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Malindi, Kenya: Pastoral Visit Bishop Lagho to Parish of Witu-Kipini

BISHOP LAGHO CONCLUDES VISIT TO KIPINI ZONE.

Rt. Rev. Willybard Lagho has concluded a two-day visit to Kipini Zone undertaken during his 3-day Pastoral Visit to St. Joseph Freinademetz Parish, Witu-Kipini in the Central Deanery of Catholic Diocese of Malindi.

Witu-Kipini Parish, one of the most expansive parishes in the Diocese, comprises Witu and Kipini Zones with a total of 16 Mission Stations.Witu Zone, situated in Lamu County and bordering Boni Forest, has 9 Mission Stations (Witu Centre, Moa, Katsakakairo, Sendemke commonly known as Vatican, Kakathe, Tangeni, Soroko, Chakamba and Maisha Masha), while Kipini Zone which is in Tana River County has 7 Mission Stations (Jericho, Gatundu, Kaloleni, Chumvi, Kizuliani, Shauri Moyo and Kipini Centre).

Yesterday, 15th October 2021, Bishop Lagho visited the 7 Mission Stations of Kipini Zone and held meetings with parishioners regarding the pastoral situation of their area.Being an expansive area, with parishioners living far apart, Witu-Kipini Parish has established many mission stations to bring pastoral and social ministry of the Church closer to the people inasmuch inadequate resources for construction of permanent Church structures and issues related to land cases has occasioned parishioners in some Mission Stations to worship under makeshift structures.Bishop Lagho has concluded his visit to Kipini Zone today, 16th October 2021, by celebrating Holy Mass for all the 7 Mission Stations of Kipini Zone at Kipini Centre during which 14 Catechumens received Sacrament of Confirmation.

The Prelate ends his Pastoral Visit to Witu-Kipini Parish tomorrow. He is set to celebrate Holy Mass for the 9 Mission Stations of Witu Zone at Witu Centre where 84 Catechumens and one couple are expected to receive Sacrament of Confirmation and Holy Matrimony respectively.The Local Ordinary is also scheduled to launch the Synod process for the Catholic Diocese of Malindi fraternity tomorrow in line with the Holy Father’s call for Synod on Synodality.

Witu-Kipini Parish was established in the 1990s through Primary Evangelization efforts of Very Rev. Fr. Albert Buijs, who is currently the Vicar General of Catholic Diocese of Malindi, and other Mill Hill Missionaries among them Rev. Fr. Adolf ‘Alleluia’ Pöll. The parish is still run by Mill Hill Missionaries, with Rev. Fr. Alex Kimbi as Parish Priest.

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