Pope appoints Alfred Rotich as new Bishop of Kericho Catholic Diocese
Published on: December 14, 2019 03:26 (EAT)
Pope Francis has appointed Rt. Rev. Alfred Rotich as the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kericho. According to Catholic Media Network in Kenya, the appointment was announced in Rome on Saturday. “The letter of his appointment was sent to the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) by the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya, His Excellency Archbishop Bert Van Megen,” CMNK said. Bishop Rotich is to replace Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Okombo who has retired having reached the required retirement age of 75 years. Bishop Rotich is currently the Bishop Emeritus of the Military Ordinariate from where he resigned on December 30, 2016 upon attaining the retirement age of 55 years as required in the military service. Bishop Rotich was born on July 27, 1957 at Tegat Village, Longisa in present day Bomet County. He joined St. Augustine Major Seminary, Mabanga, from 1977 – 1979 for his philosophy training before joining St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Langata, from 1979 – 1983 for Theology training. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Nakuru on November 18, 1983 by the Archbishop Emeritus of Nairobi (the then Bishop of Nakuru), Most Rev. Ndingi Mwana a’ Nzeki. On March 9, 1996, he was appointed as Auxilliary Bishop of Nairobi and on the same date, he was appointed as Titular Bishop of Iulium Carnicum. He was ordained as Titular Bishop of Iulium Carnicum on 3rd July 1996 by then Archbishop of Nairobi, His Eminence Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga. On August 29, 1997, he was appointed Bishop of the Military Ordinariate and installed on November 1, 1997. He was the first full-time bishop of the Military Ordinariate and served as Military Chaplain. He rose through the ranks to become Captain from 1989 to 1993, a Major from 1994 to 1996, and further rose to become colonel, the highest rank that a religious person can rise in the military. Bishop Rotich has served as Bishop Chairman of Caritas Kenya and the Social Communications Commissions. He is currently the Bishop Chairman of the Commission for Ecumenism, Vice Chairman of the Commission for Inter-Religious Dialogue and also Vice Chairman of the Family Life National Office. He is a Bishop Member of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission and the Mainstream Church Leader’s Forum.