KITUI JULY 03, 2015 (CISA) – The Catholic diocese of Kitui has held a ground breaking ceremony for the Our Lady of Protection Shrine in Museve.
John Cardinal Njue led the ceremony that took place June 27, 2015.
“Our Lady of Protection Shrine in Museve will upon its completion be “a place to encourage prayer and help build people’s faith,” Bishop Anthony Muheria of the Catholic diocese of Kitui said in an interview with CISA.
“The shrine is central and very important to the Church in Kitui,” said the Bishop who is also the Apostolic Administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Machakos.
The shrine will not only be an icon of faith but also of care for those in distress.
“Many people in the diocese undergo a lot of suffering and sometimes they don’t know where to take them. The shrine will take them away from superstitious ways to supernatural ways of solving their problems. For us is for the spiritual heart of the diocese,” added the bishop.
“Every Christian is making a contribution according to their affordability but the measure of contribution is a chicken so that everyone can afford. We expect to collect over 1000 chicken from the Christians right now,” he said.
The diocese expects to raise two million with chicken contribution and 10 million from a number of planned fundraising dinners.
The shrine whose construction will happen in three phases and expected to begin at the end of the year, will include a church with a capacity of about 800 people, a square with a capacity of 50,000 people, a prayer trail for conducting rosaries and way of the cross and a nature contemplation trail.
“God willing in four years we should be able to finish the entire project,” concluded Bishop Muheria.