KAKAMEGA, MARCH 13, 2015(CISA) – Bishop Joseph Obanyi was on Saturday March 7 ordained for the Catholic diocese of Kakamega.
The colourful ceremony was presided over by the outgoing bishop of Kakamega, Philip Sulumeti and attended by thousands of faithful at Bukhungu stadium.
“I am retiring in Kakamega. From today I will refer to you as my father and promise to respect and be obedient to you,” Bishop Sulumeti 77 told the incoming bishop.
Bishop Sulumeti urged his successor to learn the Luhya language to make it easy for him to communicate with his flock.
“….Dear brother Joseph Obanyi learn the local language, Luhya so that you can smell the smell of your sheep…attend to the flock in which the Holy Spirit appoints you as an overseer of the church of God in the name of the father whose image you personify in the church,” said the outgoing bishop.
The Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Charles Balvo and John Cardinal Njue, 25 catholic bishops and over 100 priests and nuns attended the ceremony.
The occasion was also attended by Deputy President William Ruto, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Senator Dr Bonny Khalwale among other host of local religious and political leaders.