Know our origin

The Archdiocese of Kisumu (ADOK) is headquartered in Kisumu city in Nyanza region. The area of operation of ADOK encompasses the administrative counties of Kisumu and Siaya.

The Catholic faith was introduced in this region by the Mill Hill Missionaries. The first Mill Hill Missionaries were sent to Kisumu from Uganda in 1903. The Mill Hill Missionaries is a Society started by Herbert Cardinal Vaughan in 1866 in Mill Hill, a suburb of North West London, England. He placed the Society under the patronage of St Joseph.

Herbert Vaughan was the eldest son of John Francis and Eliza Vaughan. Out of 12 children, 5 sons became priests while 4 daughters became Religious Sisters. Their mother Eliza was a holy woman who encouraged her children to serve the church as priests and Religious.

The Mill Hill Missionaries arrived in Uganda in 1895, having travelled to Mombasa by ship. They were received by Kabaka Mwanga II into his court and were given land at Nsambya Hill. They spread their evangelizing mission to Kisumu in 1903, covering the greater Western part of Kenya and the entire North Rift up to Nakuru.

On 15th July 1925, this area in Kenya (Nyanza, Western, and North Rift Regions) that the Mill Hill Missionaries evangelized was established as an Apostolic Prefecture of Kavirondo, still under the Apostolic Vicariate of Upper Nile in Uganda. It was put under its first Bishop Gorgonius Brandsman. In 1932, it was elevated to the level of Apostolic Vicariate of Kisumu. When part of this Vicariate of Kisumu was curved out in 1953 to create the Apostolic Prefecture of Eldoret, the remaining part of the Apostolic Vicariate of Kisumu was elevated to be the Diocese of Kisumu. In 1960, part of this Diocese of Kisumu was again carved out to create the Diocese of Kisii. Later on, in 1978, the then Fr. Zacchaeus Okoth was consecrated to be the Bishop of Kisumu. In 1990, the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kisumu was created with Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth as the Local Ordinary.

In 1990, the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kisumu was created with Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth as the Local Ordinary.

The remaining Diocese of Kisumu had only 14 parishes (7 in Kisumu County and 7 in Siaya County). With the special personal motto of the Archbishop of Bringing Joy to God’s People, the ADOK now boasts of 54 parishes, including Maseno Chaplaincy which has a parochial status.

Under the pastoral care of Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth, ADOK implements both Pastoral and Integral Human Development Programs. The Pastoral Programs provide spiritual and pastoral care to the faithful through evangelization, preaching, catechesis, teaching, counseling and guidance. The Integral Human Development on the other hand implements various socio-economic development programs like programs of Justice and Peace, besides emergency relief responses through Caritas. These Programs are managed and implemented by professional development staff, priests, religious, and the laity. ADOK has cooperated and/or partnered with a number of development partners in their endeavor to deliver various development initiatives.

History

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Read more

Our moto

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Read more

What we do

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Read more

Why us

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Read more