A Joyous Visit and a Sacred Promise: St. Irene Orthodox Mission Centre & Orphanage Embarks on a New Chapter

In a heartwarming moment of shared joy and anticipation, Archbishop Makarios III graced St. Irene Orthodox Mission Centre & Orphanage. The air was filled with jubilance as the children, exuding excitement, interacted with his eminence. Laughter echoed through the corridors, and the sparkle in the eyes of these youngsters spoke volumes.

A Memorable Encounter


The atmosphere was nothing short of enchanting, with the children’s enthusiasm palpable. Some daring ones even attempted to grasp the archbishop’s esteemed beard, a gesture that added an endearing touch to the occasion. It was a moment etched in the memories of those present, a day where the connection between the spiritual leader and the children of St. Irene felt tangible.

Purposeful Visit

The visit carried significant importance as it marked the initial steps toward a transformative event. Archbishop Makarios III’s presence was not merely a social call; it was in preparation for the consecration of St. Irene’s new church. Set to take place on the 26th of January 2024, this event will be a monumental milestone for the mission centre and orphanage.

A Haven of Worship

The impending consecration signifies more than just the physical presence of a new structure. It symbolizes the establishment of St. Irene Orthodox Church, a sanctuary that will stand as a beacon of hope in the surrounding community. For the children and the neighbors, this new church represents a place of solace, a sacred space to foster spiritual growth and community unity.

A Musical Interlude

During the visit, the archbishop, embracing the spirit of celebration, graciously requested the children to share their musical talents. To the delight of everyone present, the children joyously sang a Kikuyu gospel song, infusing the air with harmonious melodies and further uplifting the spirits of the gathering.

A Beacon of Hope

St. Irene Orthodox Church aims to be more than bricks and mortar; it aspires to be a beacon of hope, radiating positivity and faith in the area. The consecration is not just about inaugurating a building; it is about consecrating a community’s aspirations, dreams, and a shared commitment to spiritual enrichment.

Your Invitation to Participate

As we count down to the historic day of the consecration, we extend an invitation for you to be a part of this transformative journey. Your support can play a pivotal role in ensuring that St. Irene Orthodox Church becomes a lasting symbol of hope and unity. Whether through financial contributions, volunteering, or spreading the word, every gesture counts.


The visit of Archbishop Makarios III was more than a prelude to an event; it was a moment of shared joy, musical celebration, and hope. As St. Irene Orthodox Mission Centre & Orphanage prepares for the consecration of its new church, the anticipation is met with a sense of purpose and communal spirit. Together, let us contribute to this significant chapter and help build a sanctuary that will echo with prayers, laughter, and the shared dreams of a brighter future.