KENYA: CWA Marks International Women’s Day by Visiting Aged, Ailing Priests

By Odiwuor Opiyo

KISUMU, MARCH 8, 2022 (CISA) – The Catholic Women Association (CWA) of the Archdiocese of Kisumu gathered at St Joseph Milimani Parish on March 8, to celebrate Holy Mass, commemorating International Women’s Day under the theme ‘Gender equality for sustainable life,’, and to visit the aged and ailing priests at the clergy home.

“This is a very important day for the entire world because women …are the source of livelihood. God gives life through them. …as we celebrate this day, we congratulate all of the women who are the breadwinners, providers of food and are the protectors of children,” said Fr Frederick Odhiambo Oyugi, the Parish Priest at St Joseph Milimani, in his message to the faithful of Kisumu on Radio Maria-Kisumu Facebook page.

“In our diocese, the Catholic Women Association (CWA) is a very strong movement that supports vocation, supports liturgical activities in the entire diocese. The go out to the needy in the community, they go out to the sick, they go out to the vulnerable,” said Fr Fred.

Fr Fred who is the Vocations Director of the Archdiocese of Kisumu and administrator of St Monica Hospital was buoyant of the CWA members’ move to celebrate the day by visiting the elderly and sickly priests of the diocese living at the clergy home, which is situated at the parish.

“We are thanking God for the gift of the women and today there is so much talk on the gender equality and so in the spiritual world, we pray for more vocations to the religious life. We pray for more vocations to married life and in the political world we pray that women would come and rise up to these positions of leadership,” urged the cleric.

Fr Fred urged the men to celebrate this day and to continue protecting, listening and hearing out women for each “has a treasure and a contribution to the world.”

He however, called upon “all women to join together through the association so that they are able to develop their four pillars of life; the spiritual, the social, the pastoral and the economic empowerment.”