During our 80th Anniversary Celebrations on October 16th 2006, St. Luke's Pro-Cathedral launched its first ever 5-year Strategic Plan (SP) 2002 - 2011, a blueprint whose goal was to "Transform St. Luke’s Pro-Cathedral into a more effective, efficient and practical church, in service provision and pastoral work."
The SP set out four strategic priorities (objectives) to align the Church’s operations, namely:
- Providing and expanding physical space for the ministry (church).
- Enhancing effective leadership.
- Strengthening the church’s financial resources.
- Streamlining the church’s ministry functions.
Objective 1 therefore gave impetus to the Cathedral Construction work. It is against this backdrop that the Bishop of ACK Kitale Diocese, The Rt. Rev. Stephen Kewasis appointed a 7-member Taskforce Committee on August 29th 2010 to spearhead the planning and subsequent building of a new cathedral. The Committee then comprising of: Mrs Mary Khisa; Rev. Polycarp Meger; Mr. Alfred Kiboi; Mr. Samson Odawa; Mr. Henry Abuga; Dr. Samuel Njenga; and Mrs. Nacy Mbito was commissioned on August 30, 2010.
At its first meeting, the Taskforce Committee elected Mrs. Mary Khisa as Chair and Mrs. Nancy Mbito as Secretary. They later co-opted 5 more members, namely: Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Chemengich, Mr. Yonah Adala, Mr. Aggrey Kidiavai, Mr. Gabriel Apiyo and Mrs Dorcas Kiteshuo.
As planning for the construction progressed and due to various commitments by members, the committee also co-opted Mr. Obando Ekesa in early 2010, who served as Secretary up to February 2011, when he left Kitale due to work commitments.
However, due to various challenges, construction work did not begin until March 2012. Nonetheless, planning and fundraising work still progressed and the committee drafted a Fundraising Strategy Blueprint Document entitled, A New Beginning: St. Luke's Cathedral - Fundraising Strategies October 2010 to October 2015, which outlined the hopes and aspiration of raising money for the cathedral through various means, with a goal to complete the cathedral by October 2015.
It is this document which has been the guiding framework for the cathedral construction because it spelt out a comprehensive fundraising scope. For instance, to jump-start the fundraising, Taskforce members each gave Kshs 10,000/- which enabled the committee to open a special Cathedral Development Account at Diamond Trust Bank. In the meantime, several options of raising funds for the cathedral were deliberated and church members' support was sought - the initial funds to start off the process was done by the congregation.
The Cathedral Construction work was officially launched by our Bishop, Rt. Rev Kewasis during a Ground Breaking & Fundraising Service on December 19th 2010 . This also marked the firstofficial fundraising event, which was graced by Mr. Andrew Nyabidi as the Guest of Honour. Over Kshs 700,000 was raised, which enabled purchase of iron sheets for fencing off the ground and other materials. Another major fundraising was done in December 2011 but the invited guests of honours did not turn up and the funds raised were entirely from church members. There have also been mini-fundraisers which have greatly boosted our kitty
Despite the Groundbreaking being done in December 2010, the actual construction work did not begin until after 14 months due to many challenges, which the committee had to overcome. The Provost, Rev. Meger led the church to a "Construction-launching" on March 25th 2012, which officially commenced the construction work. By then, the church members had faithfully given cash and in-kind through building materials.
By this time (March 2012), the Taskforce Committee had undergone some changes - they had elected Mr. Yonah Adala as the new Chairperson and co-opted more members - Mr. Isaac Muturi, Mr. Joseph Cheloti, Mrs. Mary Mulwa and Mr. Barnabas Omesa. The current membership therefore comprises:
- Mr. Yonah Adala - Chairperson
- Mr. Barnabas Omesa - Secretary
- Mrs. Nancy Mbito - Member
- Mr. Isaac Muturi - Member & lead contractor
- Mrs. Dorcas Kiteshuo - Member
- Rev. Polycarp Meger - Provost
- Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Chemengich - Member
- Mr. Henry Abuga - Treasurer
- Mr. Alfred Kiboi - Member
- Dr. Samuel Njenga - Member
- Mr. Joseph Cheloti
- Mrs Mary Mulwa
It is heartening to note that the digging of the foundation was done by members of Kibomet Fellowship (Cell Group). Since then, church members, either individually, through fellowships, families or departments have actively given their time, money and material resources towards this project.
On June 17th 2012, The Bishop laid the foundation stone.
In July 2012, a special appeal was made to church members to either as individual or as joint families, to pick up one section between two pillars, which was costed at Kshs 50,000 per section, and upon completion they were entitled to naming rights - such a section would be engraved with their family names for posterity. Again, this was being done in line with the fundraising scope as envisaged in the Fundraising Document. We are glad to report that since August 2012, there has been at least one family or joint families every Sunday giving their contributions and we have raised averagely between Kshs 30,000 - 50,000 per Sunday. This far, we say Ebenezer, God has been our helper!
We are grateful to God, all St. Luke's members and Friends of St. Luke's (FOS), who have generously given towards this project because currently the church building is almost at the roofing stage. We believe with God, all things are possible and hopefully we will be able to complete the Cathedral before our desired target of 2015. Below are photos showing the progress made so far.