Roman Catholic Diocese of Garissa

The Diocese of Garissa (Latin: Dioecesis Garissaensis ) is located in Kenya Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. Seat of the diocese is Garissa, capital of the North -Eastern Province.


Already in the 16th century Portuguese Augustinians built a mission station at Faza on Pate, an island of the Lamu archipelago on the north coast of Kenya. The Consolata Missionaries engaged in 1968 from its mission in Meru in today's diocesan territory and established bases in Mandera Wajir and. From 1973, the Capuchins were settled in the Maltese Province of the Order.

The present Diocese of Garissa was on 9 December 1976 by ​​Pope Paul VI. formed out of territory of the Diocese of Meru and the then Diocese of Mombasa out as Apostolic Prefecture. On February 3, 1984, the foundation of the diocese by Pope John Paul II took place on 2 June 2000, founded by cessions of territory of the Diocese of Garissa and the Archdiocese of Mombasa, the Diocese of Malindi.

The Diocese of Garissa is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Mombasa.


  • Leo White, OFM Cap, Prefect 1976-1984
  • Paul Darmanin, OFM Cap, bishop since 1984