Bishop Cornelius Kipng’eno Arap Korir of the Eldoret Catholic Diocese is dead.
He died on Monday morning while receiving treated at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.He was set to be flown to Karen hospital in Nairobi later for specialised treatment.
The bishop was born in 1950 at Segutiet Bomet District, Kericho Diocese.He was ordained Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret on June 2, 1990, when the diocese, which then included Kitale, had 50 parishes.
Korir was then consecrated as Bishop on June 2, 1990.But what stood out in Bishop Korir’s 25 years of episcopal ministry in Eldoret was his role in peacekeeping.
Bishop had called for dialogue between the Jubilee government and the opposition to end the political tension in the country.
Bishop Korir presided over an unprecedented increase in church membership along with growth in the education and health sectors with the Catholic Church putting up several schools and hospitals in his region.
He served in Molo, Kituro and Nakuru before taking up the role of Vocations Director and Episcopal Vicar at the Diocese of Kericho.