Francis Baldacchino, OFMCap, of Malindi (Kenya) passed away on October 10, 2009.
in Malta, on July 6, 1936, the Capuchin
Friar and missionary worked in Africa for
over 40 years (Lamu Island, parish of
Mpeketoni, parish of Ruiru in Nairobi and
Garissa) and was appointed Bishop by Pope
John Paul II in 2000 and called to lead the
new Diocese of Malindi, which also includes
the districts of Magarini, Garsen, and Lamu.
was no easy task, as a result of the vast
territory and the large number of faithful
(nearly half a million).
Bishop Baldacchino was soon loved by all and
showed great concern for local problems,
leaving behind important initiatives in the
area of healthcare (six clinics)
-- Bishop Francis Baldacchino PHOTO
- LWANGA MOMBASA
schools, pastoral centers and parishes, many of
which were made possible with support from the
Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith,
with which he maintained a close contact.
home was Africa, where he also established a
relationship with the community of Italians in
funeral service was held in Floriana (La
Valletta-Malta), on October 13, 2009.
Boniface Lele together with Cardinal Njue and
Archbishop Sulumeti attended the burial in Malta, in between attending the
In Malindi Diocese For
Bishop Francis Baldacchino
It was in the loving memory of their late
Bishop that the Malindi Diocese organized two Masses; Tuesday 13th October 2009, which was said concurrently with the late
bishop's requiem Mass in Maltawhere he was buried on the same day.
second Mass was on the Sunday 18th October 2009, at St. Anthony Cathedral in Malindi.
Mass was organized so as to give chance to parishioners of the Diocese
and friends who could not attend the previous one to pay their last
respect to their loving father and friend.
by the Cathedral was packed to the brim with
parishioners following the proceedings even from the outside.
Philip Anyollo of Homabay was the main celebrant assisted by Malindi
Diocese's Vicar General Fr. Albert Buijs, priests from the diocese,
the Episcopal vicar of Mombasa;
John Correa, priests from other dioceses anddeacons, together with several seminarians, nuns, and
brothers who had come to pay their last respects.
the beautiful Eucharistic celebration befitting a fallen hero among
his people, there was a procession to the altar by two
seminarians, the religious, St. Joseph, Anne, St. Monica, Catholic
Men Association, Missionary Children, Wana Maria and altar servers
to light a candle at the table that was beautifully decorated with
flowers and there lay the portrait of the late Bishop.
choir led the congregation in singing the Salve Regina with all its
solemnity and hence changing the mood of the celebrations to that of
adoration and prayer.
representatives later presented their speeches; Fr. John Correa read
Archbishop Boniface Lele's encouraging and consoling speech and the
condolences on behalf of the people of Mombasa Archdiocese.
Lele was away in Romeattending the Synod meeting while the death
late Bishop Francis served in Kenyafor more than nine years and was an active member
of the AMECEA.
Malindi Diocese, from us your brothers and sisters of the Catholic
Archdiocese of Mombasa;
shall never walk alone, our father shall be your father and together
we shall remain strong in the Lord's vineyard".