AFRICA/KENYA - Elevation to diocese of the apostolic vicariate of Isiolo, Kenya, and appointment of first bishop

Friday, 3 March 2023

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On February 15, 2023, the Holy Father Francis elevated the apostolic vicariate of Isiolo, Kenya, to a diocese, with the same denomination and territorial configuration, making it a suffragan of the metropolitan see of Nyeri.
The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Anthony Ireri Mukobo, I.MC., until now titular bishop of Rusguniae and vicar apostolic of Isiolo, as first bishop of the diocese of Isiolo.
Statistical data
The diocese of Isiolo is situated in the central part of Kenya, and its boundaries correspond to those of the civil county of the same name. It has an area of 25,700 km2 and a population of 268,000 inhabitants, of whom 66,000 are Catholics. There are 13 parishes, 74 educational and 11 charitable institutions, including 5 dispensaries and one maternity hospital. It is served by 19 diocesan priests, 2 fidei donum priests, and 3 missionary priests, along with 66 consecrated persons. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 3/3/2023)