By Rose Achiego:

The Catholic Church in Kenya on 27th November 2014 launched the year of consecrated life which was declared by His Holiness Pope Francis to begin on 30th November 2014 and to end on 2nd February 2016.

Leading the Catholic faithful in launching the year at the Resurrection Garden, Nairobi, the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, His Eminence John Cardinal Njue called on consecrated men and women to reflect deeply and rejuvenate their mission of evangelization to be able to continue serving God.

“Our dear consecrated men and women, we know that your work in the harvest of the Lord has not always been easy given the challenges you are facing today because of the decline in vocations in the religious life,” said Cardinal Njue. “We know that some of you are struggling with issues that make you doubt the future of your congregation in particular, and in general, of the consecrated life. May the word of the Lord bring you the consolation you need in the journey towards the kingdom.”

The Cardinal said the year has been provided for the consecrated life  by the Holy See as a time for intense reflection regarding the way they have been faithful to the religious life which they profess  to live, given as individual religious to re-examine themselves  and to re-visit their dedication.

Cardinal Njue noted that the mission of evangelization calls for total dedication, commitment and selflessness. He further said the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops through its institutions led by the Commission for the Clergy and Religious and Tangaza College  will organize activities that will enable the religious people to re-energize.

Speaking at the same function, the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan, His Excellency Charles Daniel Balvo paid glowing tribute to the religious men and women for their commitment and dedication in offering their services. “You have always been a central part of our community,” said Archbishop Balvo.

He said noted that from his visits around dioceses in Kenya and South Sudan, he had observed the great sacrifice that the religious give to God and the people and said he was grateful for this.

“This is a special time to renew your commitment, dedication to the charism to which you promised your lives,” he said. “I wish you the Lord’s continuous strength to remain faithful.”

The colourful launch was also attended by the Chairman of the Commission for the Clergy and Religious, Rt. Rev Anthony Ireri Mukobo, Bishop of the Military Ordinariate, Rt. Rev Alfred Rotich, Nairobi Auxiliary Bishop Rt. Rev David Kamau, KCCB Ag. General Secretary, Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Rono, the clergy, religious men and women from different congregations and the laity from various regions of the country.

The theme for the Year of Consecrated Life is “Wake up to wake up the world.”


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