'Military Episcopate’ Kenya

posted by: Joan | on: Thursday, 10 December 2015, 13:09

Military Episcopate Kenya

Military Episcopate Kenya

In late November of 2009 a new military diocese for Kenya was formed. The Anglican Church of Kenya created its 31st Diocese, raising its Chaplaincy to the Armed Forces to the status of a ‘Military Episcopate’. At a service at St Paul’s Garrison Church at the Kahawa army barracks outside Nairobi, the Protestant Suffragan Bishop for the Armed Forces, Colonel the Rt Rev Peter Wanyonyi Simiyu was enthroned as Bishop-in-Ordinary for the Armed Forces. It was reported that a former British Army Garrison chapel, St Paul’s will serve as the pro-Cathedral for the new diocese.

In 2007 Bishop Simiyu was appointed the first Protestant suffragan bishop to the armed forces. Born in 1956 in the Bungoma District, Bishop Simiyu was ordained in 1978 in the Diocese of Butere and served as a parish priest before being commissioned as an army chaplain in 1985. then in 2004 he was appointed Principal Chaplain (Protestant) to the Army.

Let us pray for our forces and the people of Kenya, especially those who lost loved ones in the attack on Christians that occurred on 2 April this year 2015 when, just over three hours drive away from the diocese of Military Episcopate militant gunmen stormed the Garissa University College in Keny killing 147 people, and injuring 79 or more. Gunmen claiming to be from a group called Al-Shabaab, took responsibility for the attack. The militants took over 700 students’ hostage, freeing some and killing those who they identified as Christians. The siege ended the same day, when all four of the attackers died after detonating their suicide vests. The attack was the deadliest in Kenya since the 1998 United States embassy bombing. Let us pray for Christians and all the peaceful people of Kenya…

Active in Kenya for 95 years, Mothers’ Union Kenya now has a membership of over 450,000 and a presence spanning the whole country. For more information go to the official MU website: http://www.mothersunion.org/about-us/where-we-work/worldwide/kenya

 Posted: 10 Dec 2015 | There are 1 comments


Comment 1 | From: Flavia Woodwark | Date: 4 January 2017, 12:01

It's good to have this item on the website but could you please check the date given in the first sentence? I don't think it can be November 2019! Thank you. Yes, have revised the article, should have been 2009, Thank you. Joan Vine

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