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NAKURU DEANERY MASS

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“we are the face of the Diocese “very Rev Fr Mbogo during Nakuru  Deanery mass

Nakuru Deanery mass is an annual event this year the mass was held at St Augustine Parish –Kiamunyi. The main celebrant was the Vicar General assisted by other priests from the eight Parishes in the Deanery.

The Vicar General welcomed and recognized all the parishes present. He also recognized the newly elected leaders and thanked the outgoing leaders for their hard work and commitment. “we are the face of the Diocese” said the vicar general as he encouraged all groups to be active in the parishes, Deanery and Diocese.

Fr Njogu who is the Dean encouraged the faithful to consider the sacrament of matrimony in order to be ready to receive Christ present in the Eucharist. He also thanked all who participated to make the event a success.

 


Opening of Parish Number (52) St Monica Parish -Lanet

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NAKURU DIOCESE OPENS THE  52ND PARISH

St Monica Lanet Parish under Fr Andati adds as the fifth member of the Parishes in Lanet Deanery. On 8th July 2018 the parish was officially opened in a mass led by Bishop Muhatia assisted by Frs. Kiriti,Benja,Mureithi and  Andati. To mark the day there was confirmation, matrimony and commissioning of Catholic Women Association (CWA) new members.

Bishop Maurice Muhatia thanked God for the successful completion of the Parish. He also thanked Fr Daniel Kiriti and the Christians for the hard work and commitment in building the church “Keep the faith “the bishop added as he thanked the donors of the land and the first Christians of the Parish.

In the first reading of the day the Bishop likened the sending of Prophet Ezekiel to preach the good news to the opening of the new parish. “As we start a new parish we proclaim the foundation of prophet Ezekiel, we are all invited to proclaim and evangelize and not to lose focus” He said.

The bishop encouraged the Christians to be instruments of Evangelization in marriage, society, country and the world. The church is the bride of Christ as Christians of St Monica we are called to live in holiness because Christ our bride is holy “he added.

Referring to the second reading the bishop encouraged the Christians to persevere and avoid the gospel of prosperity. He encouraged them to trust in God because his grace is always sufficient. Christ was rejected by his own people but remained focused to the end.

“Dear Christians of St Monica pray for the grace of God, even in hardship be strong in faith. Prayer changes everything St Augustine Changed because of the Prayers of St Monica. Your Patron Saint Monica will lead all of you in prayers as you evangelize as CWA, CMA, CYA, Youth and PMC. Do not fear to proclaim the good news because we are instruments” The Bishop concluded.

Fr Kiriti the Parish priest of St Paul wanyororo from which St Monica was an outstation congratulated the Christians for taking up the challenge of desiring to be a parish and working towards it.  “A parish is a sign of growth in faith in the Diocese” he said and hoped to continue working together with the Christians and new parish priest.Fr Andati on his part promised to journey together with the Christians while Fr Mureithi the dean welcomed the new parish to Lanet Deanery.

 


Fr Derry Buckley SPS Memorial mass

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The late Fr Derry Buckley was remembered at a memorial mass officiated by His Grace peter Kairo,Bishop Maurice Crowley and Bishop Muhatia at the Cathedral Church of Christ the King also present were priest from St Patricks and the Diocese,religious men and women and the Laity.

in his homily Fr Bosco SPS remembered fr Derry as a man of few words who understood his vocation as a missionary priest.”Derry was a society man,organised,capable and faithful to the society.He was a beckon to others,had a great mind and a consummate teacher who invited people to find solutions for their problems rather than doing it for them”.

Fr Derry was among the missionaries recognized by Bishop Muhatia during the diocesan golden jubilee this year as he was was turning 50 in priesthood.

Fr Derry was born in Blackpool, Cork, on the 1st of June 1941. He came to Kiltegan in September 1959 and was ordained on the 14th of April 1968. He spent most of his life as a missionary in Kenya working mainly in the Diocese of Nakuru. Derry had a B.Sc degree from UCC and was very skilled with computers. He was Diocesan Procurator for many years. He also worked in the following parishes: Elburgon, Molo, Kericho and Kituro. He spent a short while on promotion work in Cliffside Park, New Jersey in the early 1990s. Derry died suddenly at the home of his brother Con in Ballinlough, Cork, on Friday the 23rd of March 2018. May he rest in peace.

 


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

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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 !


MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Jesus is the reason for the season.Merry christmas and a happy new year.


CDN CARITAS DAY

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On 17th December 2017 the CDN  Caritas Office celebrated the caritas day together with the Christians and secretariat staff at the Cathedral church of Christ the King.Fr Mark was the celebrant.

As explained by Mr Hillary Korir -Caritas Director the day is ment also to support and create awareness on the needy people in the society.Ms Pauline thogo -Project officer was able to introduce the staff who worked at Development office now Caritas since its inception.Gifts were also given to them.

 


CDN CHOIRS -GOLDEN JUBILEE MASS

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Choir members from the Deaneries in the Diocese attended mass on 28th October 2017 at the Cathedral Church of Christ the King.This is part of the various activities this year aimed at enabling all the groups in the church to celebrated the Golden Jubilee.

The celebrant was Rt Rev Maurice Muhatia assisted by Very REV Fr Mbogo and Fr Kogo.in his homily the bishop caution the members to be agents of peace and love and to avoid spreading hate speech especially through social media.He encouraged them to quit  whats up or Facebook groups that spread propaganda especially on negative ethnicity.

by requesting for the song “simama imara katika imani usiogope” which means stand firm in faith do not be afraid.His Lordship encouraged the choir members to pray for the country especially at this political period.At the end of mass the song bind us together Lord reminded the members present to stay united.


Pope Francis: appeals for peace in world, calm in Kenya

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THANKSGIVING MASS FOR DISCIPLINED FORCES AND THEIR FAMILY

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The annual thanksgiving mass for the disciplined forces and their families took place on 30th september 2017 at christ the king cathedral nakuru.The mass was officiated by Rt Rev Salesius Mugambi -Bishop of Meru.This years theme was “Put your trust in the Lord”(Psalms 118:18)


ROSA MYSTICA -NEW BLOCK AT ST MARYS PASTORAL CENTRE

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Rosa Mystica which translate into Waridi lenye Fumbo in swahili is the  name of the new block at St Marys Pastoral Centre-Nakuru.Rosa Mystica block has  50 rooms( six Executive and 44 standard rooms).At an affordable price people from all walks of life are invited to Rosa Mystica for  Retreat,conferences,team building and leisure.for more information Kindly contat Mrs. Lilian Omwoyo  the Manager on   0728906742 or 0716607995

 

The event started with mass which was presided by the Rt Rev Maurice Muhatia -Bishop of Nakuru and priests from the diocese.in attendance were the Christians and stakeholders.The Director of st Marys Pastoral centre  Fr Joseph Wainaina introduced the board members while  Fr Kamau the financial Administrator gave the financial report.Mr Julius Matasyo the diocesan Architect introduced the team he work with to make the building a success.

 


HOLY CROSS