MOMBASA, FEBRUARY 24, 2015 (CISA) – Archbishop Martin Kivuva Musonde was on February 21 installed as the archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa.
The installation ceremony took place at Mombasa Municipal Stadium presided over by John Cardinal Njue.
It brought together civic and church leaders including bishops and priests as well as thousands of faithful from the 52 different parishes of the archdiocese of Mombasa and beyond.
“Our dear Christians of Mombasa today is an historical day. That new page has been opened,” said Cardinal Njue during his remarks, adding. “It will be wonderful if you can be involved in writing that page, to make the archdiocese shine.”
The cardinal further called on priests, men and women religious who are the collaborators of the new archbishop to play their different roles and show their cooperation by walking together with their archbishop.
The papal bull (papers of appointment by the Vatican) was read by Fr Willbard Lagho, the Vicar General of the archdiocese of Mombasa.
The newly installed archbishop thanked the Pope for entrusting him “with this big responsibility” but added “that the lord will provide.”
The archbishop thanked the people of Machakos, especially the clergy, religious men and women for the achievements gained in the diocese including the growth in the number of parishes from 41 to 78 saying “without you we could have done nothing.”
“My plan for this archdiocese is the same plan of Jesus, our master. That all may be saved, that all may have life and have it in abundance and last but not least that all may be one. May God bless this work plan” stated Archbishop Kivuva.