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Archdiocese of Nyeri

Archidioecesis Nyeriensis

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  • Anthony Muheria, Archbishop
  • Peter Joseph Kairo, Archbishop Emeritus

Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Elevated: 21 May 1990
  • Metropolitan See
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Kenya
  • Square Kilometers: 8,450 (3,263 Square Miles)
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: Catholic Secretariat, P.O. Box 288, 10100 Nyeri, Kenya
  • Telephone: 721.785.169
  • Fax: (061)2030.435

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Mission "Sui Iuris" of Kenya
14 September 1905ErectedVicariate Apostolic of Northern Zanguebar Mission "Sui Iuris" of Kenya (erected)
Vicariate Apostolic of Kenya
12 July 1909ElevatedMission "Sui Iuris" of Kenya Vicariate Apostolic of Kenya
20 February 1922Territory AddedVicariate Apostolic of Zanzibar Vicariate Apostolic of Kenya (Boundaries adjusted)
10 March 1926Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Kenya Prefecture Apostolic of Meru (erected)
Vicariate Apostolic of Nyeri
10 March 1926Name ChangedVicariate Apostolic of Kenya Vicariate Apostolic of Nyeri
3 January 1931Territory AddedVicariate Apostolic of Zanzibar (Laikipia) Vicariate Apostolic of Nyeri
3 January 1931Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Nyeri (Limuru) Vicariate Apostolic of Zanzibar
Diocese of Nyeri
25 March 1953ElevatedVicariate Apostolic of Nyeri Diocese of Nyeri
14 June 1954Territory AddedDiocese of Meru
Diocese of Nyeri
25 November 1964Territory LostDiocese of Nyeri (Marsabit and Samburu) Diocese of Marsabit (erected)
28 July 1965Territory AddedDiocese of Eldoret (Western part of Nyandarua) Diocese of Nyeri
12 January 1973Territory LostDiocese of Meru (Ekarakara)
Diocese of Nyeri (Ithanga Hills)
Diocese of Machakos
31 August 1973Territory LostDiocese of Nyeri (Timau (except near Nanyuki and west of Oltulili river)) Diocese of Meru
22 September 1973Territory LostDiocese of Nyeri (Isiolo) Diocese of Meru
17 March 1983Territory LostDiocese of Nyeri (Muranga and Kirinyaga) Diocese of Muranga (erected)
Archdiocese of Nyeri
21 May 1990ElevatedDiocese of Nyeri Archdiocese of Nyeri
5 December 2002Territory LostArchdiocese of Nyeri (Nyandarua and western part of Laikipia) Diocese of Nyahururu (erected)


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Vicariate Apostolic of Nyeri
Diocese of Nyeri
Archdiocese of Nyeri

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

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Vicariate Apostolic of Kenya
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 14, Page 164, and Page 165
  • Vicariate Apostolic of Nyeri
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 23, Page 370, and Page 371
  • Diocese of Nyeri
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 45, Page 705, to Page 710
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 47, Page 154, and Page 155
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 57, Page 734
  • Archdiocese of Nyeri
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 82, Page 938


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