The Catholic fraternity is mourning the death of the retired Roman Archbishop Ndingi Mwana a’ Nzeki.
The selfless humane, religious icon died in Nairobi on Tuesday aged 88 years.
The passing on of the Archbishop was made public by the Nairobi Archbishop Eminence John Cardinal Njue through social media account.
He posted “A somber morning as we announce the passing on of His Grace Archbishop Emeritus Raphael Ndingi Mwana a’ Nzeki. Let us pray for the repose of his soul.”
Mwana a’ Nzeki went to be with the Lord after battling long illness.
He was born on December, 25th, 1931 in Mwala Machakos County.
Ndingi went to Kiseran Seminary and he was later ordained as a Priest in 1961 by Archbishop John Joseph McCarthy.
He was then made an assistance Priest in Nairobi and Makadara before his appointment as Bishop in the year 1969 by Pope Paul VI.
Ndingi served in many leadership roles as the Machakos and Nakuru Diocese archbishop.
He also served as the Secretary General of Catholic Bishops before being appointed as Coadjutor Archbishop of Nairobi in 1996 as an assistant to the then Cardinal Maurice Michael Otunga.
Archbishop Ndingi made a history by being the first Kenyan Bishop to celebrate his Episcopal Golden Jubilee.
Many described Ndingi as a self- motivated learner who invested in the education of both his priests and other people to further their studies for better future.
[The late former Catholic Archbishop Ndingi Mwana a’ Nzeki. Photo/courtesy].
In an exclusive interview with the Catholic Archbishop of Mombasa Archdiocese his Grace Martin Kivuva Musonde, he described Ndingi a loving, caring and kind hearted, selfless servant of God.
He sent his heart-full condolences to both the family and the Catholic fraternity following the demise.
“I extend my sympathy most especially to Catholic fraternity and the entire family who mourn, let’s all pray for peace and comfort at this difficult time. I therefore invite you all to pray for his soul and especially to make an effort to offer many prayers for him in gratitude for all he did for us in Machakos and Nakuru and Nairobi Archdiocese. We pray that The Lord may welcome him into the eternal kingdoms and reward him for his service as a Priest a Bishop and an Archbishop,” noted the Man of God.
He added “The outstanding man of God’s servant leadership shall be missed by many,”