The Catholic Church in Kisumu expects new leadership after the farewell mass attended by Governor Anyang Nyong’o for His Grace Archbishop Philip Subira Anyolo who was appointed by Pope Francis as Nairobi Archbishop on October 28 according to the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Bert Van Megen.
The Archdiocese of Kisumu has about 1.6 million Catholic members constituting 55.1% of the total population. Bishop Anyolo was born May 18, 1956, in Tongaren, Bungoma and has been serving as the Archbishop of Kisumu. He was ordained Priest for the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret, Kenya, on October 15, 1983.
Pope John Paul II appointed the then Rev. Father Philip Anyolo as Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kericho on December 6, 1995. He was consecrated as bishop in Kericho on February 3, 1996.
In 2002, Bishop Anyolo was appointed Apostolic Administrator, Diocese of Homa Bay after Right Reverend Linus Okok Okwach resigned. He served as the Ordinary of the Catholic Diocese of Kericho, Kenya, until March 22, 2003.
Bishop Anyolo has served as the Chairperson of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops. He was appointed Archbishop of Kisumu on November 15, 2018 and installed on January 12, 2019. He leaves Kisumu after serving as a Priest for about 40 years and 25 years as a Bishop.
This is the Episcopal Lineage of the retired Archbishop Emeritus of Kisumu Zacchaeus Okoth and the first Cardinal the late Michael Otunga. The church continues to look up to Bishop Anyolo for leadership in the region.