Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Mombasa John Njenga has passed on at Mater Hospital at the age of 90 after a short illness.

The news of his death was confirmed by the Archbishop of Mombasa Martin Kivuva when he met family members and friends of the archbishop at the hospital.

Kivuva termed the clergy as a man who was dedicated to serving both the Church and country.

“He served as the chairman of the Bishop’s Conference and rendered his services with a lot of dedication and commitment. He will be remembered for his passion and immerse contribution to the development of education in Kenya,” said Kivuva.

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Archbishop Emeritus John Njenga was born on December 25, 1928 to the late Mzee Peter Kimani and Maria Wanjiru in Tigoni, Kiambu District.

He attended Mang’u High School and was ordained priest at Kibosho Major Seminary in Tanzania in 1957. Upon ordination, he was posted to the then Nairobi Diocese.

In 1970 he was ordained Bishop of Eldoret, and in 1988 Bishop of Mombasa, becoming Archbishop two years later. Archbishop Njenga was Chairman of the Kenya Episcopal Conference, now Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, from 1976 to 1982.

Plans for the funeral of Archbishop Njenga will be communicated at a later date.

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