The Department consists of the following programmes
3. catechetical and Family Life
8. Judicial Vicar
The Office of the Lay Apostolate in the Diocese was officially started in 1995 by the then Bishop Rt. Rev. Raphael Ndingi Mwana a’ Nzeki (Archbishop Emeritus of Nairobi).
The current Coordinator is Mr Ronald Sunguti
To empower the lay people in the Church with skills that will enable them take an active role in the affairs of the Church.
Its primary functions are to:
- Facilitate full participation of the laity in the Church ministry,
- Assist the laity to fulfil the Apostolic roles as taught by the Catholic Church,
Develop capacity building strategies designed to strengthen the role of the laity so as to facilitate and promote self-reliance within the different levels of the church structure.
The lay congregations (Catholic Women, Catholic Men, Young Catholic Christians, Devotional groups in the Catholic Church, The Choir, and others).
- Training of Parish Pastoral Council leaders.
- Training of Devotional Group leaders and other associations in the Church.
Organizing for spiritual activities
The Communication Department in the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru is headed by a Coordinator.The current Coordinator is Sr Michelle Njeri
The department consist of three sub departments namely
St Mary’s Printing Press
Triza Isika -Accountant
Radio Amani (88.3FM) was established in the Diocese in the year 2009, as a community Radio for peace.
To be the leading community Radio Station that will educate, inform and entertain the entire community in the Central and Northern Rift Valley region; with quality non-partisan radio programmes that contribute to peaceful co-existence and reconciliation.
The current Station Manager is Moses Munyoki
RADIO STAFF IN VARIOUS ACTIVITIES
The Catholic Bookshop was established in 1977.The current Administrator is Esther Gathoni.
- Sale of religious books,
- Educational books and motivational books
catechetical and Family Life
The Catechetical office was established in 1969.
To catechize the community to bear true Christian witness
The married couples
- Catechists’ training and on-going formation.
- Promotion of the Pontifical Missionary Childhood Society (PMC).
- Training of PMC animators.
Christian Family Life Education (CFLE)
Fr David Ngigi is the Vocation Director and the PMS Director in the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru
PONTIFICAL MISSIONARY CHILDHOOD SOCIETY (PMC)
The Society of the Holy Childhood/PMC was officially started in France in 1843 by Bishop Charles De Forbin Janson. In the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru, it was introduced for the first time in the year 1997 at Holy Cross parish Shabab through the great missionary effort of Mr. Raphael Charles Opata, with over six hundred children joining as members for the first time. Since then, the number of the PMC children has increased tremendously. Today, the society is present in forty seven (47) parishes in the Diocese.
PMC is organized in such a way that it has International Office in Rome, National Office in each country and local Office in each Diocese. The Society focuses on the spiritual, human and social formation for children of primary school age.
AIM AND OBJECTIVE OF PMC
It aims at fostering Christian faith and missionary formation of children and to help them take their responsibility in the Church as missionaries. The objectives are:
- To teach the Catholic faith to all Children and to safeguard their rights.
- To stimulate in children the spirit of prayer and generosity.
- To help children to proclaim the Gospel to other children through their work of charity and providing material help to those most needy.
In the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru, we have three events at the Diocesan level that bring children of different parishes together, namely:
- The Diocesan PMC thanksgiving Mass with the Bishop which usually takes place in the month of November each year. It is during this occasion that all children take the opportunity to present their missionary tins with their contributions and donations of food stuffs to help the needy children. This is in line with their Motto: “Children Helping Children.”
- The Diocesan PMC pilgrimage to Marian Shrine Subukia which normally happens during April school holidays each year. During this occasion, children are sensitized to pray for the salvation of the poor and abandoned children all over the world. The members are encouraged to pray at least one Hail Mary every day and to offer small sacrifices for the needy children in the society.
- The Diocesan PMC Music Festivals, which usually takes place in the month of October each year. This is to nurture and promote different talents in children. During this occasion, children take the opportunity to evangelize their fellow children through music, poems and drama.
Rev Fr John Kipruto -Hospital Chaplain