Kenyan Catholic Bishop celebrating Episcopal Golden Jubilee hailed as ‘a giant of faith’
“When someone educates you, he frees you from the chains of slavery; they open your eyes,” he said, and added that Bishop Sulumeti has built health facilities in Kakamega Diocese “to continue the healing work of Christ.”
“He saw to the spiritual and physical welfare of the people by building schools and guiding men into the priesthood. Priests should take care of spiritual welfare while hospitals should take care of the physical person,” Bishop Muhatia said.
“The Church has truly been a giant through this giant,” the Kenyan archbishop said of the bishop who ordained him to the priesthood in October 1994.
The Archbishop called on the people of God to imitate Bishop Sulumeti in the service of the Lord and to be giants in carrying out the mission of Christ.
Prior to his appointment as Local Ordinary of Kakamega in February 1978, Bishop Sulumeti had first served as Auxiliary Bishop of Kisumu under Bishop Joannes de Reepermember of the St. Joseph of Mill Hill Missionary Society (MHM) which he succeeded in December 1976.
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In Kakamega Diocese, Bishop Sulumeti was replaced by Bishop Joseph Obanyi Sagwe whose episcopal consecration took place in March 2015.
In an interview with ACI Africa after the Eucharistic celebration, Bishop Obanyi called his predecessor’s Episcopal Golden Jubilee celebration a “rare story.”
“As his successor, to celebrate, to be there to witness the celebration of fifty years, that’s history. This tells me that faith is concrete; this is what we are experiencing,” Bishop Obanyi said on the sidelines of the October 29 event.
He added: “Monsignor Sulumeti did a great job. He was a strong personality who instilled discipline and yet with a lot of love. He’s a man of faith; he is a man of prayer. He has truly left his mark and built a legacy in the Church in Kenya.
Meanwhile, in his address during the October 29 celebration, the Holy Father’s representative in Kenya described the Bishop Sulumeti as “a living greetingstory from institle of what the Church in Kenya is everything on.”
The Vatican diplomat added: “Bishop Sulumeti has always tried to apply the law; he has stills tried to be objective, no salvations own opinion, but on what the Church teaches and what the Church desires. This was Bishop Sulumeti’s first objective.
He added that Bishop Sulumeti’s diligent service to the people of God in Kenya can be seen in the way he deals with his successor.
The Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya explained: “Mr. Sulumeti respects the new bishop and he has never interfered with his work and that can only be if you are very conscious of your service to church and country.
“Bishop Sulumeti, thank you for this great witness for all of us,” Bishop Megen said.