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The Diocese of Kenema is one of the four Dioceses in Sierra Leone. It is geographically situated in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone, (West Africa). Originally the Diocese of Kenema was part of the Diocese of Freetown and Bo. The idea of the Diocese of Kenema was raised in 1962 by Msgr. Maury, Apostolic Delegate to Sierra Leone.

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Most Rev. Henry Aruna was born to the late Mr. Matthew J. Aruna and Mrs. Margaret M. Aruna, a Catholic couple, on the 2nd August 1964. The young Henry Aruna was given an infant baptism at the Holy Spirit Parish, Kenema, then the College Chapel, in 1968.

He attended St. Paul's Primary School Kenema, RC School Kanike, RC School Fadugu, and RC School Kabala in the 1970s. It was during his secondary education at Holy Trinity in Kenema that Most Rev. Henry Aruna felt the call to the Catholic priesthood. He entered the then St. Kizito's Junior Seminary in Kenema. After his GCE O'levels and Spiritual Year at St. Kizito's Pre- Major Seminary, Most Rev. Henry Aruna entered St. Paul's Major Seminary in Gbarnga, Liberia in 1985. He finished his seminary training in Makeni and was ordained to the diaconate in 1992 by Most Rev. George Biguzzi at St. Francis Chapel, off Azzolini high way, Makeni. He was ordained to the priesthood on April 16th, 1993 in Kenema by Most Rev. John O'Riordan C. S. Sp.

After his priestly ordination, Most Rev. Henry Aruna worked in the Diocese of Kenema from 1993 to 1994. He also worked in the then Archdiocese of Freetown and Bo fro...

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DATE: 26th/03/2022


In a chemistry of Faith and support to the Chief Shepherd of the Diocese, the Kenema Deanery has this Saturday 26th March, 2022 observed the 2nd Cathedraticum at the Holy Trinity Parish in Kenema under the auspices of the Bishop of the Diocese. The Cathedraticum Celebration is a mark of honour and sign of subjection to the Cathedral Church, where its name is derived and an annual financial and material support to the Bishop. The Mass which attracted many Parishioners from the seven Parishes of the Deanery was graced by Priests and Religious working in the Deanery. Giving his welcome address, the Dean of the Deanery who doubles as Parish Priest of the Host Parish Rev. Fr. Celestin Koundouno CSSp expressed his delight in hosting this year's celebration. He welcomed all Priests, Religious and the lay faithful for their presence. He recounted the many challenges faced by Parishes during this period but nonetheless reaffirms their commitment to the Bishop in his Pastoral strides. He mentioned that last year's Cathedraticum was for the pavement of the Cathedral, which is the Episcopal Seat of the Bishop and was successful as a result of Parishioners' unflinching support. "This year's Cathedraticum is targeting the payment of fees for the Seminarians." He noted. In his gratifying homily, the Bishop of the Diocese of Kenema Most Rev. Dr. Henry Aruna catechized Parishioners about the structural development of the Catholic Church and how the Church galvanizes funds for its continual growth. He said that the lay faithful are the most important members of the Church and their contributions towards the Church have been amazing. "You're never too poor to give nor too rich to receive, therefore, self-reliance is now a must". He emphasized. The Bishop expressed his gratitude to Priests, Religious and the lay faithful for their support to his administration. He concluded by reflecting on the Gospel reading which centers around the Widow's Mite and encouraged all to contribute generously towards the growth of the Church. The celebration was climaxed by joyous presentation of cheques and physical Cash by Parishes to their smiling Bishop. The sum of Eighty-three million Leones(le83,000,000) was raised as follows: • St. Paul's Cathedral- Le 20,000,000 • Holy Trinity Parish- Le15,000,000 • Holy Spirit Parish- Le15,000,000 •Immaculate Conception Church- Le15,000,000 • Holy Rosary Parish Blama- Le9,000,000 • St. Francis of Assisi- Boajibu- Le4,000,000 • St. Kizito's Parish Panguma- Le4,000,000 • Holy Childhood Association- Le450,000 • Extra collection- Le500,000 The Vote of thanks was delivered by the host Chairman Asp. Peter Ensah whose powerful and inspiring speech triggered an overwhelming applause from the congregation.

VENUE: Holy Trinity Parish

TIME: 10am


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