Nation Media Group (NMG) sports journalist Vincent Opiyo has resigned from his job to attend a higher calling, to become a Catholic priest.
The 29-year old journo who joined NMG in 2017 will study priesthood through the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), a Roman Catholic congregation.
“At the age of 12, I became an Altar Boy in my home parish, Nangina Catholic church. This was a year of finishing my catechism classes that culminated into receiving Holy Communion. It is during this period that I started dreaming of being like my parish priest who was a friend and a father figure.
“I joined the University of Nairobi for a Broadcast Journalism course in September 2011 but my hopes for a bursary from a charity organization collapsed and I had to drop out after failing to pay the Sh110,000 fees,” says Opiyo, in his last article to the Sunday Nation.
Opiyo used to write sports stories for the Daily Nation and Mwanaspoti, specialising in football.
Opiyo’s journey to priesthood begins in Arusha, Tanzania on May 25, and it will take him 13 year to complete.
A Catholic priest is first required to have a Bachelor’s degree, before becoming a candidate.
The candidate is then required to attend a seminary program to study graduate-level coursework in subjects like Biblical studies, liturgy, ethics, pastoral studies, church history and preaching. The candidate then acquires a Master of Divinity or another related degree.
At the conclusion of seminary training or other guided preparation for the priesthood, a candidate is generally ordained, which is sometimes called receiving the sacrament of holy orders.
He then receives an assignment or begins living a religious life along with fellow members of their order.