Bishop Salesius Mugambi is the third bishop of Meru Diocese, Kenya. He was born on 1951 and ordained priest on 10 December 1977 in the Catholic Diocese of Meru, Kenya. Appointed Coadjutor bishop of Meru, Kenya on December 2001 and later ordained bishop on 19 March 2002. He took over the Diocese of Meru, Kenya on 18 March 2004.
Bishop Mugambi created the office of small Christian communities in the Diocese of Meru in the year 2013 and appointed Reverend Fr. Lawrence Murori the first Diocesan coordinator in the office of small Christian communities to coordinate the activities of SCCs in the Diocese of Meru, Kenya.
Bishop Mugambi has created several new parishes in his effort to promote evangelization through easy access of pastoral services.
Diocese of Meru has 80 parishes as of 2018 and the administration of these parishes is done by Diocesan and religious priests. His support to the office of small Christian communities is immense so as to promote involvement of the laity in the parish leadership and organization.
During his formal opening of the SCCs workshop on November, 2016 with the liturgical celebration of the Eucharist, he stated that Small Christian Communities are significantly important in the Catholic Church especially in his Diocese of Meru. With good coordination from their parishes and Diocesan coordinator, they can bring Christians together and become centers of deepening the Word of God and cohesive faith sharing groups that can nurture missionary disciples ready to love and show God’s mercy.
He noted that the central coordination of Small Christian Communities in Meru Diocese would promote the spirit of forming missionary disciples ready to help the church and those at the margins of the society to experience the love and mercy of God. He challenged the Small Christian Communities in the Diocese to remain in communion with their pastors and the universal Church.
He thanked the participants for their attendance and encouraged them to own these groups and make them avenues of sharing the challenges they go through in their Christian life. He also acknowledged the role of SCCs office to serve and strengthen Catholic families in the Diocese of Meru through pastoral programs for families. However, he discouraged the misconception of Small Christian Community as clan-based or social class-based. Rather it should be a neighborhood church from the families.