Ordination of Lodwar Auxiliary Bishop

Lodwar celebrates the ordination of its Auxiliary Bishop

Following his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI, the Very Rev Dominic Kimengich was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Lodwar, Kenya on Saturday, 22 May 2010. The Bishop-elect is from Nakuru diocese.

The Principal Consecrators were His Eminence John Cardinal Ejue of Nairobi, Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth of Kisumu and Bishop Patrick J Harrington SMA of Lodwar.

Due to the large crowd which attended the Episcopal Ordination, the ceremony took place in the grounds of St Augustine’s Cathedral in Lodwar. Before the liturgical celebration there was the traditional ‘handing over’ of their son by the people of Nakuru to a group of Turkana Elders of Lodwar diocese.

The bishop-elect will assist the Bishop of Lodwar, Rt Rev Patrick J Harrington SMA, in the pastoral care of the diocese. The diocese of Lodwar, with 22 parishes, covers 77,000 square kilometres. According to the most recent statistics (from the KEC – Catholic Secretariat) there are 47 priests, 49 Sisters and 7 Brothers serving a population of 484,000 of which 106,018 are Catholic. Five SMA’s (Bishop Harrington, 1 Brother and 3 priests) are among those serving in the diocese. There are 50 female religious also serving in the diocese.