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Archdiocese of Nairobi

Archidioecesis Nairobiensis

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  • Vacant
  • David Kamau Ng’ang’a, Auxiliary Bishop
  • John Njue, Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus

Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Elevated: 25 March 1953
  • Metropolitan See
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Kenya
  • Square Kilometers: 3,271 (1,263 Square Miles)
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: Archbishop's House, P.O. Box 14231, 00800 Nairobi, Kenya
  • Telephone: (020)4950.000

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Prefecture Apostolic of Zanguebar
26 February 1860ErectedDiocese of Saint-Denis-de-La Réunion Prefecture Apostolic of Zanguebar (erected) ((or 12 Nov 1862))
Vicariate Apostolic of Zanguebar
23 November 1883ElevatedPrefecture Apostolic of Zanguebar Vicariate Apostolic of Zanguebar
16 November 1887Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Zanguebar Prefecture Apostolic of Southern Zanguebar {Zanguebar Meridionale} (erected)
Vicariate Apostolic of Zanzibar
21 December 1906Name ChangedVicariate Apostolic of Zanguebar Vicariate Apostolic of Zanzibar
Archdiocese of Nairobi
25 March 1953ElevatedVicariate Apostolic of Zanzibar Archdiocese of Nairobi
8 May 1955Territory LostArchdiocese of Nairobi Diocese of Mombasa e Zanzibar (erected)
20 February 1956Territory LostDiocese of Meru
Archdiocese of Nairobi
Prefecture Apostolic of Kitui (erected)
20 October 1959Territory LostDiocese of Kisumu
Archdiocese of Nairobi
Prefecture Apostolic of Ngong (erected)
11 January 1968Territory LostDiocese of Eldoret
Diocese of Kisumu
Archdiocese of Nairobi
Diocese of Nakuru (erected)
29 May 1969Territory LostArchdiocese of Nairobi Diocese of Machakos (erected)


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Vicariate Apostolic of Zanzibar
Archdiocese of Nairobi

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

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