The Kenya Defence Forces Friday held a requiem mass in honour of the late Lieutenant Colonel (Fr) George Makau at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church at the Defence Headquarters in Nairobi.
The mass led by Apostolic Administrator of the Military Ordinariate Colonel (Fr) Benjamin Maswili celebrated their colleague and shared messages of condolences with family and friends, describing the late Lt Col (Fr) Makau as an entertaining, outgoing and fearless priest.
While remembering her friend and colleague, Lieutenant Colonel Jane Wairimu, chaplain of the Anglican church, described him as funny and full of life, a man who would put people in high spirits.
She further said that the deceased priest embraced everyone regardless of religion and was always ready to work whenever called upon and encouraged his fellow service personnel to do the same.
"I had the opportunity to serve with the late Fr. Makau in the then African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in 2021, and he used to put on his full working gear, hold a rifle on one hand and a Bible on the other and went round encouraging soldiers to be courageous in the battlefield," she said.
The late Lt Col (Fr) George Makau was ordained as a priest in March 1994 and joined the military in 2001, where he continued to serve as a priest. He was the first in his discipline as a KDF chaplain to be deployed to Somalia in 2010 under Operation 'Linda Nchi'.
A week before his demise, the late Lt Col (Fr) Makau served a mass at St. Raphael Catholic Church at the Defence Forces Memorial Hospital (DFMH), where he challenged the congregation to seek their true purpose in this world and be humble.
He also talked to the KDF troops leaving for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for a peacekeeping mission, encouraging them to take care of their families, underscoring the importance of writing a Will, and sharing blessings with them.
He will be laid to rest in Katoloni cemetery, Machakos, Eastern Kenya, on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.