12th January 2019
New statusHe was later escorted by hundreds of his flock, humming hymns, and police to Nyakwere on the Kisumu-Homa Bay border where they handed him over to the Kisumu Archdiocese team amid ululations.Homa Bay County Police Commander Marius Tum said they escorted him as a VIP because of his new status. Yesterday, Archbishop Anyolo promised to give his best to the Church, just as he has done ever since he was ordained as priest in 1983. In a 16-minute speech, Archbishop Anyolo called on Christians to pray for him and work towards bringing Christ in their hearts.“I come here with humility as a servant of God, a child of the universe and a son of our beloved church that calls us to be rooted in Christ.” Bishop Okoth thanked the congregation and the faithful of Kisumu archdiocese saying he was headed to “build bridges” and pray for Christians.“I thank you all as I embark on my appointment of bringing peace and uniting the nation as a family of God,” said Okoth.SEE ALSO :Stop stalking us and give Kenyans a break from your 2022 obsession
Pope’s Representative Monsignore Marco congratulated Anyolo and wished him well in his ministry. He said it was because of his great work that the Pope singled him out form the position. John Cardinal Njue led Catholic bishops in congratulating and decorating the new Archbishop who was handed over a V-shaped “authority” cap and a small round purple cap – zuchtto – to symbolise leadership.While DP William Ruto presented the new Archbishop with a new Toyota Prado, Raila gifted him a shield and a spear to symbolise his fight against evil.Anyolo started out as an ordinary village boy in Tongareni, Bungoma. The star of his priesthood shone when he met two priests from Ireland and one from Kenya, all of them serving at Tongaren Parish. The Irish priests were Father Noel McHenry and Father Tom Smith while the Kenyan was Father Philip Sulumeti. The rest, as they say, is history.