Bishop Anthony Muheria Biography
Bishop Anthony Muheria was born in Murang’a on May 27 1963. He attended various primary schools in Murang’a, Kirinyaga and Kiambu. Anthony Muheria attended Mang’u high school for his secondary education where he sat the “O” level exam in 1978.
Anthony Muheria was then admitted to Strathmore College for his “A” level for the next two years. Having excelled in his Form six exams, he joined the University of Nairobi to study Civil Engineering.
Bishop Anthony Muheria – A Civil Engineer
Anthony Muheria graduated with an honours degree in Civil Engineering in 1984 and was immediately employed as a graduate Engineer by Gathaiya Njagi and partners, a firm of Consulting Engineers. He worked for four years in design and supervision of structural works until 1989.
In 1989, Anthony Muheria joined the “International seminary of the Holy Cross” while attending his Theological studies in the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. He was ordained priest on June 13 1993 at the Basilica of the Saint Eugene in Rome. After his ordination, he worked in formation within the Seminary of the Holy Cross for two years.
Bishop Anthony Muheria completed his Doctoral studies in Sacramental Theology in June 1995, and returned to Kenya where he was mainly involved in the pastoral work within the Prelature of Opus Dei, in which he is incardinated.
In these years, Anthony Muheria has carried out a wide apostolate of spiritual direction and formation to various groups of people, including preaching many retreats to laymen and diocesan Priests.
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On October 30, 2003, he was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Embu to succeed Bishop John Njue, who had been moved to Nyeri. Muheria was consecrated bishop on January 10, 2004.
Bishop Anthony Muheria – Catholic Diocese of Kitui
Bishop Anthony Muheria new Diocese of Kitui is very arid and home to some of the poorest people in Kenya, a large percentage of residents living on food aid.
Holy Ghost Missionaries, or the Spiritans, were the first evangelisers of Kitui. They opened a primary school in Museve in 1939 and started missions at Mutune (1945), Muthale (1948) and Ikanga (1956).
The northern part of the diocese was evangelised by Consolata Missionaries from Meru, who opened a mission at Kimangao in 1954.
Kitui was made an apostolic prefecture in October 1956 and entrusted to the St Patrick Missionary Society. It became a diocese on November 16, 1963, with William Dunne as the first bishop. Lele succeeded Dunne on February 2, 1996
Pope Francis appoints Anthony Muheria as Nyeri archbishop
Pope Francis has picked Bishop Anthony Muheria to head the Nyeri Archdiocese following the retirement of Peter Kairo.
Bishop Muheria was in charge of the Kitui Catholic Diocese.
The announcement was made by the Apostolic Nuncio, which is tasked with vetting of candidates for various posts in the Church.
Bishop Anthony Muheria Engineer
After attaining the retirement age of 75 years in September last year, Archbishop Kairo wrote to the Vatican seeking to leave office.
As per church procedure, successors and appointees are kept a secret and are picked by the Pope himself.
In Kitui, Right Reverend Muheri served as the apostolic administrator of Machakos Diocese.
He was born on May 27, 1963 in Murang’a County and joined the clergy on June 1995 as a priest.
In 2003, he was ordained as Bishop of Embu where he served for five years before his posting in Kitui in 2008.
Reverend Muheri graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1984 from the University of Nairobi.
Bishop Anthony Muheria – Welcomed
He will officially take charge after he receives the pallium, which according to United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, “is a sign of office in the Latin Church worn by the pope and by metropolitan archbishops.
“It is a white woolen band formed into a circle, which lies over the shoulders, with bands extending down the front and the back.”
He will receive it at the Vatican on June 29.
Father Charles Kinyua welcomed the new archbishop, promising cooperation.
“I wish to congratulate him and welcome him to Nyeri. Also, I wish a joyful retirement for Archbishop Kairo whom we will always look up to for guidance and counsel,” Fr Kinyua said.
Archbishop Kairo will move to his new residence in Kamakwa, Nyeri, which was built by the Church.