Kabati Parish is one of the 6 parishes in the central Deanery of the diocese of Kitui. Other parishes are Mulutu, Muthale Mutune, Boma (cathedral) and Mbitini. It was established in 1981.
The parish has an estimated population of 100,000 people, whereby, 25% of this populace is Catholics.
The church groups in the parish are active, main ones being: Catholic Women Association, Catholic Men Association, Youth (including Young Christian Students (YCS). In fact, the parish won the Diocesan Music Festivals Executive cup in August, 2008. It has been the best in the diocese for the send time in a row.
The Parish is situated in Northern Deanery 115kms from Kitui and on the High to Garissa 35kms form Mwingi town. It was begun in 1986 by St.Patricks` Priest Fr Dennis Onel. Being the first Priest to work in the Parish. It was curved from Mwingi Parish.
Now the Parish is headed by Rev. Fr. Joseph Nzelu.
The first majority of the Christians are non Catholic hence the Catholics only composes of a quarter of the number of Christians in the area.
The Parish is dedicated under the Patronage of St.Patrick.
The parish has 15 outstations with the furthest station being approximately 50Km from the parish centre. The number of Baptised Christians as per Register 2010 is 1525
The parish has the following active Church arms: C.W.A, Justice and Peace Commission, Parish Council, Finance Council, Youth Group, PMC, CMA, Altar Servers, Sunday school.
CATECHISTS 2 Trained (Diocesan Training)
12 Non Trained
Most of the people Christians in the area keep cattle though there is sometimes of drought whereby they all die. When we get some rains which is not determined and enough they grow crops like millet,sorghum,cow peas for their sustenance but not in large scale.
St. Patricks` Mixed Boarding Primary School/NGUNI - (69 pupils)
Goat and Sheep????????????..?....PARISH PROJECT
HOME CARE BRANCH FROM MWINNGI ?take care of PLWA and the ORPHANS
Fr. Nzelu Mwinzi? Ordained 1999
Fr. David Kitili - Ordained 2000
PROJECTS IN PLANS TO BE UNDERTAKEN
1. To relocate the St. Patricks` Primary School for currently its using Mission Centre.
2. To build a better, modern and big enough Church for the Current one very Small.
It is the furthest parish to the north of Kitui diocese, approximately 150km from Kitui town, and 58km from Mwingi town. From East to west of the parish is cross section of 70km; this is from Mugoo River in the East to Tana River to the west.
Bordering parishes are:- East: Kyuso Parish; South: Kamuw?ongo Parish; West: Ishiara Parish (In Embu Diocese); North: Materi Parish (In Meru Diocese)
Kimangao parish is the only parish in the entire diocese that serves two different ethnic communities; Kamba (majority) and Tharaka (minority). The Tharaka people are on the far west of the parish along River Tana. We have four outstations among Tharaka community. The priest says Mass in Kamba Language to Tharaka (who understand the language). The diocese has started translating Mass format into Tharaka language for convenience. However it will take translate the entire liturgy in to Tharaka Language.
Mutito Parish is in the Eastern deanery of the Catholic Diocese of Kitui, and was started in 1966. It is 70 Kilometers (43.75 miles) east of Kitui Town. . It borders Nuu Parish in the North East, Miambani parish to the west, Zombe and Endau in the South East, and Garissa Diocese to the East
It has 26 outstations, with the farthest (from Parish Mission house being 38 kilometers (23.75 miles). The Parish Priest is Rev. Fr. Nicodemus Muithi.
Though the government has tried to reach out to the people in provision of affordable health services, majority here are yet to benefit. This is one of the areas where health units are very far from the people, especially in the interior. Mission dispensary run by the Servant of Mary (SMG) Sisters at Mutito has come in handy to save very many health cases.
In a bid to alleviate living challenges faced by the locals here there are some projects initiated by the church. These include a health dispensary and a girl?s vocational training centre, both based at the Mission centre.