Pope appoints Oballa Bishop of Ngong, Kenya

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Fr. John Oballa Owaa the Bishop of Ngong in Kenya.

The Bishop-elect is the Rector and Professor of St. Thomas Aquinas National Major Seminary in Nairobi.

Fr. Oballa was born on 28th August 1958. He hails from Ahero Parish in the Archdiocese of Kisumu.

Fr. John Oballa Owaa, Bishop-elect of Diocese of Ngong

He studied philosophy at St. Augustine Major Seminary from 1980 to 1982, before proceeding to study Theology at St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary from 1982 to 1986.

He was ordained a priest on 28th August 1986, on his birthday, and incardinated in the Archdiocese of Kisumu.

After his ordination, Fr. Oballa worked at St. Theresa’s Kibuye Cathedral and Barkorwa Catholic Church.

He then left for Rome for studies and obtained a Licentiate and PhD in Canon Law at the Pontifical Urban University. He also holds a Diploma in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.

From 1995 to 1997, Fr. Oballa was an official of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care.

Upon his return to Kenya, he was appointed Parish Priest of Ojolla, a post he held from 1998 to 2010.

Fr. Oballa also served as the Secretary and Director of Finance of the Archdiocese of Kisumu from 1999 to 2001.

In 2004, he was appointed General Vicar of the Archdiocese of Kisumu.

He has been Rector of St. Thomas Aquinas since 2010.

The Pope has now entrusted to him the pastoral care of the Diocese of Ngong with an area of 47,000 square kilometres and a population of 1,011,000 inhabitants, of whom 83,247 are Catholics. There are 29 parishes, 53 priests (39 diocesan and 14 religious), 40 religious brothers, 143 sisters and 19 seminarians.

He will be consecrated on 14th April 2012 in Ngong.