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