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Diocese of Eldoret

Dioecesis Eldoretensis

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  • Dominic Kimengich, Bishop
  • John Kiplimo Lelei, Auxiliary Bishop

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Diocese
  • Elevated: 13 October 1959
  • Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Kisumu
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Kenya
  • Square Kilometers: 9,254 (3,574 Square Miles)
  • Description: Counties of Nandi, Uasin Gishu, and Elgeyo Marakwet
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: P.O. Box 842, Nyerere Rd., 30100 Eldoret, Kenya
  • Telephone: 722.848.367; 711.159.972

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Prefecture Apostolic of Eldoret
29 June 1953ErectedDiocese of Kisumu (Turkana, West Suk, Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia, Nakuru, Baringo, Elgeyo, and Mara Kwet, except Nandi) Prefecture Apostolic of Eldoret (erected)
Diocese of Eldoret
13 October 1959ElevatedPrefecture Apostolic of Eldoret Diocese of Eldoret
28 July 1965Territory LostDiocese of Eldoret (Western part of Nyandarua) Diocese of Nyeri
11 January 1968Territory LostDiocese of Eldoret (Turkana) Prefecture Apostolic of Lodwar (erected)
11 January 1968Territory LostDiocese of Eldoret
Diocese of Kisumu
Archdiocese of Nairobi
Diocese of Nakuru (erected) (Districts of Nakuru and Kericho)
28 June 1972Territory AddedDiocese of Nakuru (Baringo) Diocese of Eldoret
20 January 1976Territory AddedDiocese of Kisumu (Nandi (except Tindinyo Compound)) Diocese of Eldoret
27 April 1987Territory LostDiocese of Eldoret (Tongaren)
Diocese of Kakamega (Bungoma and Busia)
Diocese of Bungoma (erected)
21 May 1990Metropolitan ChangedDiocese of Eldoret (from Nairobi)
3 April 1998Territory LostDiocese of Eldoret (Trans Nzoia and West Pokot) Diocese of Kitale (erected)


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Diocese of Eldoret

Note: Any changes in boundaries over time are not indicated in the above table.

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Prefecture Apostolic of Eldoret
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 46, Page 241, to Page 243
  • Diocese of Eldoret
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 52, Page 129, to Page 131
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 68, Page 156
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 82, Page 937


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