Brief History

Beginning of All Saints’ Cathedral Diocese

The creation of All Saints’ Cathedral Diocese was a matter of protracted debate between the former Nairobi Diocese and the Provincial Synod. The Provincial Synod of July 2000 passed the following resolution:-

That Nairobi Diocese be divided to create two Dioceses i.e. Nairobi Diocese and an Archdiocese, which will be under the Archbishop in consultation with the Diocese of Nairobi in accordance with min1/SPS/98, 2.4 recorded in special Synod held on 22nd and 23rd January 1998 that read:
“That the Archbishop would have as his Diocese, the All saints Cathedral Church in Nairobi and such parts of the environment thereof as may be designated by the Province in consultation with the Diocese of Nairobi.”

This Provincial resolution was brought to the 25th Ordinary Session of the Nairobi Diocesan Synod held on the 7th and 8th December 2000 for debate. After that, the motion was passed to accept in principle, the sub-division of the Diocese of Nairobi in accordance with the Provincial Constitution Canon 1. The motion read:

“That this 25th ordinary session of the Diocese of Nairobi sitting at All Saints Cathedral Church hall today, 7thDecember 2000 hereby resolves that the Diocese shall in Principle be divided in accordance with the Provincial Constitution Canon 1, to curve a small See around the All Saints Cathedral Church for the Archbishop, and that the residual Diocese of Nairobi shall elect its own Bishop by 1st July 2002.”

Consequent upon the above motion, a resolution for the election of a commission was passed thus:
“That this 25th Ordinary Session of the Diocese of Nairobi sitting at the All Saints Cathedral Church hall resolves to elect 10 commissioners to seek views from Nairobi Anglican Christians on the sub-division of the Diocese and report before May 2001.”

Among the terms of reference, the Commission was expected to give a detailed justification for the proposed division of the diocese of Nairobi by showing that Canon 1(b) has been fulfilled i.e. by providing all such information as shall be requisite clearly show that the proposed change is necessary, that substantial spiritual benefits and administrative or financial advantages may reasonably be expected to accrue therefrom and in case of any change involving the division of a diocese or reduction in its territorial limits, that each of the proposed new Diocese or (as the case may be) the residual Diocese will be Spiritually, Administratively and Financially viable.

It is in the light of the foregoing that the Diocese of All Saints’ Cathedral was created with effect from 1st September 2002.

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