Pope Francis accepts the resignation of the Catholic Bishop of Kitale in Kenya and appoints his successor

Mons. Odonya began his priestly formation in 1997 at St. Mary’s Propaedeutic Molo Seminary in the Diocese of Nakuru, Kenya.

He later joined St. Augustine Mabanga Seminary in Bungoma Diocese and St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Nairobi Archdiocese for his philosophical and theological studies respectively.

As a priest, the bishop-designate has served in various capacities, including parish vicar of the parishes of Kapcherop and Ndalat in the diocese of Eldoret; Pastor of the parishes of Kapcherop and Kolongolo and Chepchoina of the diocese of Kitale and as Fidei Donum priest.

At the national level, the graduate of the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, where he obtained a degree in Missiology in 2018, has been President of the Association of Fidei Donum Priests in Kenya and President of the Priests’ Association of the Diocese.

At the time of his appointment as bishop, Mons. Odonya served as Former Former at St. Patrick’s Philosophy House in the Archdiocese of Durban, South Africa.

Once ordained bishop, the Kenyan-born cleric, who will become the youngest Catholic bishop in the East African country, will serve as second local ordinary of the 11,737-square-kilometer diocese established in April 1998.

The diocese is reported to have a population of 264,000 Catholics Statistics 2019 and is part of the ecclesiastical province of Kisumu.

Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a keen interest in communications related to the Catholic Church. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has extensive experience in the media production industry. He currently works as a journalist for ACI Africa.

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