NAIROBI JULY 22, 2016(CISA)- Fr Joseph Waithaka, the new Regional Superior of the Consolata Missionaries Kenya/Uganda, and his four-member council took oath of office on Wednesday July 20 at the Consolata Provincial House in Westlands, Nairobi.
“I am delighted and grateful to you all my dearest confreres in Kenya and Uganda for the trust and confidence you have bestowed upon me as your regional superior,” said Fr Waithaka in his maiden speech. Acknowledging the great work done by the outgoing superior Fr Hieronymus Joya, Fr Waithaka promised to give continuity to the good work already done.
“There are positive trends, policies made, successes realized in the last years. May I personally encourage you all to work for continuity of all these great works and achievements realised in our region. Forward ever, backwards never. Let’s work together, improve in the best way possible these strides so far gained,” he said.
Fr Hieronymus Joya, the outgoing superior in his speech thanked the confreres for their collaboration and support during his two terms as superior noting that he leaves the office having transformed the region in all aspects.
“The region is better prepared for the future growth, development and expansion… Thank you for your collaboration, for working together and for achieving all that we have in these past years. It was God’s work; it was your effort and collaboration with you all while being guided, inspired and blessed by God,” he concluded.
Fr Waithaka said that his government is determined to take the region towards self-reliance adding that together, they will work to foster quality vocations in the region.
“The abundance vocation is a sign of life and of the good work missionaries have done and are doing, it is a positive sign of an institute which walks on and grows,” he said.
The other members of the council include Fr Mathew Magak, as the Vice Superior and Fr Angelo Riboli, Fr Leo Bagenda and Bro. Clarence Lukungu as councillors.Fr Waithaka, 56 hails from Thegu parish, in the Catholic Archdiocese of Nyeri.
He has 25 years of priesthood and has worked as a missionary in Colombia and Brazil.