On Friday, November 8, the University held the annual Cardinal Otunga Memorial Mass, Public Lecture and Scholarship Fundraising at LRC, Auditorium under the theme,”Positive Change, Human Dignity and Ethical Justice: Lessons from SoG Maurice Cardinal Otunga”.
The Memorial mass was celebrated by Very Rev. Prof. Stephen Mbugua, the Vice Chancellor, on behalf of His Eminence John Cardinal Njue, Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi who could not make it. During his homily, the VC encouraged the congregation to give all that they can to the needy and challenged them to pay it forward by saving at least one soul and they would then be the reflection of Christ and shine His light.
The Mass was followed by a panel discussion on the theme of the day, led by Fr. Simon Ng’ang’a, Procurator of Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi, Fr. Celestino Bundi, KCCB and Hon. George Muhoho, formerly of Kenya Airports Authority (KAA). The presenters outlined the lessons learnt from Cardinal Otunga, which included humility, furtherance of education, love that transforms, greater defender of the institution of the family, among others
The Scholarship Chief Fundraiser, H.E Hon. Francis Kimemia, Governor, County Government of Nyandarua during his speech mentioned tha he vividly remembered Cardinal Otunga when he visited their parish when he was a young man. He said that he commemorates him when he visits the resurrection gardens in Karen where he loves going to pray the rosary. He also advised the Vice Chancellor and all the leaders of the university to have a strategic direction, build the institution and create a new organizational culture and values.
Over 3.4 million shillings was raised with the Governor’s personal Contribution of 300,000 shillings to be followed by an annual contribution of 720,000 shs for three years to cover the fees and accommodation costs for at least four students per semester.
The University launched the Cardinal Otunga Memorial Mass, Lecture and Scholarship Fund Programme on 29th Septermber 2005. This is an initiative to honour and remember the work of one of our founding Father and Trustee, Maurice Cardinal Otunga, who played a key role in the establishment of the University.
Since its established in 2005, the Cardinal Otunga Scholarship Fund has benefited close to 300 Students coming from needy backgrounds and it is the aim of the University to continue with the same and also to grow the fund to support many more students.