NAIROBI/.September 11/2015

m IMG 7187 Over 100 golfers among them nine priests on Friday, September 11 participated at golf tournament, sponsored by the First Assurance Company, Nairobi to raise funds for the on-going Maurice Michael cardinal Otunga beatification process.

The winners of the day, included Anne Rama, with, the overall winner with 42 points; Men winner, Mr Charles Kibicho with 40 points; Lady Winner Margaret Mwai with 42 points; Clergy winner Rev Fr Chris Kamau with 34 points and his runner- up, Rev. Fr Michael Karanja with 32 points.

Rev Fr Callisto Nyangilo represented His Eminence John Cardinal Njue, who was supposed to be the guest of honour. In a speech, read on his behalf by Fr Callisto, Cardinal Njue said he was pleased to inform that the second Phase of the beatification process on the life of Maurice Cardinal Otunga, also referred to as the Roman Phase is progressing well.

He said it was pleasing to see that the golfers included both Catholics and non-Catholics, among them the Sikhs. Some of them participated in giving cash, while others participated in the actual playing.

“We thank all Christians and people of goodwill for their prayers and generous support to the process,” he told the assembled congregation, who also witnessed the awarding of trophies to the winners of the day.

This year, the Cardinal recalled, we have witnessed the beatification of the Blessed Sr Irene Stefane “Nyaatha”, a Consolata missionary Sister. “It was a faith- deepening moment as well as consoling in that it does not matter where you come from, in pursuit of holiness.

Rev Fr Peter Kaigua Ngugi, one of the priest golfers, welcomed the idea of various people using their talents such as the golf to raise the need funds for this noble beatification course, here with thus, this time around.

“Apart from prayers, materials resources are necessary; hence we must all feel obliged to make our contributions, materially,” he advised.

According to the First Assurance Managing Director, Mr Stephen Githiga, the company has sponsored the golf tournament for the last three years.

“We have done it with a strong belief that by so doing, we are making our contribution in this noble course-the Cardinal Otunga beatification process,” he said in an interview during the tournament, which was held at the Royal Nairobi Golf Club, Nairobi.

One of the most remarkable attribute of the Servant of God Maurice Cardinal Otunga was his simplicity in life style and his humility. Born in Western Kenya, in Bungoma Diocese among the Bukusu people, he became a Catholic Christian, a priest, a bishop and a cardinal. He worked in Mombasa as Secretary to the Apostolic Delegation, in Kisumu as Ordinary and Nairobi as the Archbishop, emphasized Cardinal Njue.

Cardinal Otunga is known to have touched the hearts of many, through his leadership, preaching, concern for the less fortunate and promotion of justice.

The beatification process, which was petitioned by John Cardinal Njue as the Ordinary bishop of the Archdiocese of Nairobi in 2011, is about to enter its second phase after the diocesan Phase was successfully completed late last year and its report sent to Rome.


Reported by Francis Njuguna