𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐅𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐬 𝐀𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐅𝐫 𝐇𝐢𝐞𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐲𝐦𝐮𝐬 𝐄𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐮𝐠𝐮𝐭 𝐉𝐨𝐲𝐚, 𝐈𝐌𝐂 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐁𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐩 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐥

Pope Francis has appointed Fr Hieronymus Emusugut Joya, I.M.C of the Consolata Missionaries as the new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Maralal. The appointment was announced today July 20, 2022 in the Osservatore Romano at 12 noon Roman Time.

The 57 years old missionary takes over from Bishop Virgillio Pante, 76, who has been bishop of Maralal for 21 years.

Until his appointment Fr Joya has been a Doctorate (PhD) student in Sacred Theology with specialization in Pastoral Theology at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), and a lecturer at the Consolata Institute of Philosophy, Nairobi.

Fr Joya previously served as the Regional Superior of the Consolata Missionaries for the Kenya-Uganda region for two terms from 2011 to 2016.

Fr Joya was born April 17, 1965 in Asinge village, Amukura District in Teso South Sub-County in Busia County to the late Andrew Ojuma Joya and Eremina Ikasere. He was baptized and confirmed in St. Anthony of Padua Chakol Catholic Parish, Bungoma.

He did his primary education at Changana Primary School in African Highlands, Kericho and Asinge Primary School. He later joined St. Peter’s Minor Seminary, Mukumu in the Catholic Diocese of Kakamega in 1982 and finished his high school studies in 1985.

He joined the Consolata Missionaries in 1990, and finished his Philosophical studies in 1993 with an award of Diploma in Religious Studies, and a B.A in Philosophy from Pontifical Urbaniana University.

Thereafter he joined Consolata Missionaries Novitiate Sagana, between August 1993 and August 1994. He later joined Tangaza University College from August 1994 to March 1998 where he was awarded Diploma in Theology, Diploma in Mission Studies; a B.A in Sacred Theology from Pontifical Urbaniana University, and B.A in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.

He took his first religious vows on August 6, 1994 and final vows on November 8, 1997. He was ordained deacon on November 9, 1997 and a priest of the Consolata Missionaries on September 5, 1998.

From June 14 to August 2003 he undertook a Summer Course on Leadership and Psycho-Spiritual growth and development at St. Anselm in England.

From August 2005 to May 2007 he did postgraduate studies at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and successfully graduated with a License in Sacred Theology with specialization in Pastoral Theology.

Fr Joya previously worked at Loiyangalani Catholic Mission in the Catholic Diocese of Marsabit, served as Rector and formator at the Consolata Philosophicum Seminary in Nairobi, and as the Diocesan Pastoral Coordinator and Director of Allamano Pastoral Centre in the Catholic Diocese of Maralal. 

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TANZANIA: “Lack of Care for The Environmental Has Resulted into Conflicts, Violence and Divisiveness in The World,” Warns Cardinal Tagle

By Paschal Norbert

DAR ES SALAAM, JULY 12, 2022 (CISA) – “Lack of care for the environment is manifesting into lack of care for one another as seen in many conflicts in the world. God wants us to be closer to one another because in Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, God is closer to us. And we should be closer to one another,” postulated Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples at the Vatican on July 10.

In his homily during the opening Mass of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) 20th Plenary Assembly held at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Cardinal Tagle opined that the present-day global conflicts and divisions and lack of care for the environment have contributed to a state of helplessness in the world.

“We need to ask ourselves why is it that caring is less these days?” asked the Cardinal.

The AMECEA 20th Plenary Assembly, which is being held from July 9 to 18, under the theme “Environmental Impact on Integral Human Development,” will focus on the papal encyclical Laudato Si (on care for our common home), Faith, Values, and Ethics in the Care for the Environment, Care for the Integral Ecology, and Church and Government Collaborations among others.

The Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples underscored the importance of the theme of the AMECEA meeting observing that it has come at a time when the world is faced with environmental challenges that have resulted in conflicts, violence and divisiveness.

Cardinal Tagle recognized environmental degradation as one of the major threats facing the planet and urged the 20th AMECEA Assembly delegates to address the underlying causes of this threat that compromises the natural environment.

“We need to discuss the root cause of the environmental degradation to have concrete resolutions after the Assembly otherwise we will have cosmetics resolutions from the assembly,” he appealed.

In referring to the three readings of the day taken from Deuteronomy 30:10-14, Colossians 1:15-20 and Luke 10:25-37, Cardinal Tagle noted how the scriptures speak to the closeness of God to creation and humanity. He wondered why humanity should destroy creation if all that was created invisible and visible have the presence of Christ.

Cardinal Tagle was, however, appreciative that the Catholic Bishops, clergy, religious and laity from Eastern African Countries have gathered in Tanzania to proclaim the Good News that humanity needs to come together.

The 10-day assembly in Dar es Salaam has seen more than 100 Catholic bishops from Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, and Kenya, that make up the AMECEA region, attend the quadrennial plenary, which is the supreme authority within the association.


It was on 18th June 2022 when our children gathered together at HOLA PARISH in Tana River County for our first Mass in the Diocese.  God had given us a good weather it wasn’t so hot even though the place can get very hot.   Children traveled from all over our diocese those from the 2nd furthest parish WAJIR which is 900 kilometers to and fro all were accompanied by their animators.  Our furthest parish is MANDERA it’s unfortunate that we don’t have children in this parish due to insecurity.

The day was filled with joy and happiness, children were happy to meet each other in the diocese.  The parents/ Christians were eagerly waiting for the day and everybody else in the diocese since it was the first one ever.

Thanks to Rt. Rev. George Muthaka our Bishop who celebrated Mass for and with us.  It was his first Mass after his installation, his message to the children and to all of us was very timely, he reminded us that we are all missionaries in the Church and we should help each other grow in our Missionary life by praying for each other.  He too challenged the children to keep their PMC MOTTO alive, by helping other children, spiritually and materially. He urged them to strengthen their acts of mercy by being charitable:  visiting the sick at home and in hospitals, visiting the orphanages, the aged etc.  he was very happy to meet his children despite the vastness of our dioceses.  It is also the day when they bring their missionary tins to the Bishop, though their first time they managed to contribute ksh. 46,538, we congratulate them.

On the same note we thank Sr.Esther Kimani our PMC National Coordinator for gracing our occasion, it was good to have her in our diocese  and she was too happy to be with us for a whole week.  She encouraged us to keep the fire burning and keep the missionary zeal a live and ensure that next year each child comes with a friend.  During the week, Sr. Esther meet our children in our Catholic Sponsored School that is: Holy Angels Primary School in Hola, St. Joseph Primary in Emmaus and St. Mary’s primary in Garissa town, she shared with our pupils on how to take good care of each other’s by loving them, and by loving oneself first for you can’t give what you do not have.  In addition, she too met the seminarians of the “FRATERNITY OF THE HOLY CROSS AND ALL SAINTS” which is founded at Garissa diocese; it was awesome being with them Sr. Esther articulates.  She shared with them what it entails to animate the children as laid down by the PMC Statues and they were very impressed.




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