ELDORET OCTOBER 31, 2017(CISA) – The late Bishop Cornelius Kipngeno arap Korir will be buried on November 11, Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops Chairman, Bishop Philip Anyolo has confirmed.
He said that preparations were underway for the memorial service which will be held at Eldoret Sports Club.
Bishop Korir of the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret died on the night of October 29 after short illness.
In a media briefing at Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Catholic diocese of Eldoret on October 30, reported Waumini News, Bishop Anyolo said that Holy Mass will be held every day at the Cathedral from 1.00pm for the repose of the soul of the late Bishop till his burial.
“I ask all of us in Kenya and all the people of good will to pray for him,” he said.
Kenya government and the opposition condoled with the Catholic Church for the loss of Bishop Korir.
President Uhuru Kenyatta mourned the late bishop as a “great religious leader and an excellent peacemaker.”
“I join the Catholic Church in mourning a great religious leader whose exemplary service calls for emulation by others,” President Kenyatta said in a statement.
He added: “In this hour of sorrow, and on behalf of the people and Government of Kenya, I convey my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the Catholic church, and the family and friends of the late Bishop Korir.”
President Kenyatta said bishop Korir’s work for peace and understanding between Kenyans of different faiths deserves the warmest commendation, saying the Bishop discharged his duties of leadership.
National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga in his condolence message said Bishop Korir has been one of the nation’s leading moral lights and voices of reason who did outstanding work with many communities and through such service, touched the lives of countless Kenyans.
“Nothing we do or say now can replace the gentle heart and humble determination that Bishop Korir brought to our country and to some of the most pressing challenges we face as a nation. It is however our prayer that his spirit may live on through the faithful and friends that he touched,” read a statement from the former Prime Minister.
Bishop Korir will be remembered as a peacemaker, having played a pivotal role in quelling tensions in Eldoret and the larger Rift Valley in 2007 following violence sparked by the disputed presidential election that led to deaths of more than 1,100 people – many of them from the region.
He served as the chairman of the interfaith communities under the umbrella of the Dialogue Reference Group (DRG) comprising of Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops-KCCB, National Council of Churches in Kenya-NCCK, Supreme Council of Kenya Muslim (SUPKEM) and National Muslim Leaders Forum (NAMLEF), Hindu Council of Kenya-HCK, Evangelical Alliance of Kenya-EAK, Organization African Instituted Churches-OAIC, Seventh Day Adventist-SDA and Shia Ithna-Asheri.
Bishop Korir was born on July 6, 1950. He was ordained priest in 1982 and was later appointed as Catholic Bishop of Eldoret Diocese on April 2, 1990.