Nairobi, Kenya, November 12, 2020
A new monastery will officially open its doors tomorrow in Kenya.
“Finally after 100 years. With the blessings and mentorship of Our beloved Bishop Makarios of Nairobi, the first monastery is set to be officially opened in the diocese of Nairobi,” writes Fr. Methodios Kariuki, the head of the St. Barnabas Orphanage and School in South Kinangop, Kenya.
As Fr. Methodios writes, Archimandrite John has labored over the construction of the Monastery of St. Moses the Black for 9 years. “Chasing a dream for 9 years is a great burden. But finally he has made it by the help of God,” he writes.
The monastery also has a chapel dedicated to St. John Chrysostom.
“This is a great achievement on the part of our Bishop,” Fr. Methodios continues. “Himself a monk, he has been in Kenya for over 40 years. Seeing one of his own children and a close worker at the seminary in Nairobi finally move into a life of daily prayer and complete submission is more than a milestone.”
Last November, the Skete of St. Anna opened in the Diocese of Nyeri and Mt. Kenya, though at that time there were no resident sisters.
In an interview given not long before his repose in 2018, Bishop Athanasius of Kisumu and Western Kenya noted that there is one active men’s monastery and one active convent in the Kisumu Diocese, though neither had residences of their own at the time of the interview.