Pope Francis has appointed Adelaide parish priest Fr Michael Odiwa to be the next bishop of Homa Bay in western Kenya. Source: The Southern Cross.
The Pope announced the episcopal appointment in Rome on Sunday.
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 will replace Archbishop Philip Anyolo who was transferred by the Pontiff to the Archdiocese of Kisumu in 2018.
Arriving in Adelaide five years ago, Bishop-Elect 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 and parish priest of the Homa Bay Cathedral.
Born in 1962 in Sori, Karungu, Bishop-Elect Odiwa was baptised in 1963 at Migori Parish before he was ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Homa Bay in 1993.
Dates for his episcopal ordination and installation have not yet been set.
Hectorville priest to be bishop in western Kenya (By Jenny Brinkworth, The Southern Cross)