Philip Anyolo appointed new head of the Archdiocese of Nairobi

Kenya Catholic Bishops’ Conference President Bishop Philip Anyolo. [Kipsang Joseph, Standard]

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Philip Arnold Subira Anyolo as the new Archbishop of Nairobi.

Yesterday’s announcement was made on behalf of the Vatican by the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan, Bishop Bert Van Megen.

Archbishop Anyolo succeeds retired Archbishop Emeritus John Cardinal Njue.

Since Cardinal Njue resigned on January 4, 2021 when he reached the official retirement age for bishops, Auxiliary Bishop David Kamau has served as the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Nairobi.

“I have the honor and pleasure to inform you that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Philip Anyolo, currently Archbishop of Kisumu, Archbishop of Nairobi,” Megen said in a brief statement.

The appointment was officially published in L’Osservatore Romano at 1 p.m. Kenya time before being communicated to the Kenya Catholic Bishops’ Conference (KCCB) where Anyolo served as president between October 2013 and May 2021.

Archbishop Anyolo was born on May 18, 1956 in Tongaren, Bungoma County. As a child, his peers remember him as a simple village boy whose interest in the priesthood was influenced by three priests – two Irish and one Kenyan who served in Bungoma.

The priests were Noel McHenry, Tom Smith and Philip Sulumeti, who has since retired as Bishop of the Diocese of Kakamega.

He was ordained a priest for the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret in 1983. Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Kericho on December 6, 1995 and was consecrated Bishop of Kericho on February 3, 1996.

The Holy Father John Paul II appointed him Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Homa Bay on February 20, 2002 following the resignation of the Very Reverend Linus Okok Okwach.

He was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Homa Bay on March 22, 2003. Bishop Anyolo was appointed Archbishop of the Diocese of Kisumu on November 15, 2018 and installed on January 16, 2019.

During his installation ceremony, Archbishop Anyolo said: “I come among you as a humble shepherd ready to lose my life for God’s own flock and ready to tell you all that I have learned. of God. My urgent call to all of you is to forgive one another for our hearts. ”


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