10 December 2010

Kenya - Diocese to Mark First Anniversary of Priest's Death

Kericho — The catholic Diocese of Kericho in the north-west of Kenya will mark the first anniversary of the death of a Kiltegan missionary on Saturday December 11.

According to Fr Gabriel Dolan, the diocese had organised the first anniversary Mass as a precursor to the December 11 anniversary.

The mass was presided over by Bishop Maurice Crowley of Kitale Diocese, who preached the homily in the late priest's old parish of Kiongo on December 6. He was assisted by Fr Samuel Karanja, Vicar General of Kericho Diocese.

"It was a beautiful celebration well planned and guided by the current priests in Kiongo, Jonah Sigei and Peter Bii. The church was packed with a congregation of nearly 500 people including nuns and priests," Fr Dolan said.

"The choir put a lot of effort into the liturgy and also presented a lovely recitation after communion recalling Fr Gerry's achievements in various parishes as well as his call to faith and hard work," he added.

He mentioned that no results from the Government Chemist have been successful so far. "The report from the Chemist stated that "every effort is being made to complete the analysis as soon as possible."

"Apparently, some chemicals required for the tests are not available," Fr Dolan said.

Nine people were arraigned in court for the murder of the Irish Missionary who was brutally murdered in December 2009 in his Kiongo parish where he had worked for 41 years. Seven witnesses have already testified in the case and the next hearing is set for February 15, 2011.

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