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Archbishop Anthony Muheria Biography: The Opus Dei Member Who Quit Engineering For Priesthood

Anthony Muheria is the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nyeri. He is known for making bold statements and for his stern stand on corruption. He grabbed the nation’s attention during the State funeral of the former late president Mwai Kibaki.

Allan Makana, a man claiming to be Kibaki’s grandson, was about to disrupt the ceremony by walking to the podium and trying to address the gathering. The Archbishop expertly handled the situation by embracing him and then calmly moving him away from the podium while giving security personnel ample time to take charge.

His actions would attract the attention of Kenyans on social media who would go on to praise the way he handled the situation. 

The Archbishop was held in high esteem by Kibaki and it did not come as a surprise when he was given the honour of performing the final rites of Kenya’s third president.

Here is his story as told by WoK.

Background and Education 

Archbishop Anthony Muheria was born on the 27th of May 1963 in Kiburugi parish in Murang’a county. He is the third born in a family of eight children. His brother Patrick Njoroge-who is the second born in the family-is the current Central Bank of Kenya governor. 

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The Archbishop attended Mang’u High School for his O-level and then proceeded to Strathmore College for the A levels.   

After high school, the man of the cloth pursued a degree in engineering at the University of Nairobi, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil engineering in 1984.  

Career and becoming a priest 

Date Age Event Title
27 May 1963 58.92 Born
13 Jun 1993 30.0 Ordained Priest Priest of Opus Dei
30 Oct 2003 40.4 Appointed Bishop of Embu, Kenya
10 Jan 2004 40.6 Ordained Bishop Bishop of Embu, Kenya
28 Jun 2008 45.0 Appointed Bishop of Kitui, Kenya
28 Jun 2008 45.0 Appointed Apostolic Administrator of Embu, Kenya
25 Jul 2009 46.1 Ceased Apostolic Administrator of Embu, Kenya
21 Feb 2015 51.7 Appointed Apostolic Administrator of Machakos, Kenya
23 Apr 2017 53.9 Appointed Archbishop of Nyeri, Kenya
23 Apr 2017 53.9 Appointed Apostolic Administrator of Kitui, Kenya
17 Jun 2017 54.0 Installed Archbishop of Nyeri, Kenya
25 Aug 2018 55.2 Ceased Apostolic Administrator of Machakos, Kenya
29 Aug 2020 57.2 Ceased Apostolic Administrator of Kitui, Kenya


He would go on to secure a job as an engineer where he worked for five years, from 1984 to 1989 before calling it quits in order to respond to the call of God over his life. He would then attend the Pontifical University of The Holy Cross in Rome where he graduated with a Theology degree in 1993.

“I worked from 1984 up to mid 1989 when I answered my second call that is a story that the papers carried during my ordination. I think it is also good to focus on a person’s calling and this has nothing to do with an individual’s qualifications in terms of degrees,” he told the Standard in a previous interview.

The story was so intriguing that a number of dailies spread the news during his ordination on 13th June 1993.

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The engineer cum bishop served as an Opus Dei priest until 30th October 2003. He was then consecrated on 10th January 2004 by Giovanni Tonucci. 

“I think it is also good to focus on a person’s calling and this has nothing to do with an individual’s qualifications in terms of degrees,” he told The Standard in a previous interview. 

On 28th June 2008, he was appointed bishop of Kitui Diocese and apostolic administrator over Embu Diocese. His duties in the latter role stopped on 25th August 2018. 

In 2011, Archbishop Anthony Muheria resigned as a member of the Judicial Service Commission. He said it was a matter of principle. The job required time, energy and mind which he could not give due to his role as bishop. 

He was appointed Archbishop of Nyeri Archdiocese in 2017 and also became apostolic administrator of Kitui Diocese until 29th August 2020.

Apart from being a bishop, he is a member of Opus Dei, a Catholic church organization