By Arnold Neliba

FLORIANA, JULY 25, 2023 (CISA)– Rt Rev Paul Darmanin O.F.M. Cap Bishop emeritus of the Catholic diocese of Garissa is dead.

“The death of Bishop Emeritus Mgr Paul Darmanin of the Order of the Franciscan Capuchins has been announced at the the age of 82,” reads a July 25 announcement confirming the demise of the founding bishop of Garissa.

The member of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin was appointed bishop of Garissa on February 3 1984 where he served until his retirement on December 8, 2018. He returned back home in Malta, where he lived in the convent of the Franciscan Capuchins in Floriana.

Bishop Darmanin, was originally from Ħaż-Żabbar, born on 6 November 1940. He joined the Order and was ordained priest in 1966.

In February 1984, Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Garissa in Kenya. He was consecrated Bishop by Archbishop Ġużeppi Mercieca in June 3, 1984.

Bishop Darmanin was succeeded Bishop Joseph Alessandro, O.F.M. Cap on December 8, 2015 an d retired on February 17, 2022. Bishop George Muthaka, O.F.M Cap the current bishop of Garissa appointed on February 17, 2022.