By Paul Brian
The Late Homa Bay Catholic Diocese Bishop Emeritus Linus Okok Okwach During Mass Celebration
Homa Bay Catholic Diocese Bishop Emeritus Linus Okok Okwach has died aged 67 years.
Bishop Emeritus Okwach died at St Monica Hospital in Kisumu on Saturday 12th September night.
Kisumu Catholic Archbishop Philip Anyolo, who confirmed his death, said the retired bishop died while undergoing treatment for injuries he sustained after he fell.
“Bishop Okok was hospitalised three weeks ago after developing complications due to an accident he had at home. He fell down on his back last year and he has never be able to stand since the accident,” said Archbishop Anyolo.
Bishop Linus Okok Okwach was born on 20th October 1952 in Ojola area in Kisumu County.
He was ordained as a priest on 10th December 1980 at the age of 28 years.
As a priest, the late served in several capacities before being appointed as Catholic Diocese of Homa Bay Bishop on 18th October 1993 at the age of 40 years and then ordained on 31st December 1993 as the Bishop of Homa Bay Diocese a position he held with decorum for 9 years.
On 20th February 2002, Bishop Linus Okok resigned as Homa Bay Diocese bishop due to health issues, he was the succeeded by Bishop Philip Arnold Subira Anyolo who is the current Archbishop of Archdiocese of Kisumu and Chairman of Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB).
Upon his resignation, Bishop Okok continued with his pastoral activities in the country and especially in the Archdiocese of Kisumu where he helped Archbishop Emeritus Zacheus Okoth.
Bishop Linus Okok will be remembered as a dedicated servant of God who supported development and especially Education.
During his tenure as Homa Bay Diocese he supported Education sector so much to an extent of starting several schools including Bishop Linus Okok Girls Secondary School, Bishop Linus Okok Secondary School among others.
Bishop Linus Okok was a charismatic, loving and humble servant of God. May his soul rest in eternal peace.