PDF Print E-mail


Holy Trinity Catholic Mission Kariobangi North


The Catholic Mission Kariobangi can trace its beginnings way back in 1961 when the Holy Ghost Missionaries started to approach the then remote area for prayer and follow up of the Catholics that had originally settled in the area from upcountry in search of work. It is recorded that some priests were already celebrating Mass in the area of Babadogo, which by now has become the autonomous Parish of Sacred Heart of Jesus. In 1966 a missionary priest called Fr. Thomas Meagher CSSP started to celebrate Mass in the Social hall of Kariobangi village while visiting Catholic homes every Thursday. By 1969 the population of Catholics was already estimated to be one thousand faithful in a territory stretching from Babadogo, St. Benedict, Dandora, through Umoja, Doonholm to Embakasi. In 1970 a plot was purchased for the proper church and Father’s residence buildings. The present Church building was estimated to cost Kshs 600,000/= (Six Hundred Thousand Shillings only) The Catholic families were requested to fundraise Ksh 200,000/= while the missionaries and their friends would 400,000/=. This was achieved with the support of the then Vice President Daniel Arap Moi’s by a Harambee that raised 32,000/= shillings in one go. In 1973, the Holy Ghost Missionaries handed over the Mission to the Comboni Missionaries in the persons of Fr. Romeo De Berti and Fr. Milani Gino. By 1975 the huge Church building had been over grown by the numbers of the faithful, thus the establishing of Out Stations like Babadogo, Umoja and Embakasi which successively became fully fledged Parishes. Doonholm and Kariobangi South followed suit.
At the moment, Holy Trinity Catholic Mission Kariobangi is happy to be called mother to several daughter parishes that are even growing faster than before.

Due to the population boom, the parish is divided into four Zones under three Mass Centres.
In the Western Zone we have St. Martin de Porres with 18 Small Christian Communities. In the same direction we have Huruma Zone with 10 small Christian Communities. The Central Zone, where the main Church is situated, has 20 Small Christian Communities. The Eastern Zone comprises of St. John’s Church-Korogocho with 26 Small Christian Communities. We estimate the population of the present parish area to be around 500,000 people, out of whom 67,000 should be baptized Catholics both from up country and indigenous Nairobians. Half the parish area or even more can be classified as slum. To try to maintain the growth and unity of the parish we use the following ways:

  • Christian life founded and maintained by the WORD of God and the Holy Eucharist.
  • Parish administration and evangelisation based on focused planning and team work.
  • Well selected, elected and continuously formed Christian leaders.
  • Consistent planned meetings from the Small Christian Communities to the Parish Pastoral Council.
  • Attention to the social gospel, based on the ministry of care and Christian charity (Social Services).
  • Homely environment at our church centres and respect for all the people of God.
  • Seminars for all parish groups, services and ministries.
  • The catechumenate for children, youth and adults with convinced catechists.
  • Well-organized and focused youth ministry.
  • Personal Christian witness from the pastoral agents.

The parish does its best to make sure that every person and any relevant group get the attention they deserve.The Parish covers an area inhabited by 500,000 people and it is situated between two constituencies: Starehe and Kasarani. It includes also Mathare North.
It is subdivided into 4 zones: Central and Huruma, Ngei (St.Martin), Korogocho (St.John), each with its own chapel. The parish counts an overall population of some 60,000 faithful spread over the parish territory. There are over 74 Small Christian Communities stretching out all over the territory and some 230 leaders (3 for each Community).

Here below you may access more information.

Deanery: Nairobi East Dedic: Holy Trinity Found: 1973
Pop: 500,000 Cath.: 67,000 Km about 9 sq.

Run by: Comboni Missionaries
Rd-Loc: Kamunde Road
P.O. Box 47714-00100 Nairobi GPO
Tel: (020) 780430 Fax: (020) 787586
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mass Time: Kiswahili 08.00 am / Kiswahili 09.30 am / Kiswahili 11.00 am At the Main Church.
Kiswahili 08.00 am / Kiswahili 09.30 am / Kiswahili 11.00 am At St. Martin de Porres.
Kiswahili 08.00 am / Kiswahili 10.000 am / At St. John’s-Korogocho.
English 08.00 am / At Missionaries of Charity Chapel.
English 09.30 am / At Moi Forces Academy.
P Priest: Fr. Paulino Mondo / B: 1959 / O: 1990 / A: 2004 / Q: MCCJ
P Assist: Fr. Paolo Latorre / B: 1967 / O: 1999 / A: 2005 / Q: MCCJ
Fr. Daniel Moschetti / B:1960 / O: 1996 / A: 2001 / Q: MCCJ
Fr. Mario Porto / B: 1940 / O: 1966 / A: 1993 / Q: MCCJ
Sisters: Comboni Missionary Sisters
P.O. Box 64491 / 00619 Nairobi Muthaiga
Tel: (020) 783968
E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Groups: Altar Servers / Family Renewal / Choir /Liturgical Committee/ C.W.A. /
J &P Commission / Legio Mariae / Parish Council / Pioneers / Y.C.S. / Youth Group /
Catechists 52
Ministries: Extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist-Wapokeshaji / M. of the poor – Wahudumu wa Maskini / M. of the sick –Wahudumu wa Afya / Youth Ministry Senior and Junior -Vijana. /M. of Faith – Wahudumu wa Imani/ M. of Bible-– Wahudumu wa Biblia
Initiatives: Bible Study / Catechumenate Adults and children
Outstations: 2 – Korogocho (D/: St. John – F/: 1983) – Ngei (D/: St. Martin de Porres – F/: 1993)

CATHOLIC OWNED OR SPONSORED EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Owned: 1. St. John's Nursery & Informal School (1,020 students)
2. Watoto Wetu Centre (193) (For Orphans and for Extremely poor children)
Sponsored: 1. St. DANIEL COMBONI Primary School (2060 students)
2. Ngunyumu Primary School (1408)
3. Our Lady Of Fatima Secondary School (750)

CHARITABLE AND SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS

1. Projects for Social Promotion in Korogocho:
Scavengers Mukuru Hairdressing School
Single Mothers Youth: Sports Society
Bega kwa Bega (Independent Cooperative)
Boma Rescue Centre: run by St. John’s-Korogocho Outstation with the Parish of Dandora.

2. Missionaries of Charity
Rd-Loc: Huruma Road, near Kiamaiko
P.O. Box 32778 / 00600 Nairobi Ngara Rd.
Tel: (020) 6750697 – (020) 781803
Also Formation House – Postulancy and Novitiate.
Home for the Abandoned: -
Abandoned Babies (Orphanage – children’s home)
Women (Sick, Dying, Handicapped, Old) - 55
Orphaned Children - 78
Mentally / Physically Handicapped Children - 55
Slum School Children - 272
Dry Food Distribution Fortnightly - 350
Sunday School in 8 Areas: - Kariobangi, Korogocho, St. Benedict, Huruma, Baba Dogo, St. Maurice, St. Stephen, St. Bakhita.
Family Visiting in 8 Areas: - Huruma, Kariobangi, Kiamaiko, Mathare Valley, Ngei, Ghetto, Korogocho and Baba Dogo.

3. Mother and Child Clinic: (350 + 360) per month.
4. Malnourished/ Undernourished Children: 65 every week.
5. Service to Handicapped and Chronically ill Children.
6. Dispensary: Catholic Dispensary Kariobangi (Comboni Sisters) (300 - 500 patients per day)
Tel: (020) 789572
7. Community Health Care: Medical Missionary Sisters + Parish Volunteers (Sick+AIDS patients) – Mobile Clinic
P.O. Box 76160 / 00200 Nairobi City Square
Tel: (020) 5604792
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: www.libertynet.org/mms
8. Cheshire Home for the Elderly run by the Franciscan Sisters: 34 residents and day care for 120 elderly people.
Rd-Loc: Kariobangi Road
P.O. Box 64250 / 00620 Nairobi Esso Plaza
Tel: (020) 782854
Fax: (020) 782854
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
9. Lepers day care at the Cheshire Home: 120 weekly.
10. Women Promotion Project: Training School for 120 girls or young mothers.
P.O. Box 16644 / 00619 Nairobi Muthaiga
Tel: 787671
11. Street Children Centres:
- Brothers of St. Charles Lwanga with Informal School for 350 poor or street Children.
- Korogocho Street Children Programme (Under St. John Korogocho Outstation)
12. School Feeding Programme: About 9,500 Children a day.
13. Pro - Life group: Services provided for about 50 pregnant Women per week.
14. Education for life: Awareness Programme about AIDS for Youth in and outside School
P.O. Box 16516 / 00620 Nairobi Esso Plaza
Tel: (020) 8560804 – (0722) 392 927 (0733) 614 586
E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Website: www.eflkenya.org
Education for Life Kenya (EFL) is a National HIV/AIDS Prevention Programme. It offers a variety of programmes, which promote value based living in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis. It begun in 1994 and operates under the Kenya Episcopal Conference’s pastoral and lay commission and it is a project of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa.
15. Eastern Deanery AIDS Relief Programme: Active patients 4,025
VCT Services: 4,217 patients attended January-July 2006.

OTHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

SECONDARY SCHOOLS:
1. Our Lady Of Fatima Sec. 8. Riverside Academy
2. Comima High Sch. 9. Community Urban View
3. Moi Forces 10. Pag Sec. School
4. Genesis Sec. Sch. 11. Dycent View Academy
5. Lili Vision 12. Marura Academy
6. Faith Homes Of Kenya 13. Anointed Sec. School
7. Global Vision 14. Several Others
PRIMARY SCHOOLS:
1. Flower N. School 11. Ndururuno Primary Sch.
2. Ngomongo N. School 12. Daniel Comboni Pry. Sch.
3. Daima N. School 13. Salama Primary School
4. River Side Academy. 14. Huruma Primary School
5. Kariadudu N. S. 15. Ngunyumu Pry. School
6. St. Charles Lwanga (Non-Formal) 16. Daima Primary School
7. Moi Forces Academy 17. St. Johns Informal School
8. Faith Homes Of Kenya 18. Moi Forces Academy Pry.S.
9. Watoto Wetu (Parish Owned) 19. Kariobangi North Pry. Sch.
10. Pag Pry. School 1. Thayu Primary & Youth Centre

Conclusion:
Holy Trinity Kariobangi is a tremendous complex family of the people of God where both the Wheat and the Weed grow together. Challenges of poverty and misery are evident all over the place. All the same one can clearly see the Holy Spirit at work even when it would seem humanly speaking impossible. One can see the poor helping the poor, those with nothing sharing everything available; the smiling face of the terminally sick; the simplest trying to share the WORD of God with those willing to listen. Yes, the miracles of God witnessed every day where they are less expected.