KENYA: Church to Mark 22nd Memorial of Fr Kaiser on August 28


NAIROBI, AUGUST 26, 2022 (CISA)-The Catholic Justice and Peace Department (CJPD) of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) has released a Peace Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi for the rest of August in marking the 22nd anniversary of the late Rev Fr John Anthony Kaiser.

The anniversary celebrations will be marked across all dioceses on August 28.

Fr John Anthony Kaiser was on August 24, 2000, found dead at Morendat near Naivasha Town, along the Nakuru-Nairobi Highway. The cause of his death could not be ascertained, which prompted the Government of Kenya to open an inquest into Fr Kaiser’s death at the request of KCCB.

The inquest ended on June 12, 2007, after hearing and gathering evidence from 111 witnesses. On August 1, 2007, the then-presiding magistrate ruled that Fr Kaiser had been assassinated and that the ‘suicide theory’ was based on a preconceived notion. She further stated that she could not, based on evidence tabled before her in the inquest, point out with certainty who killed the priest.

Born in Perham, Minnesota United States of America on November 23, 1932, Fr Kaiser was ordained in St. Louis for the Mill Hill Fathers in 1964 and was sent to their mission in Kenya the same year. He worked in the Catholic Diocese of Kisii for 20 years; and later in the dioceses of Nakuru and Ngong.