1st February 2014 will for a long time be remembered in the Catholic Diocese of Machakos and possibly in Kenya. On this day, all the roads in the Catholic Diocese of Machakos led to the Mary Mother of God Shrine Komarock. In this historic event, three things took place: the closing of the year of faith and launching the Year of The Family; the ordination of thirty deacons to priesthood; and launching of the Ten Years’ Journey of Achievements magazine, in honor of Bishop Martin Kivuva’s ten years episcopate in the diocese.

Christians in their thousands flocked the Shrine, braving the scorching sun and rough terrain to witness this significant occasion characterized by prayer. Over thirty thousand people attended. In attendance were political leaders from the area, government representatives and other religious leaders from other denominations.

In his homily, Bishop Kivuva urged married couples to remain faithful to each other as this would help better the future lives of their children through their good upbringing. “Are we living truly and faithfully as Christians,” posed Bishop Kivuva adding that “we must desist from getting ourselves into marriages that do not last. We need to be good examples to others. Everyone in his or her family should make sure that they live a married life that pleases God and glorifies Him.”

In a message to the youth he warned: “The youth should not be lured by earthly glories to the extent of forgetting their parents by saying ‘after all I can buy another father or mother’. You cannot buy a father or mother, money cannot buy parents!” said the bishop.

Komarok Shrine

Bishop Kivuva congratulated the nelwy ordained priests for their perseverance, the formators for the good work of journeying with the candidates, the priests and the parents for the sacrifice made in order to prepare the candidates for ordination. “Like Abraham, all are called to leave their places of comfort and follow Jesus in service of others,” he said adding “this call is out of obedience and faith to fully live the Christian vocation.

The bishop urged the new priests to think deeply on their call since they have been called from the people and sent back to serve them following in the example of Christ who came to serve and not to be served. He reminded them of their responsibility; to preach the word of God and administer sacraments to them. “You should seek those who have gone astray and return them to the fold,” said the bishop. “You have to be faithful in your vocation and keep steadfast in prayer.”


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