The Catholic Diocese of Murang’a was erected on March 17 1983 by His Holiness Pope John Paul II during the 5th year of his Pontificate. It was curved from the then Diocese of Nyeri (now Archdiocese). Rt. Rev. Peter Kairo was appointed the first Bishop of Murang’a. He was later transferred to Nakuru Diocese. The Consolata Missionaries introduced Christianity to this region in 1902 in Tuthu Parish, which now lies under Murang’a Diocese. The total area covered by the Diocese is 4016 km2. The Diocese lies 90 Km North of Nairobi City of Kenya.
The Diocese covers 2 Administrative Counties namely Kirinyaga and Murang’a Counties.
The Total Population of the Diocese stands at 2 Million. Of these, 800,000 are Catholics. The others follow different Faiths such as Muslims, Protestant, and some Traditional Religions.
The Diocese has undergone leadership transitions of the following: From 1983 to 1997, Rt. Rev. Peter Kairo who served the Diocese for 14 years. He was succeeded by Very Rev. Fr. William Kamau as the Diocesan Administrator, who served from 1997 – 1999. Rt. Rev. Peter Kihara, a Consolata Missionary was appointed and consecrated Bishop of Murang’a on 11th September 1999. He served the Diocese diligently for seven (7) years and then he was transferred to Marsabit Diocese. After the transfer the Bishop Kihara was succeeded by His Eminence John Cardinal Njue in the capacity of the Apostolic Administrator until June 2009. At the moment the Diocese is under the leadership of His Lordship Bishop James Maria Wainaina Kung’u who was consecrated on 27th June 2009 as the Bishop of Murang’a.