The Institute is named in memory of the late Father Barry Moriarty, C.M. who died in 2017. Fr. Moriarty (commonly known as “Fr. Barry”) spent most of his 50 years of priestly service in formation of those preparing for ministry. He spent 15 of those years serving the Church of Kenya. In 2001, Fr. Barry was the founding Rector and Superior of DePaul Centre where the Institute is located. Moreover, the building housing the Institute (formerly known as Damascus House) was built under Fr. Barry’s personal supervision; many people testify it was Fr. Barry’s favourite building on the DePaul campus, and he worked and lived in that building for many years.
Fr. Barry’s commitment to provide quality initial and continuing formation is evident in the programmes he established and the students and seminarians he served throughout his ministry. Among Fr. Barry’s many contributions to formation in Kenya, the Emmaus Programme at DePaul Centre is a prime example of his leadership and commitment to continuing formation. The Emmaus Programme began nearly twenty years ago during Fr. Barry’s years as Rector and Superior of DePaul Centre. The Emmaus Programme continues today in reaching out to priests throughout Africa in providing quality continuing formation opportunities.
The Moriarty Institute for Continuing Formation (MICOF) aspires to emulate the same commitment and friendly and joy-filled spirit of Father Barry Moriarty who welcomed everyone he encountered. MICOF shall be a place that loves and cares for those who minister and serve others.