Bishop Cornelius Kipng’eno arap Korir of the Eldoret Catholic Diocese is dead. He died on Monday morning while being treated at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. The bishop was born in 1950 at Segutiet Bomet District, Kericho Diocese.
He was ordained Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret on June 2, 1990, when the diocese, which then included Kitale, had 50 parishes. Korir was then consecrated as Bishop on June 2, 1990.
Bishop Korir has presided over an unprecedented increase in church membership along with growth in the education and health sectors with the Catholic Church putting up several schools and hospitals in his region.
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He was also a big admirer of the mass media, hence his decision in October, 2013 to found the Upendo FM radio station that broadcasts from his diocesan office on 89.4 FM in the North Rift.
He served in Molo, Kituro and Nakuru before taking up the role of Vocations Director and Episcopal Vicar at the Diocese of Kericho.