A convoy of more than 120 vehicles made its way into Eldoret yesterday, marking the grand entrance of new Catholic bishop of Eldoret Diocese Dominic Kimengich into his new station. After he crossed into Uasin Gishu County, the cleric made his first stop at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church in Moi’s Bridge, where he kissed the ground showing that he was ready to humbly serve the Diocese of Eldoret.
Today, large crowds braved the mud at the Mother of Apostles Seminary, where a mass was to held in the morning before another celebration at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in town in the afternoon. President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to be among guests to receive the new cleric.
On Friday, Kimengich said that he was ready to serve at his new station, and Uasin Gishu Governor asked him to join in peace efforts in Elgeyo Marakwet County.
Bishop Dominic Kimengich is now the presiding Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret. Kimengich was born on the 23rd of April in 1961 which makes him 59 years old.
He was first ordained as a priest in the Diocese of Nakuru in September 1986, where he served until March 2010 when he was appointed the Auxilliary Bishop of the Diocese of Lodwar and Titular Bishop of Tanaramusa. Finally, Kimengich served as the Bishop of Lodwar until he was finally installed as the Bishop of the Diocese of Eldoret on the 1st of February, 2020.
Born on the 23rd of April, 1961 in Kituro, Baringo County, Kimengich is taking over the reins in Eldoret from Bishop Cornelius Korir who passed on in 2017.
The new Bishop is already a trailblazer. He was the first African Bishop of the Diocese of Turkana. Before him, the diocese had been operating under the leadership of the Irish Missionaries of St. Patrick Missionary Society.
Kimengich found the people of Turkana suffering from bandit attacks and cattle raiding. He focused his work on enhancing the role of the church in peacemaking in Turkana. The clergyman called for more investment in education, peacebuilding and preaching the word of God in order to achieve peace.
Bishop Dominic Kimengich arrives in Eldoret to a rousing welcome. On 31st of January and 1st of February, several roads were closed off to allow thousands of Catholic faithful to welcome their new Bishop. He crossed over officially to Uasin Gishu County at a ceremony at Moi’s Bridge on Friday. Afterward, he was officially received at the County Assembly of Uasin Gishu. On Saturday the 1st of February 2020, Kimengich will be at Mother of Apostles Seminary in Eldoret town at 10 am, and later on at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in the CBD.
More than 10,000 Catholic faithful will be thronging the town of Eldoret to receive Dominic Kimengich. Governors Jackson Mandago, Josphat Nanok, Alex Tolgos, and Stanley Kiptis will be joining President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto at his installation.
Pope Francis appointed Dominic Kimengich as the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret in November last year and he has been waiting for his installation until this year.
Uganda Road Closed
Police from Eldoret West have closed Uganda Road to allow 10,000 Catholic faithful to receive Bishop Kimengich in a colorful procession throughout the town. The section of Uganda Road starting from Paul’s Bakery to Sacred Heart Cathedral will be closed. Protestant clergymen and teh Muslim religious leaders will also attend the ceremony.
A large delegation of Catholics faithful from Baringo County will also be pouring into Uasin Gishu to celebrate their son.
After the Diocese of Eldoret lost its Bishop Cornelius Korir in 2017, the Pope appointed Kitale Bishop Rt. Rev. Maurice Crowley to act as the Apostolic Administrator in charge of the Diocese of Eldoret.
On Saturday the 16th of November 2019, Bishop Kimengich’s appointment to the Diocese of Eldoret was made public officially. His appointment letter arrived at the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops on that day, delivered by Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya Bert van Megen.
Kimengich’s career in the clergy began in 1986 when he was ordained into the priesthood in Nakuru Diocese.
Born on 23rd, April 1961, Bishop Kimengich was ordained as a priest of Nakuru Diocese on 14th, September 1986. He was appointed as an Auxiliary Bishop of Lodwar and Titular Bishop of Tanaramusa on 20th, March 2010. Bishop Kimengich was ordained Titular Bishop of Tanaramusa on 22nd, May 2010, and appointed Bishop of Lodwar on 5th, March 2011.
Kimengich also served as a rector of St. Joseph’s Junior Seminary in Molo and St. Matthias Mulumba Major Seminary in Tindinyo. He was part of the Kenya Catholic Secretariat in Nairobi and as Judge of the Diocesan Ecclesiastical Tribunal of Nakuru.
His predecessor at Lodwar Diocese was Bishop Patrick Harrington. Harrington was an Irish priest with the Society of African Missions who was the Bishop of Lodwar from the year 2000 when he was appointed to 2011 when he resigned and was succeeded by Dominic Kimengich. Harrington was born in Ireland in Kilmaleague County and ordained in 1963 with the Society of African Missions. Harrington resigned in March of 2011. When Dominic Kimengich took over as the Bishop of Lodwar, he was the first African Bishop.