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KATAKWA GETS NEW BISHOP
 

The Most Rev. Dr. Jackson N. Ole Sapit, the 6th Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya yesterday led other Bishops, Church Canons, clergy and other faithful's in the consecration and enthronement of the Ven. Captain John OKude Omuse as the third Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Katakwa. Captain Omuse was elected bishop following the retirement of the Rt. Rev. Zachayo I. Epusi. Bishop Epusi vacated the diocesan Bishop's office in line with the church canons and constitution that requires the Bishop of any episcopal see to retire at the mid night of attaining the mandatory age of 65 years.

The well organized and colorful Ceremony was held at the ACK Katakwa Secondary School. The enthronement Service was attended by Christians, government and political representatives who came in their hundreds to witness and welcome their new faith leader.


Consecration and Enthronment of the 3rd Katakwa Diocesan Bioshop Venue
 

The procession started at the diocesan Cathedral and snaked its way to the School grounds, in an order that was meticulously planned and which reflected the church hierarchy and protocol. Taking the lead in the procession was: the crucifer, choirs, Sunday school, KAYO, Mothers' Union and KAMA in that order. Thy were followed closely by Lay readers, Church army officer, Deaconesses, heads of other denominations, lay canons, Visiting clergy, Diocesan clergy, clerical canons and church bishops. The Diocesan Chancellor was preceded by the Bishop Elect. The provincial chancellor was then closely followed by the Archbishop and his chaplain in that order.

The function started at 10.00 am and lasted a few minutes after 4.00 PM. The service started with the Hymn: "The Church is one Foundation". Soon after, the Archbishop took the congregants through the liturgy of the day.

 

The Archbishop Emeritus The Most Rev. Dr. Eliud Wabukala (2nd row) with other Bishops in the procession
during the enthronement service of the 3rd Diocesan Bishop of Katakwa
 

After the opening hymn, the Prelate led other faithful's in liturgical mass. The mass was well blended with gospel lyrics from participating choirs. The preacher of the day was the Rt. Rev. Samson Oketch, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Maseno North. In his sermon, Bishop Oketch asked the new Bishop to take up the stuff, offer servant leadership and take the diocese to the next pastoral level. The cleric drew his sermon from the words of Apostle Paul who preached the gospel of Christ in and out of season. He therefore asked the new prelate to emulate Paul's missionary journey of spreading the gospel of Christ in and out of Season.

 

A section of the mass choir during the enthronement service of 3rd Diocesan Bishop of Katakwa
 

After the sermon, the Archbishop thereafter invited the Provincial Chancellor Mr. Tom Onyango to administer the oath of office to the new bishop. He was then prayed for and robbed. The new Bishop was then directed to take his cathedra chair where he received the Bishop's stuff as a symbol of authority.

The political and government leaders present also promised to observe political tolerance and peace during the upcoming elections. They promised the incoming bishop of their support in his pastoral ministry.

 

Bishop Elect Capt. John Okude Omuse (centre) listens to the sermon from the Rt. Rev. Samson Okech
 
On his part the Archbishop observed that in the coming decade, the role of the church will be shaped by spreading the good news of the Kingdom. This is going to be achieved by preaching and spreading the gospel of salvation, promoting and advocating for food security in the country and advocating for quality health care to all citizenry. Other areas of thematic intervention by the church will include: environmental stewardship and care, good governance, education and economic empowerment. The Most Rev. Dr. Eliud Wabukala the immediate former Archbishop also attended the function.
 

The Rt. Rev. Captain John Okude Omuse 3rd from left takes his cathedra position shortly after his
consecration & enthronement as 3rd Diocesan Bishop, Katakwa
 

The Rt. Rev. Captain John Okude Omuse receives the pastoral staff as a symbol of his episcopal authority
as the 3rd Diocesan Bishop - Katakwa
 
DIOCESE OF KATAKWA FACT FILE
 

1. Did you know that Anglican Diocese of Katakwa was created on 1st January 1991?

2. Did you know that the Diocese was curved from the Anglican Diocese of Nambale?

3. Did you know that Alupe is an Archdeaconry of the Anglican Diocese of Katakwa?

4. Did you know that Machakusi is an Archdeaconry of the Anglican Diocese of Katakwa?

5. Did you know that Katakwa is an Archdeaconry of the Anglican Diocese of Katakwa?

6. Did you know that Chamasiri is an Archdeaconry of the Anglican Diocese of Katakwa?

7. Did you know that Mt. Elgon is an Archdeaconry of the Anglican Diocese of Katakwa?

8. Did you know that the Rt. Rev. John Okiring was the pioneer Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Katakwa?

9. Did you know that the Rt. Rev. Zakayo I. Epusi was the second Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Katakwa

10. Did you know that the Rt. Rev. Captain John Okude Omuse was consecrated and enthroned as the third Diocesan Bishop on Sunday, 28 August 2016?

11. Did you know that the Most Rev. Dr. Jackson N. Ole Sapit, the 6th Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya presided over the enthronement and consecration of the Rt. Rev. Captain John Okude Omuse as the third Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Katakwa

12. Did you know that the Rt. Rev. Captain John Okude Omuse is now the third Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Katakwa

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