Seth Mwaniki @MwanikiM
The incoming Nyeri archbishop Antony Muheria has called for prayers, collaboration and patience to help him settle in his new role.
Speaking in his maiden meeting with archdiocese of Nyeri priests, Muheria acknowledged that the new assignment may not be easy for him given that it is bigger in nature, more demanding than his previous one.
The archbishop nominee who is set to replace the retiring archbishop Peter Kairu met the more than 100 priests at Nyeri Catholic Secretariat hall yesterday where he addressed them for more than 40 minutes.
“I am like a driver who is used to handling a small vehicle and I am now expected to drive a truck. Obviously, this may pose a big challenge to me because of its size and of course making decision of where to take turns,” he said.
Muheria was until his appointment by Pope Francis, the bishop of the diocese of Kitui. Yesterday, archbishop Muheria said he was happy that the church has now elevated him to a higher position to play a bigger role. He urged priests to bear with him as he learns the ropes once he is inducted into office on June 17 as expected.
“Maybe, there will be a change of style on how things are done once I take over. This may affect you but you should also be cognisant to the fact that even a son cannot dance like his father,” he said.
Muheria also took time to hail the retiring archbishop, saying that he has been instrumental in nurturing him spiritually from the time he made the decision of joining priesthood. Archbishop Kairu urged priests to support Muheria as he readies to take over office and once he takes over.