Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of the diocese of Malindi, Kenya, the Reverend Msgr. Wilybard Lagho, of the clergy of Mombasa, until now vicar general of the same metropolitan archdiocese.
Msgr. Wilybard Lagho was born on 23 March 1958 in Taita-Taveta, in the metropolitan archdiocese of Mombasa. He studied philosophy at Saint Augustine’s Senior Seminary of Mabanga, diocese of Bungoma, in the years 1980 to 1982, and theology at Saint Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary of Nairobi from 1982 to 1986.
He was ordained a priest on 25 April 1997, and incardinated in the metropolitan archdiocese of Mombasa.
He subsequently held the following offices: parish vicar (1987-1988), parish priest of Saint Michael’s parish in Giriama, Christ the King Parish in Miritini and diocesan director of youth and vocational pastoral ministry (1988-1990), and rector and teacher at the Saint Mary’s Minor Seminary in Kwale (1990-1992). He then obtained a Master’s degree in religious studies from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) in Nairobi (1992-1994) and a licentiate in Arabic and Islamic studies in Cairo and at the PISAI in Rome (1994-1998). He served as parish vicar (1998-1999), teacher and formator at the Saint Matthias Mulumba Senior Seminary in Tindinyo (2000-2002), teacher and rector of Augustine’s Senior Seminary in Mabanga (2002-2006), director of the diocesan office for Catholic Education and parish priest of Our Lady of Fatima in Kongowea (2006-2008); and from 2008 to the present, vicar general of the archdiocese of Mombasa.
Since 2011 Msgr. Lagho has served as president of the Coast Interfaith Council of Clerics (CICC) Association and is the diocesan head of the Commission for Interreligious Dialogue. He has also served as consultor of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (2008-2014) and consultant of DANMISSION – Missionary Association of the Lutheran Evangelical Church of Denmark (2015-2016). (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 28/12/2020)