education Secretaries and Religious Education Advisors

Principals, head teachers and Directors of Catholic Private Institutions

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen:

I welcome you to the CaPEIA 2018 Conference, a conference   that is focused on   leadership   in Catholic private educational institutions. It is a great joy to see you all and humbling to have you   in this great Auditorium. The Bishops Conference wishes to express   gratitude for the great work you are doing in ensuring that Catholic private schools offer quality education and remain truly Catholic.   I congratulate your    Schools for posting impressive 2017 KCPE and KCSE results.

The theme for this Conference is ‘Parental Empowerment and Engagement for holistic Education’’. This theme is inspired by Titus 2:7, ‘’In all things you yourself…be sincere and serious in your teaching’ This quotation from Titus singles what three things that parents and educators need to focus on that is faith, sincerity and seriousness in the education of their children.

This theme focuses on parenting in order to:

  1. Inspire parents to take up their role in values and faith formation of their children more seriously
  2. Encourage them to participate  in  all aspects of the education of their children
  • Support their children in achievement of their life goals
  1. Take up responsibility of preventing abuse of their children in and out of school
  2. Productively engage with the school administration and teachers for the good of their children
  3. Build our own capacity to empower parents/guardians as our collaborators in provision of holistic education.

We truly appreciate that the new curriculum has this theme as one of the major principles.

 

You will agree with me that   successful educational programs depend upon the cooperation and involvement of the parents with the school. According to Declaration on Christian Education (Gravissimum Educationis, 3; 1965),   parents have given children their life, they are bound by the most serious obligation to educate their offspring and therefore must be recognized as the primary and principal educators.

Therefore, partnership between your Catholic school and the families of pupils and students must continue and be strengthened: not simply to be able to deal with academic problems that may arise, but rather so that the educational goals of the school can be achieved.  This partnership is more important today, when   dealing with sensitive issues such as religion, moral values,   human sexuality education, pornography, social media, child protection as well as rights and responsibilities of children. This partnership is not a question of convenience, but a serious partnership based on faith, value of children as a gift from God and the future of any society.

We must make parents aware of    the dangers of Comprehensive Sexuality Education, and at the same time empower them to educate their children on age-appropriate human sexuality. Other threats to children in our schools that parents can assist to address are radicalization, drug abuse, teenage suicide which you are going to deal with this week.

Catholic tradition teaches that God has bestowed on the family its own specific and unique educational mission, we must uphold this mission in our schools  (Congregation for Catholic Education, 1988). As Catholic Educators we need to help   parents understand and appreciate their roles   in school as spelt out by Canon 792 §2;

        “Parents must cooperate closely with the teachers of the schools to which they entrust their children to be educated; moreover, teachers in fulfilling their duty are to collaborate very closely with parents, who are to be heard willingly and for whom associations or meetings are to be established and highly esteemed’’.   

  I call upon you to consider the following in empowering parents of your schools in the following roles:

  1. Being active in the faith development of their children and worship .Participating in school Masses when possible
  2. Ensuring children participate and contribute to Community service
  3. Instilling in each child positive values, attitudes and behaviour.
  4. Supporting school and class regulations and policies. These include policies such as Code of Dressing
  5. Supporting the educational programs offered at school by conscientious supervision of school assignments.

It is your task as   Catholic school leadership to ensure that parents understand what Catholic identity of a school is and engage them in maintaining that identity

I am asking each of your schools to draw up a formal program of continuous parental empowerment and engagement that can be monitored assessed and replicated somewhere else. This is a task CaPEIA at the Diocese should undertake as this year’s   assignment. I look forward to listening to the best practices and lessons learnt from your schools during next years’ CaPEIA Conference.

I will now address you on your other roles

  1. Spiritual leaders in and of Catholic schools.

You are leaders with a difference; leaders in and of institutions whose first mission is to make “disciples of all nations ’’Matthew 28:18-20. You can only make disciples if you are one. Therefore, the need to model discipleship is paramount in Catholic schools. In your school,  a  number of   staff may not be practising Catholics and it is not likely to be any time.  These members look up to you to understand and appreciate what the Catholic faith is all about and how it can impact on life positively. As leaders, there is need:

  • Have annual induction for all members of staff on Catholic identity
  • Identify core –Christian values and systematically inculcate them in the school community
  • Ensure the Catholic children receive age –appropriate catechism
  • Prepare well for and celebrate the school Saint day and other days of obligation
  • Carry out faith formation programs for all staff ( not for conversion purposes).It is this same staff who understand what the Catholic faith is about that will impart Catholic values on the learners.
  1. Educational Leaders

As educational leaders there is need to adhere to the established Church and Government regulations including:

  • Competitive recruitment of teachers in respect to quality, performance and character (background search is very important)
  • Ensuring that all teachers are registered by the TSC .It is a criminal offense with tough penalties to have a non-registered teacher n any school today. Registration is for the good of your school
  • Not engaging anyone who has been de-registered by TSC for whatever reasons.
  • Ensuring child friendly learning environment with no corporal punishment.
  • Using competency based teaching methodologies to maintain performance.

On governance, every school should have a formerly established and functional Board of Management. This will give a sense of accountability to the stakeholders and will shield the head and manager of the institution from uncalled for suspicion and criticism.

 

As I conclude, I wish to address   you as CaPEIA Association members.

I note with gratitude that the numbers are increasing every successive year .This is a sign that what CaPEIA is doing is attracting attention .I encourage you to continue with activities at your school, Diocesan and national level with even greater enthusiasm.

We are aware that we have many more Catholic private Educational institutions out there waiting to be introduce to CaPEIA BY YOU. I invite each one of you to seek out one other Catholic educational institution and bring them to the fold,  so that in  the year 2019 ,the number here will be doubled. Remember as Catholics “United we stand’’- We shall make a stronger impression and greater discipleship.’’.

I wish you very fruitful discussions and may this conference be to you an opportunity to learn, reflect, share and enhance your spiritual growth and professional skills.

I will leave you with these challenging words from Pope Benedict XV1

“A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person. And a good Catholic school, over and above this, should help all its students to become saints.’

 

 

Thank you  & God Bless You All !


HOLY CROSS