Richard Oduor is a native of western Kenya. Following high school, he was a Trappist monk for three years in Kenya, before departing to discerning God’s call to the priesthood. It was after serving as a lay volunteer in the secretariat of the Emeritus Bishop in Kurin, he shared his desire to be a priest with the Bishop of the Diocese of Torit, was accepted and sent to begin his Philosophy studies at the national seminary in Khartoum, Sudan. Due to operational problems, the seminary closed for two years, during which time Richard got involved in parish pastoral ministry. It was through the efforts of Bishop Akio Johnson Mutek that Richard became aware of Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary. Richard has served as a catechist and teacher of Religion and Faith Formation, and as a volunteer at the Peace Village in Kuron in the then-Sudan.
“I can categorically specify that my decision to give a very special consideration to the vocation to priesthood was much influenced by the pastoral zeal that the Mill Hill missionaries in charge of our local parish displayed in their ministry. As a small boy at the time of their ministry in our parish, I used to attend mass every Friday with my Mum and Grandma at a nearby school where they offered pastoral programs for the pupils. This was the beginning of my desire for priesthood that I have tried to follow through some hard times.”