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Hectorville priest to be bishop in western Kenya

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Fr Michael Odiwa, a priest in Hectorville parish, has been appointed Bishop of Homa Bay, Kenya.

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Pope Francis announced the appointment in Rome on Sunday November 29.

Adelaide Archbishop Patrick O’Regan informed the diocese of his appointment the same day, saying he assured Bishop-elect Odiwa of “the prayers and best wishes of our whole Archdiocesan family, for him and for his diocese, as he prepares to take on his new ministry”.

Fr Odiwa is set to replace Most Rev Philip Anyolo who was transferred by the Pontiff to the Archdiocese of Kisumu in 2018.

Arriving in Adelaide five years ago, Fr Odiwa, a canon lawyer, has been ministering in the Hectorville parish as well as in the Tribunal of the province of South Australia and Northern Territory.

He is the former Vicar General of Homa Bay Diocese in Kenya and parish priest of the Homa Bay Cathedral.

Born in 1962 in Sori, Karungu, Fr Odiwa was baptised in 1963 at Migori Parish before he was ordained as a priest for the Catholic Diocese of Homa Bay in 1993.

Dates for his episcopal ordination and installation have not yet been set.

 

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