March 07 - 13, 2003


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Fr. Xavier Mwakio Mwashighadi

pastoral experience in Kongowea, Chaani,
Kinango, Malindi, Lushangoni and Mwatate

Coastweek - - "To everything there is a season," says Ben Sirach.

The sad news reached us on the 8th February that Rev. Fr. Xavier Mwakio Mwashighadi together with Francis Maghanga, a teacher from Sagalla Secondary School had passed away in a motorcycle accident having been crushed by a trailer at Kasarani, the Voi/ Mombasa junction.

Fr. Xavier stopped to pick up Francis Maghanga a teacher at Sagalla Secondary School.

The accident occurred at Kasarani, Voi.

Everyone especially the family and the Archbishop and Priests are in a state of profound shock.

He was ordained with Fr. Raphael Khanga, Fr. Michael Mwambegu, Fr. Henry Ndune Zoka and Fr. Joseph Karani Ngala.

Fr. Xavier was born on the 14th February 1972. He is the son of Mr. Teddy Mwashighadi and Mrs. Elisabeth Mrunde.

Coastweek - -
Late Rev. Fr.
Xavier Mwakio

He was the youngest of eight brothers and three sisters. He attended St Lwanga Primary School, Changamwe followed by St Mary's Minor Seminary, Kwale.

In 1992 he entered Christ the King, Major Seminary, Nyeri and completed in 1999.

He had pastoral experience in Kongowea, Chaani, Kinango, Malindi, Lushangoni and Mwatate.

His Parish at the time of the accident was Sagalla where he has been working with great zeal especially with the youth.

The Holy Ghost Cathedral on 14th February 2003 was packed and overflowing for the last journey of Fr Xavier.

People had come from all parts of the Archdiocese especially Taita and Changamwe.

The celebration of "Life" in the Cathedral was the culmination of the prayer begun on the day of Fr Xavier's passing.

On Thursday 13th February Mass was held at Maungu and then the cortège moved to Mombasa for the Vigil in Holy Ghost Cathedral.

The main celebrant for the Funeral Mass was the Most Rev. John Njenga, Archbishop of Mombasa.

Priests came from Nairobi, Kitui, Kakamega, Embu and Nyeri among others.

Fr. Xavier's brother, a parishioner of Changamwe read the Readings

Fr Michael Mwambegu, one of the group in which Fr. Xavier was ordained intoned the Gospel reading of St John in Bethany and the famous lines:

"I am the Resurrection and the Life".

It was beautifully done.

The Church was silent in wrapped attention.

During Offertory the Breviary of Fr. Xavier was one of the items offered.

Many words of condolence came from the Apostolic Nuncio, Most Rev Giovanni Tonnucci, the Kenyan Bishops especially of Garissa and Malindi.

Our Priests in Italy, U.S.A., U.K. and Jamaica plus Sisters and others from various places also sent messages of sympathy.

Fr. Ngoma, the Apostolic Vicar for Taita/ Taveta then spoke. Fr. Joseph Kengah, the Chairperson for the Diocesan Priest's Association thanked everyone again.

Fr. Maxwell Okello Parish Priest of Changamwe and Dean of Mombasa West, as well as the MC for the occasion also thanked everyone.

The Vicar General, Fr. Ernest Mutua then introduced the Archbishop.

It was a very touching moment.

After the last blessing the cortège moved to Mbaraki Cemetery, stopping all the traffic in Nyerere Avenue.

The last journey was well-organised thanks to the Saint Joseph's Society.

Thanks go to all, too many to name, for their generosity and assistance at this moment.

Death especially of a young person is very difficult to understand.

The Lord's ways are surely not ours.

We pray for Fr. Xavier, his family, the Archbishop, the Priests, his friends and all those who know him.

It is a great loss to the Archdiocese.

- Sister Maggie Kennedy, Catholic Archdiocese Of Mombasa.





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