KENYA: Regional Superior Fr Peter Makau IMC, Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Isiolo

By Paschal Norbert

NAIROBI, MARCH 6, 2024 (CISA) – Pope Francis has appointed Rev Fr Peter Munguti Makau IMC, Regional Superior of Kenya/Uganda Region as the Coadjutor Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Isiolo (Kenya) the Holy See Press Office announced on March 4, 2024.

He will take over from 74-year-old Rt Rev Anthony Ireri Mukobo, IMC, upon retirement, as the second bishop of the diocese of Isiolo. Once ordained as Coadjutor bishop, he will have the right of automatic succession.

Fr Peter Makau, Coadjutor bishop-elect of Isiolo and currently, Regional Superior of the Consolata Missionaries Kenya/Uganda Region.

A coadjutor bishop, as enshrined in canon 403.3, is given special faculties. In this sense, he is much like the auxiliary bishop with special faculties, but there is one big difference: when the diocesan bishop retires or dies, a coadjutor bishop immediately becomes his successor (c. 409.1).

The presence of a coadjutor bishop, therefore, ensures that there is no period during which the episcopal see is vacant.  Under this arrangement, the transfer of authority to a new diocesan bishop from his predecessor is as seamless as possible.

𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐅𝐫 𝐌𝐚𝐤𝐚𝐮

Bishop-elect Peter Munguti Makau IMC was born on May 6, 1975, in the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi. He began his religious formation as a Consolata Missionary in Nairobi, at the Consolata Seminary where he completed his postulancy and completed his philosophical studies.

He carried out his novitiate in Sagana (Kenya) and took his first vows on August 6, 1999. He completed his theological studies in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the Institut Saint-Eugène de Mazenod and took his final vows on December 5, 2003. He was ordained a priest on November 20, 2004 in the Catholic Diocese of Machakos.

After ordination he obtained a Diploma in Canon Law at the Universidad Monteávila in Caracas (Venezuela).

He has held the following positions: Parish Priest in Carapita, Catholic Archdiocese of Caracas (2006-2014); Superior Delegate for Venezuela for two mandates (2014-2019). Since 2019 he has been Provincial Superior of the Consolata Missionaries in Kenya and Uganda.