Joseph Nzioka Kyuli was born on the 5th June, 1986, in the eastern part of Kenya at Machakos Diocese,Misyani parish,Ituusya village.
I come from a Roman catholic family of six sisters and two brothers. My parents introduced me into the Catholic faith and I was baptised at Misyani Catholic church when i was an infant.
Later, I joined the catechism class and received the sacrament of the first holy communion.LaterI was confirmed in the same Church.
The sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation opened a new way for me to participate in different church groups which I admired. Legion of Mary and mass serving were the groups which i joined.
I also realized that being born of such a big family , though we resemble each other , i had a different call that God had planned for me different from my sisters and my brother.
Many people who were dying without knowing God in their lives motivated me to offer my entire life as an offering in order to preach to them the Good News. This was a time in my life that the idea of becoming a priest came about.
In order to update myself on the issue of priesthood I read the Catholic magazine known as The Seed published by Consolata missionaries. Every month various religious groups all over the country would advertise their congregations for the young people who where freely willing to join them.
From the magazine I came across the Congregation of Missionary Oblates of Mary immaculate. After reading the spirituality of the founder, St Eugene de Mazenod, I felt that this was the congregation the Lord was calling me to serve him.
St Eugene had the idea of preaching the Good News to the poor with the many faces. I have known that to be poor is not a matter of not having material things but the people without knowing God are spiritually poor.
I was admitted at Blessed Joseph Gerard postulant house, Meru in 2009. Here I had the opportunity of learning much about Oblate community. I am now in my second year of philosophy at the Consolata institute of philosophy and living at Blessed Joseph Cebula house,Nairobi.
I am happy to be in another Oblate community for this is a precious moment for me to know more deeply from the experienced Oblates who have lived for many years what Oblate life entails. During this time I have stayed in various Oblate communities and have realized that Mother Mary is acknowledged as the the foundress of the Oblates special devotions are attributed to her in the Congregation especially praying the rosary and celebrating her feasts.
I pray to God that he may enable me to respond positively to my call and also imitate the footsteps of St Eugene de Mazenod.