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Archdiocese of Jaro, Iloilo Adopts First Parish Mission in Kenya

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The Archdiocese of Jaro in Iloilo has adopted its first parish mission in Kenya, Africa.

The archdiocese will take pastoral care of the Holy Family Parish in Turkana town’s Kaaleng village. It was built by the Diocese of Lodwar on November 8.

Bishop Dominic Kimengich, the apostolic administrator of Lodwar, led the celebration along with Archbishop Jose Romeo Lazo of Jaro. (Read: Pope Francis Names Six Filipino Priests As ‘Missionaries of Mercy’) Also present were Consul General Gary Auxilian of the Philippine Embassy in Kenya and the Filipino mission team in Turkana—a country located near the country’s border with Ethiopia and South Sudan.

Archbishop Jose Romeo Lazo of Jaro greets children at the Holy Family Parish of Kaaleng in Turkana, Kenya on Nov. 8. (Photo from Archdiocese of Jaro, Commission on Social Communications Facebook)

African Mission

The new parish mission will be administered by Jaro priests Fr. Peter John Guarin and Fr. Alfone Marie Berbegal. They will be working alongside three nuns from the Filipino congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Lord’s Table.

Aside from them, two other priests from the Diocese of San Jose de Antique are serving at Kaikor mission, also in the Lodwar diocese. (Read: Antipolo Church Offers ‘Drive-Thru Communion’ for Parishioners)

In the year 2019, the archdiocese of Jaro also sent two of its priests to Kaaleng for mission and to prepare for the erection of the new Holy Family Parish in Turkana. 

Photo from Archdiocese of Jaro, Commission on Social Communications Facebook

Catholicism in Kenya

As of writing, there are around 50 Filipino missionaries in Kenya who are assigned in remote and underprivileged areas. (Read: Pope Francis Gives Support To Africa’s ‘Laudato Tree Project’)

Kenya, known for its rich wildlife and picturesque environment, is a predominantly Christian country. As of writing, there are about 9.7 million Kenyans who practice Roman Catholicism, making up for 20.6% of the country’s total population. 

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