Nation Media Group (NMG) sports journalist Vincent Opiyo, has quit his job to pursue Catholic priesthood in Arusha, Tanzania.
Vincent, who has been a journalist for the past six and a half years, revealed this in a very detailed article which he wrote himself on May 16, 2019 on the Sunday Nation Newspaper.
“Just one year and a half ago, the desire started burning in me about priesthood. I am happy working in a busy newsroom but I felt I would serve humanity better as a priest. My desire to be taken by the Jesuits was fulfilled when I received my admission letter to the Novitiate in Arusha on March 30, after going through a year-long rigorous candidacy programme,” Vincent wrote.
“When I shared the desire with my father, he was initially against the move to quit my job but with time, he has responded in the affirmative,” he added.
His interest of being a priest began when he was 12-years when he became an altar boy in his home church, Nangina Catholic church. It then intensified in high school.
“While at the Mukumu-based Minor Seminary — famously known to have bred many priests and bishops over the years — I got attracted to the Jesuits’ way of life having learned of them through their pamphlets in the school library and thereafter meeting one of them, Sylivanus Ambani, at the school. Their unique missions and solid intellectual formation attracted me,” Vincent explained.
About six months after completing his high school, Vincent was selected to enroll in an apostolate programme with the Jesuits. The latter are a Roman Catholic congregation of priests and brothers. Despite his efforts of volunteering at charity organisations, and tutoring vulnerable kids in Kibera, Vincent was not accepted to be a novice in May 2011. “Instead, I was advised to continue “discerning”,” Vincent said.
As a result, Vincent joined the University of Nairobi to pursue Broadcast Journalism in September 2011. However, he dropped out to join the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) due to school fees arrears.
Vincent successfully completed his journalism course and worked at Kenya News Agency, Futaa.com. , soka.co.ke , Mwanaspoti , before joining NMG in January 2017.
While at NMG, Vincent has had a successful career in sports journalism. “I covered the East Africa School Games in Rwanda in 2015, Cecafa Kagame Cup in Tanzania last year, Senior Challenge Cup in 2013 and 2017 as well as the Ugandan league. I have virtually written for all NMG platforms — Daily Nation, Taifa Leo, Mwanaspoti, Nairobi News and Tanzanian papers, The Citizen and Mwananchi apart from being an NTV analyst,” the 29 year old offered.
Other places that Vincent has worked in are Milele FM, Radio Maisha, and Pamoja FM. He has also analysed football on Radio Citizen, Radio Jambo and KTN News.
“After about nine years out, six of which I have been a sports journalist, the desire has not evaporated,” the Nation journalist said.