Roman Catholic Diocese of Lodwar

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Coordinates: 3°06′04″N 35°37′07″E / 3.101153°N 35.618707°E / 3.101153; 35.618707

Diocese of Lodwar
Dioecesis Loduarinus
Location
Country Kenya
Metropolitan Kisumu
Statistics
Area 70,000 km2 (27,000 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics

477,000
48,759 (10.2%)
Information
Rite Latin Rite
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Dominick Kimenchich, S.M.A.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lodwar (Latin: Loduarin(us)) is a diocese located in the city of Lodwar in the Ecclesiastical province of Kisumu in Kenya.

History[edit]

  • January 11, 1968: Established as Apostolic Prefecture of Lodwar from the Diocese of Eldoret
  • January 30, 1978: Promoted as Diocese of Lodwar

The Diocese of Lodwar separted from the Diocese of Eldoret in 1968. The Diocese of Lodwar borders local and international borders.

Turkana is bounded on the northern side by South Sudan and on the West by Uganda. Its Eastern wall is formed by Lake Turkana and on the southern side and it is blocked off from the rest of Kenya by the Cherangani Hills and the high mountain of West Pokot” - James Good, Mission to the Turkana[1]

Lodwar is bordering seven other dioceses, these include, Diocese of Kitale, Diocese of Nakuru and Diocese of Maralal in Kenya and the Diocese of Torit in South Sudan, Diocese of Kotido and Diocese of Moroto in Uganda and the Diocese of Jimmabonga in Ethiopia.

On 2012-12-8 the Diocese celebrated it 50 years since the first missionary arrived. Today it counts 27 Parishes with 11 local priests, 48 missionary priest, 16 religious brothers and 60 religious sisters. The diocese has been at the forefront in services provided to the community, to the poor, and the most neglected in Turkana.

Leadership[edit]

Bishops of Lodwar (Roman rite)

  • Dominick Kimenchich (since 2009)
  • Bishop Patrick Joseph Harrington, S.M.A. (since 2000.02.17)
  • Bishop John Christopher Mahon, S.P.S. (1978.01.30 – 2000.02.17)
  • Prefects Apostolic of Lodwar (Roman rite)
  • Bishop John Christopher Mahon, S.P.S. (1968.01.16 – 1978.01.30)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Good, J. 2007, Mission to the Turkana, Don Bosco Printing Press; Makuyu

See also[edit]