DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT – Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo, SJ

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Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa (JHIA) would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and the Jesuits Eastern Africa fraternity following the sudden and brutal death of a humble man of God Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo, SJ. Fr Victor-Luke, as he was commonly known, was killed during the early morning (around 2.00 am) of Thursday 15th November 2018 when unidentified goons attacked the Daniel Comboni Jesuit Residence in the Cueibet where he lived. Four of the other Jesuits in the community at that time had already gone to sleep. The late Victor-Luke Odhiambo, SJ was in the TV room when the goons attacked. When the rest of the companions heard gunshots and noise, they pressed the alarm and the assassins ran away – unfortunately, Victor-Luke was already dead!!

The motive behind the killing is not established yet either are the killers identified. Security personnel came to the residence and patrolled the place and took control of the situation. The body has been moved from Cueibet to Rumbek for preservation at a hospital; there is no mortuary facility in Ceuibet. Three of his companions – Frs. Kizito Busobozi, Omondi Bernard, Cyriac Malasi (who was visiting), and Scholastic Paschal Isimwamu – are still in Cueibet; only one companion went with the body to Rumbek. They are all in shock! The burial will be held this day (the 19th day of September 2018) in Rumbek.  

At the time of his death, Fr. Victor-Luke Odhiambo was the principal of Mazzolari Teachers College in Cueibet and acting Superior of the Community since January 30, 2017. He had worked in South Sudan for approximately 10 years before this incident. Fr. Odhiambo was the first Kenyan to become a Jesuit. Born on 20th January 1956, entered the Society on 4th July 1978, and was ordained a priest on 22nd August 1987. He took his final vows on 30th May 1993.

++ Condolence Note ++

No one can prepare you for a loss; it comes like a swift wind. However, take comfort in knowing that he is now resting in the arms of our Lord. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.