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- In July 2016, the former dean of St. Stephens Cathedral was elected as the bishop of Maseno East Diocese. A new dean namely Ven Zephania Kore Omollo has since taken over the running of the Cathedral
- The Sunday worship services are now held at the new cathedral site although the building has not been completed
- The new cathedral building has now been roofed after a long struggle. We are grateful to all our members and friends who have been contributing generously towards this project. Currently we are at the stage of fitting for windows and doors. We aim at doing this by latest july 2017. Please pray with and support us towards this noble cause
- The cathedral members felt honoured to be visited by the governor of Kisumu on 21st August 2016 during our thanks-giving service
- Diocesan Mothers Union Conference 5th to 9th Dec 2016 at Maseno High school
AN APEAL FOR FUNDS TO HELP COMPLETE THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW ST. STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL
A building is not the church but a people of God need a decent place to worship their God. To build Him such a place is a sign that they care so much about their God. Let us, therefore rebuild St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Kisumu, as a sign of our love for Him. To him be the Glory great things he has done.
In 1904 the first Church Missionary Society Mission Station for Western Kenya was opened in Maseno under the leadership of Archdeacon Willis. It was soon found necessary to build a church in Kisumu which was a fast growing Administrative and Commercial Center, hence the construction of St Stephen’s Church in 1912 under the supervision of Rev. W. H. Wrights, who served the church until 1924. In 1924, The Rev. Reuben Omulo became the Vicar and soon assumed the role of Headmaster as the church building served as a school during the weekday. In fact this was the forerunner of the present day Kisumu Union School, formerly known as ‘KOMULO’ – (Omulo’s place).
The need for the Church’s expansion existed since it was built. In 1962 with the direction of Bishop Festo Olang, then Bishop of the Diocese of Maseno, funds were raised for the expansion. As part of the expansion programme, the Altar was moved from North East to South West, also the Bishop’s throne and five Canon Stalls were built thereby upgrading the Church to a Pro-Cathedral. It was dedicated on Sunday 2nd February 1964 by the Rt. Rev, Festo H. Olang, Bishop of Maseno. It was now being used both as the Parish Church and a Pro-Cathedral of the Diocese of Maseno.
The Venerable Ken E. Stovold worked tirelessly in the expansion programme raising money locally and overseas for the project. In 1970, The Diocese of Maseno South was created and Bishop Evans Agola was consecrated its first Bishop with St Stephen’s housing his Chair.
Unfortunately he retired in 1974 without fulfilling his aim of expanding the Church, like his predecessor. In 1974, the Rt. Rev. Dr. J. Henry Okullu was consecrated the second Bishop of Maseno South. Although he intended to take up the expansion of the Church as his first Capital project, this did not materialize. The Bishop’s energy was diverted to an income-generating project, Alpha House Kisumu.
In 1985, the Diocese of Maseno South was divided to create the Diocese of Maseno West. The first Synod of the Diocese of Maseno South, in January 1985, passed unanimously that the building of the new Cathedral in Kisumu be taken up with deliberate speed. Immediately we asked Mr. Joel E. D. Nyaseme of Joel E. D. Nyaseme & Associates, Chartered Architects, to come up with an appropriate design, which has since been adopted by the Standing Committee of the Diocesan Synod and the Building Committee appointed by the said Synod to steer the implementation of the project.
Those of us who live in the Diocese of Maseno South believe that the Lord is telling us loudly and clearly “now is the time, now is the time to build the long awaited Cathedral here in Kisumu, the Commercial and Administrative Center for Western Kenya.” We believe that it will not be an easy task, but feel constrained by the Holy Spirit to step out by faith and build this worthy house of Worship to the Glory of God.
We are have now managed to roof the cathedral after a long struggle. We are encouraged by the spirit in congregation who have been contributing generously towards this project. Currently we are at the stage of fitting for windows and doors. Our focus is that this fitting may be done by latest July 2017.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Francis Mwayi Abiero since his consecration in 1994 as the Bishop of Maseno South Diocese has put more efforts in the development of the sanctuary to its current state and he is determined to see its completion.
We ask for your prayers and your financial support in this exciting venture of faith.
Kindly give as God purposes in your heart. “Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly of under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work”. 2 Cor. 7-8.
Cheques payable to: ST. STEPHEN’S NEW CATHEDRAL BUILDING PROJECT
A/C NO. 1129877531 – KCB KISUMU BRANCH
Rt. Rev. Dr. Francis Mwayi Abiero Ven. Zephaniah Kore Omollo
Diocesan Bishop of Maseno South Dean of the A.C.K St. Stephen’s
Cathedral – Kisumu
P.O. Box 114-40100 P.O. Box 43-40100
Kisumu, Kenya Kisumu, Kenya
Mobile: +254733709378 or Mobile: +2547335226370 or
Diocese of Maseno South
St Stephen's Cathedral
(+254) 735 226 370 or (+254) 711 220 474
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