Bishop’s re­mains to be buried in­side cathe­dral

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Hun­dreds of mourn­ers are to­day ex­pected to at­tend the burial of El­doret Catholic Dio­cese bishop Cor­nelius Korir.

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and his deputy Wil­liam Ruto are ex­pected to join the mourn­ers at the El­doret Sports Club where the Fu­neral Mass will be con­ducted.

Fr Fredrick Njoroge, who is in charge of com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the Dio­cese, said the Mass will be­gin at 10 am and end at mid­day.

“We have in­structed those who will be given an op­por­tu­nity to speak to take be­tween two to three min­utes each. The cortege will then leave for burial in­side the church at around 3pm where only ac­cred­ited peo­ple in­clud­ing jour­nal­ists will be al­lowed in. We only ex­pect about 3,000 peo­ple at the church grounds,” said Fr Njoroge.

Rift Val­ley Regional Co­or­di­na­tor Wanyama Mu­si­ambo said: “All is set for the burial. We’ve put in place all the se­cu­rity ar­range­ments .”

Bishop Korir who died af­ter 27 years of evan­ge­lism will be buried in­side the Sa­cred Heart of Je­sus Cathe­dral next to the grotto of the blessed Vir­gin Mary in ac­cor­dance with the Church tra­di­tion.

The de­ci­sion was made fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tions by Bish­ops guided by the church doc­trines and tra­di­tions.

“The Bishop died when he was still serv­ing the Church and he had not writ­ten any will on where he should be buried,” said Fr Wil­liam Kip­kem­boi Kos­gei. He said the Bishop, who died last Mon­day at the age of 67, will be buried in the small chapel in­side the Church. The re­tire­ment age for Catholic bish­ops is 75 years.

“There were three pro­pos­als on where to bury him – al­tar near the church, al­tar of peace out­side the church and the small chapel near the grotto of the Vir­gin Mary but we fi­nally set­tled on the lat­ter,” said Fr Kos­gei.

“The Church has de­vel­oped a tra­di­tion of bury­ing bish­ops in­side the Cathe­dral. The tomb mea­sures 2.9 me­tres long and 1.225 me­ters high. It will have en­grav­ings of his per­sonal de­tails such as date of birth, year of or­di­na­tion and when he died,” added Fr Kos­gei.

Other Catholic bish­ops who have been buried in churches are for­mer Ny­eri Dio­cese Bishop Ga­timu Ngandu (1987), his suc­ces­sor Ni­code­mus Kir­ima (2007) Bishop Long­i­nus Atundo of Dio­cese of Bun­goma (1996) and Tiberius Mu­gendi of Kisii (2007).

“Some of the Bish­ops make wills and wishes of where they want to be buried which is very im­por­tant and is re­spected by the Church,” said Fr Kos­gei.

JARED NYATAYA | NA­TION

Work­ers put fi­nal touches at the Sa­cred Heart of Je­sus Christ Cathe­dral Catholic Church in El­doret yes­ter­day, ahead of Bishop Korir’s burial to­day.

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