The Catholic Diocese of Nakuru will be marking its Golden Jubilee this January 2018. Catholic Diocese of Nakuru was established on 11th January 1968 after being hived off from the diocese of Eldoret, Diocese of Kisumu and the metropolitan diocese of Nairobi.
The Golden Jubilee celebrations will be held on Saturday, 13th January 2018 at the Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) showground, Nakuru.
The diocese was first led by Fr. Denis Newman as apostolic administrator from inception up to 30th August 1971 when Archbishop Raphael S. Ndingi Mwana’a Nzeki took over. The outspoken Ndingi Mwana’a Nzeki led the Diocese from 1971 up to 14 Jun 1996 when he was appointed, coadjutor Archbishop of Nairobi.
Taking over from Ndingi from the 21st of June 1997 was Archbishop Peter J. Kairu who stayed up to 19 Apr 2008. He was later appointed Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Nyeri.
Bishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba was appointed on 19 December 2009 to take over from Peter Kairu and is currently the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru.
Headquartered at the Christ The King Cathedral, the Archdiocese of Nakuru occupies an area of 18,149 km² with over half a million faithful, who comprise about 21% of the total Nakuru population.
Currently, the Archdiocese of Nakuru is subdivided into 9 deaneries and 47 parishes led by the parish priests. The deaneries under the diocese include Njoro, Molo, Naivasha, Kabarnet, Koibatek, Nakuru, Lanet, Bahati and East Pokot.
Over the years, the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru has undertaken many development projects to improve the standards of living of the people living there. Some of the best performing secondary schools are sponsored by the Catholic church including Bahati Girls and Rongai Boys. The Church also runs many primary schools and pre-primary institutions.
In addition, the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru is also engaged in promoting peace and justice through the Civil Peace Service department and the Catholic Justice & Peace Programme (CJPC).
The Jubilee celebrations will be led by Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo who is the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya. As the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo who is also the Titular Archbishop of Castello is the ecclesiastical permanent diplomatic representative of the Holy See (Pope) in Kenya.