Nation journalist quits, set to become Priest

Priesthood calling!

Nation journalist quits, set to become Priest

Nation Media Group reporter Vincent Opiyo has called it quits from the Aga Khan owned media house.

In an announcement he made on his last article with the media house on Sunday, Opiyo said that he was going to fulfill his dream of becoming a priest.

He said that was going to pursue priesthood through the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) after he failed in his first attempt to join the brotherhood.

I was going through the candidacy programme with the Jesuits. Unfortunately, I wasn’t accepted to join the novitiate (the period of being a novice, in a religious order) in May 2011. Instead, I was advised to continue “discerning”. I was frustrated because I felt my dream had been shattered, and my father was so dejected by the news that he cut communication with me for months,” said Vincent Opiyo.

However, after many years of working as a Journalist, Opiyo said that he had finally decided to go back to what he wanted to do, from as early as when he was 12 years old.

Just one year and a half ago, the desire started burning in me about priesthood. I am happy working in a busy newsroom but I felt I would serve humanity better as a priest. This is when I reached out to Fr Terry Charlton, SJ, who was the Jesuit vocation promoter on my initial unsuccessful attempt, to inquire if I could be given a second chance to aspire with the congregation,” he said.

As I exit the media industry, I thank everyone who has journeyed with me for the past six and a half years,” he added in his last report on Daily Nation.

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