Kenya: Catholic priest gets married and ordained on the same day

Francis Akhalbey October 25, 2023
Reverend Father Edwin Gathang'i Waiguru recently got married -- Image via Citizen Digital

It is well known that celibacy is mandatory for Catholic priests and they must take a vow with regard to that when they are ordained. But a Catholic priest in Kenya made headlines on October 21 as he broke that status quo and defected.

Per Citizen Digital, Reverend Father Edwin Gathang’i Waiguru and Margaret Wanjira Githui tied the knot after he parted ways with the Roman Catholic Church and joined the Catholic Charismatic church – which is a splinter group.

Besides getting married, Waiguru was also ordained as a priest that very day. In an interview with Nation TV, Waiguru said his choice to get married was God’s calling, adding that he had also had it in mind for years.

“I thank my wife for accepting to come and be also used by God so that we can show the world that it’s possible for somebody to serve God and have a family because God did not make a mistake when he created a man and a woman and he said it is not good for a man to be alone,” said Waiguru.

“Many people who were in the occasion said they have never seen such a thing that you can have a wedding and an ordination at the same time.”

The newly married priest also said he was ordained in 2003, and he has since traveled to the United States as well as Haiti for missionary endeavors. “I thank my bishop for accepting that call from God to come and ordain me. I’m also grateful that God has found it worthy to use me to bring something new in the world,” Waiguru said.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: October 25, 2023


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