St. Anne’s Catholic Parish is in the Catholic Dioceses of Ngong. It is situated at Kibiko area. It is about 4 kilometers westward from Ngong Township on the road to Ewuaso Kidong. Kibiko became a new settlement area in 1970s, when more and more families moved there, at that time, from Ngong. As the number increased and small Christian communities were formed, the priest from Ngong visited regularly.
It happened that, the desire to have a church closer to the community gradually gathered strength and Fr. Sabastian Mroso challenged the Christians to organize themselves and get a land. In actual fact a 2-ecre plot was purchased by the Diocese, as the Christians at that time were unable to raise the necessary amount of money. The Diocese then encouraged the Christians to continue in their responsibility and the local community was generous. With help from the Diocese and the Harambees (local fund raising meetings) progress was made.
There were a series of Harambees before the construction of the church began. The church of St Anne was completed on 11th November 1992 and was officially blessed and opened by Bishop C. Davies. Bishop Emeritus of Ngong. The total cost of the church was Ksh 1.2 million.
Fr. R. Barabara, the parish priest of Ngong at the time continued to strengthen the church and the community became very united and ready to work for its growth.
In 1997, Fr. Firminus Shirima, Apostles of JESUS, took over Ngong parish and began building the catechist’s house in Kibiko. Again the Christians, together with the generous grant from MISSION, were able to build a good catechist house which could serve as priest house on a temporary basis. It was completed on 31st JULY 1998.
In 1997 Kibiko was elevated to the Status of Sub-Parish with Fr. F. Kodonyo and Fr N. Chumu serving it. They were both based in Bishop’s house. On a temporary basis it was possible for priest in Bishop’s house to take charge and run Kibiko, independently of Ngong parish. Since the arrangement could not guaranteed, at the beginning it was considered a temporary arrangement and called a Sub-Parish. As things went on, it was clear that Kibiko had sufficient strength of its own to operate independently on a permanent basis.
In 1999 a water tank with 60,000 liters capacity was constructed for harvesting rain water. At the same time a small hall of mabati was built to serve the purpose of meetings, choir practices, etc.
Fr Francis Mwangi was appointed Father in charge in May 2000 and by that time the parish had its own registers, account books, etc. In 2001, the Christians built a canopy over the front door of the church and also acquired a public address system.
Fr. Nderitu took over in August 2003 and as a first step, Harambee was conducted to enlarge the church, as it could only seat about 450 people and was too small. Therefore the diocese and the Christians agreed that it must be enlarged. Already the plan had been prepared and it’s a question of collecting enough money for the extension, which will probably double the sitting capacity.
Kibiko has active Small Christian Communities (SCC), and has two masses on Sunday. Kibiko bordures on Ngong, Embulbul, and Gicharani (Nairobi) Parishes. The first mass is conducted by the youth.
It was originally intended that the priests working in Bishop’s house should only celebrate Sunday masses. This was extended to pastor work on Sunday afternoon. Soon it became the practice to visit the SCC’s once a week, and to be available to funerals. In that way the work of the priests of Bishop’s house who usually had full time administrative responsibility was now also extended to pastoral activities which, it must be said, was very good for the priests themselves. One can certainly thank GOD for the fruits of this initiative. Whenever there is a celebration, like fund raising and anniversary, the Kibiko community always gathers in a very good spirit , not only to celebrate in the church but also at a social level outside.
The CWA are very active and guarantee the success of any social occasion. The choir is good and stands very well in deanery and diocesan choir festivals. The children and youth are very well looked after and so all in all Kibiko can be said to be a very good and happy parish.
The parish received a boost when the Rosminian Fathers (Institute of Charity) founded a community (1990) near the church. It was a house of studies with Seminarians from different parts of the world. Initially the bonus for the parish was that the priests of the community were able to help over the week-ends, depending on their number. However it is good to report that the relationship developed, such that the Rosminians took over the running of Kibiko. This happened after Ewuaso Kidong became parish which it was the outstation of Ngong parish. Many people were expecting St. Anne Kibiko to become a parish and Ewuaso Kidong to be an out station of St. Anne but things did not work that way. Fr. John Fortune became the first parish priest of Ewuaso Parish 2004 which was formed by seven outstations and St. Anne was one of them.
Fr. John Fortune with the help of Mission Cara and Christians of St. Anne Kibiko built a social hall which was used for different activities by the people in the area without considering their religion.
In July 2013 Kibiko become a parish and it was blessed by the new Bishop John Oballa. Fr. Stanslaus Malisa was appointed to be a new Parish Priest and Brother Stanslaus Alfuani his assistant. The new parish is comprised of Our lady of Gwadalupe-Kimuka and Oloshoibor. The areas which need to become out stations are Encharoch, Holding grounds and St. Veronica on the hill of Ngong. Only Our Lady of Gwadalupe- Kimuka has a simple structure of Iron sheets the rest we do celebrate Mass under a tree. The outstations of Encharoch, holling grounds and St. Veronica on the Hill we have no land, we are in the process to request people of good will to help us because the land is very expensive, not less than $ 81,000 per acre.
The number of Christian is increasing day after day and for now we have around 600 Catholics. The active ones are about 400 hundred. We have eight Small Christian communities and other groups like Catholic Men Association, Catholic Women Association, Children group (PMC), Youth, Christian young workers, Choir, Legion of Mary, Charismatic group and altar servers.