Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father Francis has appointed Fr. John Mbinda, C.S.Sp., former Provincial Superior of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit in Kenya and South Sudan, as Bishop of the Diocese of Lodwar (Kenya).
His Exc. Msgr. John Mbinda, C.S.Sp., was born on May 5, 1973 in Machakos. After attending the Pope Paul VI Junior Seminary in the Diocese of Machakos (1989-1992), he entered the Congregation of the Holy Spirit and made his perpetual vows on October 12, 2001. He studied Philosophy (1993-1996) at the Spiritan Missionary Seminary in Tanzania and Theology at Tangaza University College in Nairobi (1997-2002).
He was ordained a priest on May 18, 2002 and since his ordination he has held the following positions: Parish Vicar of the Tangulbei Catholic Mission (2002-2004) and Parish Priest of the Kositei Catholic Mission in the Diocese of Nakuru (2004-2008); Master's Degree in Development Studies at the Kimmage Development Studies Center, Ireland (2008-2010); Parish priest of St. Austin's Parish in the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Nairobi and Head of the Development Office of his Congregation (2010-2015); Provincial Superior of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit in Kenya and South Sudan (2015-2021). Since August 2021 he has spent a sabbatical period in the Archdiocese of Southwark, England, and was Parish Assistant in St. Chad's Parish, entrusted to the Spiritan Fathers. Furthermore, he was Professor at Tangaza University College (2014-2017); President of the Union of the Circumscriptions of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost in East Africa - UCEAF (2015-2016) and Consultor for the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Nairobi (2016-2020). (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 4/4/2022)