Joseph Alessandro

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His Excellency
Joseph Alessandro
O.F.M. Cap.
Bishop of Garissa
Church Roman Catholic
Diocese Garissa
Appointed 2015.12.9
Ordination 5 April 1970
Consecration 29 September 2012
by John Njue
Personal details
Born (1944-11-30) November 30, 1944 (age 72)
Paola, Malta
Nationality Maltese

Joseph Alessandro (born November 30, 1944) is a Maltese Bishop who is the Bishop of Garissa in Kenya.

Alessandro was born on November 30, 1944 in Paola, Malta. At the age of 17 he was professed as a member of Order of Friars Minor Capuchin and in 1966 he professed his perpetual vows to the same order. He was ordained deacon in December 1969 and ordained priest the following year on April 5, 1970. In 1989 Alessandro went on a mission to Kenya where in 1994 he was shot and seriously injured whilst on his way to Garissa.[1] Some years later he returned to Malta where he became the Provincial of the Capuchin Province of Malta. In Malta he also taught religion and lectured theology while serving on the diocesan film censorship board. In 2010 he returned to Kenya and was made Vicar General of the Diocese of Garissa by Bishop Paul Darmanin.

In 2012 Pope Benedict XVI appointed Alessandro as the new Coadjutor Bishop of Garissa in Kenya.[2] He was ordained bishop by Cardinal John Njue on September 29, 2012 in St John's Co-Cathedral Valletta and left Malta on November 3.


  1. ^ "Episcopal Ordination of Mgr Joseph Alessandro". Times of Malta. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bishop Joseph Alessandro, O.F.M. Cap.". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 4 March 2014.