Philip Anyolo installed as the new Archbishop of Nairobi Diocese
Philip Anyolo was on Saturday morning officially installed as the fifth Archbishop of the Diocese of Nairobi at St Mary's, Msongari.
This came a day after Nairobi Catholic Archdiocese faithful welcomed him, their new shepherd, in a day marked with colorful processions, song, dance and prayers.
Anyolo on Friday expressed his readiness to work with all Christians and the vast population of the capital city.
Anyolo’s journey on Friday to Holy Family Basilica in the heart of the capital city detouring to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Parish, in Ngarariga, Limuru and Saints Peter and Paul Kiambu Parish where the faithful welcomed him.
While expressing his excitement and eagerness to serve as the new archbishop of the Nairobi, Anyolo acknowledged the challenges ahead, as he takes over from John Cardinal Njue who retired last year, after attaining the age of 75, the mandatory retirement age for Catholic bishops.
“I’m very much encouraged, from the faces of the people whom I’ve met and from the welcome. I’m very much encouraged to work with the people of God in this diocese,” he said.
Holy Family Basilica, the seat of power in Nairobi Archdiocese was the day's climax.
In line with the Catholic Liturgical procedures, Anyolo led special evening prayers known as the Vespers, on the eve of his installation.
The Pope's representative in Kenya, Archbishop Bert van Megen, who was the principal installer in Saturday's event at St Mary's, Msongari was present.
Prior to his appointment, Anyolo has been the Archbishop of Kisumu since November 15, 2018.
He previously served as Bishop in Kericho and Homa Bay Dioceses. He hails from Tongaren, Bungoma and was ordained a priest on October 15, 1983.