Alongside the various groups for the pastoral care of men, women, youth and children, the Archdiocese of Kisumu also has very strong Devotions! The following are the key devotions that we have:

1. Legion of Mary and other Marian Devotions

  • This Group was always established by the Missionaries when they established our earlier parishes. It is widely spread across the Archdiocese and has the young people in its membership in most of our parishes. Two of its Commitia (plural for Commitium) are found in Siaya and Bondo. Kisumu itself is the seat of the Regia for the Legion of Mary in Western part of Kenya, under the leadership of Rev. Fr. John Mak’Opiyo of the Archdiocese of Kisumu.
  • Other Marian Devotions exist too in some of our parishes, even though they still not yet widespread across the Archdiocese. These are: The Living Rosary Group and the Immaculate Heart Group.

2. St Monica Widows

Rev. Fr. Sylvester Sulwe started this group to support women whose husbands had died and were being forced into certain demeaning cultural practices which were against their sacramental life. Whenever the husband dies, the widow is often forced to be re-married by another person chosen by the family of the husband. This may be a brother to the deceased or any other person. Culturally, such a person who takes over the place of the deceased must himself be a married man with a family. When a lady whose husband died enters into such a relationship, she definitely gets into an adulterous union, and thereby her sacramental life is compromised. Usually the woman is not given the freedom to choose whether she is for it or not. There are so many things the woman is not allowed to do without upholding such cultural practices.

Under the patronage of St Monica, Fr. Sulwe started a group to help such women in maintain their sacramental life in the church and as well to fight for their inalienable right. This group has spread across the Archdiocese and so many women have moving testimonies of their ordeals and of how the group has helped them. Although it is predominantly a woman affair, there are also men who are members. Membership is also open to women and men who, though they have not lost their partners, are already in agreement with the ideals of this group and who will easily join them as soon as their partners die.

Every year they have their convention, during which the Archbishop celebrates Mass with them and they renew their commitments. Such conventions are usually organized on any date around 27th August feast of St Monica.

3. St Elizabeth of Hungary

This group is under the patronage of St Elizabeth of Hungary, a princess who after the death of her husband sold their property and built a hospital to care for the sick. She is a symbol of Christian charity.

The members of this group also do a lot of charitable collections to support the poor people in the communities where they live. Annually, the Archbishop celebrates Mass with them on the 17th November during which whatever is collected is distributed to orphanages and children’s homes in the Archdiocese.

 4. Sacred Heart

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Alongside the various groups for the pastoral care of men, women, youth and children, the Archdiocese of Kisumu also has very strong Devotions! The following are the key devotions that we have:

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