Fr Francis Thumbi
FR. FRANCIS THUMBI
Fr. Thumbi is the 2nd child of thirteen with 7 surviving brothers and 3 sisters. He was born in Kenya, but he spent a part of his childhood in the neighboring country of Tanzania. Feeling called to the priesthood he joined St. Peter's junior Seminary in Kakamega in western Kenya. After completing his junior seminary, he proceeded for Priestly studies and attended St. Augustine Major Seminary studying philosophy, at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Nairobi for Theological Studies.
He was ordained Dec. 5, 1987. His first assignment was as a Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph's Pro-Cathedral in Ngong, Kenya. While serving at the Cathedral, he was assigned another role as a Diocesan Youth Chaplain and Coordinator. After completing three years of service at the Cathedral, his bishop appointed him as his Secretary and Personal Assistant. In 1994, he was appointed as Pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Parish in Kiserian and also as the Bishop's Vicar for Relgious. After rendering his service for a number of years, his bishop sent him for further studies in Vienna Austria. While there, he served as a Parochial Vicar at Holy Family Parish for three years. He received a Master's Degree in Pastoral Theology from the State University of Vienna. In preparation for his doctoral studies, his bishop named him as Pastor at St. Luke's Parish in Oloitokitok, Kenya: where he served for three years, after which, his bishop sent him back to work in the Archdiocese of Vienna at the request of the Archbishop. While there he assisted at St. Stephen's Cathedral and later at two other parishes as Priest Administrator (Pastor). Among them was Laxenburg which was the former summer residence of the Emperor. He then assisted in the Parish of St. Francis in Caen, France. In December 2003, Fr. Thumbi was sent to work in the diocese of Hexham and New Castle in the UK and served as Priest Administrator (Pastor) of St. Hilda's Parish. He returned to Kenya and was appointed Pastor of St. Mark in Lemek in the famous Maasai Mara National Game Reserve until 2007.
His bishop then requested that he move to America and serve in the Archdiocese of Seattle, and help to liaise and coordinate Mission Appeals for his diocese back home in Kenya. He served as a Parochial Vicar at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Everett and St. John Mission in Mukilteo for two years. He became the Priest Administrator at St. Thomas More in July 2010.