Office of the Bishop
The management of the entire diocese is vested in his Lordship the Bishop. The Bishop is appointed by the Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. In hierarchical communion, the Bishop is the Sacramental Head of the Diocese, the Portion of the people of God “in which the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic church of Christ is truly present and operative.” (can. 369). The Bishop’s power in the diocese is supreme. Canon 381 defines the Bishop’s power “as ordinary, proper and immediate.” He is the legal holder of all assets, properties, projects and programs in the diocese.
In exercise of his powers, and in some cases as provided in the code of canon law, the Bishop may delegate part of his authority to any priest of the Diocese. The organs, offices, departments, sections, institutions and units in the structure exist at his discretion and/or with his approval. The current Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kitale is Rt. Rev. Henry Juma Odonya. He was appointed by Pope Francis on 4th November 2022 and was installed on 21st January 2023. He is the second Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kitale.