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Homabay, Kenya: Bishop Michael Odiwa Recalls Reaction to Appointment

Recalling that he “prayed and prayed” after the news, Bishop Odiwa highlighted the Psalm that kept lingering in his mind, “Psalm 46:10 kept coming to my mind as the prayer I needed at that time – be still and know that I am God.”

“I realized, then, that the Holy Father’s request was for me to leave my comfort in Adelaide and come back home to take care of his flock,” Bishop Odiwa who, at his appointment, was serving as assistant Parish Priest and in-charge of Italian-speaking community of the Annunciation Church Hectorville Parish in Australia, said February 9.

The Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya, Archbishop Bert van Megen had, during his homily, recalled the surprise the Bishop-elect showed at the news of his appointment as a Bishop, including the request for a video call the following day “to confirm his doubts.”

As he prayerfully digested the news of his appointment as a Bishop in his native Diocese in Kenya, Bishop Odiwa recalled, it occurred to him that “stillness and wisdom, serenity and wisdom, peace and wisdom seem to always arise together.”

Source: ACIAfrica

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