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Employment History

Missionary Priest

Consolata Shrine


Consolata Seminary


Consolata Seminary


Consolata Seminary


Consolata Institute of Philosophy


Consolata Institute of Philosophy


Consolata Institute of Philosophy

Consolata Missionary


Consolata Shrine


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THOSE who knew Fr. Giuseppe Bertaina, the Consolata missionary priest who was killed in his office on Friday 16th January 2009, were, to say the least, profoundly shocked.
I say this as a former student of Fr. Bertaina at Consolata Seminary, Nairobi. Fr. Bertaina was also an astute administrator. He successfully saw the building of the new ultra-modern Institute of Philosophy situated within Consolata Seminary in 1996. He consequently moved in to be the new institute's administrator. This is what he did until his sad demise at the hands of heartless thugs. Before moving over to the new Institute of Philosophy, he also doubled up as the rector of Consolata Seminary, a different entity from the institute but within the same compund. As the rector of the seminary, he made sure that all seminarians strictly followed the laid out rules. I have heard many people wonder how people survive in the seminary with such strict rules. However, strict as the rules were, Fr. Bertaina enforced them with a human face. I have yet to meet any former seminarian who would claim to have been unfairly treated by Fr. Bertaina. He was firm. He would not even hesitate to expel any seminarian who went beyond what he could tolerate and the rules would allow. But believe me, under him, expulsions were quite few. Even when one opted to leave voluntarily the seminary, he would get good guidance from Fr. Bertaina. Some were also sponsored by him to pursue their studies elsewhere. Wasn't this a wonderful priest? Fr. Bertaina was also never lacking in humour. He always had the right jokes for the right moment. He always made fun of his slightly hoarse voice terming it as the most beautiful voice. We all laughed. He also had a good grip of local and international affairs. As the avid reader he was, he made sure to read any new book on any subject that was added into the seminary library. I specifically remember him assisting me to get reference books when I was stuck researching on the Einstein notion of black holes. He in fact knew the exact location of the books in the library; he took me there. Outside the seminary, Fr. Bertaina also ministered to prisoners especially at Lang'ata prison. He seemed to love this part of his ministry. I believe many convicts became better citizens because of him. This humble man of God is, to us present and former seminarians, religious priests and brothers, what Geoffrey Griffin was to all who went through Starehe Boys Centre. Many might not know, but I can authoratively reveal now that this country has many prominent people who passed through the hands of Fr. Bertaina; from bishops, priests, university lecturers, human rights activists, and teachers just to mention but a few. In fact, a well-known journalist and lecturer, Kodi Berth, is a product of Fr. Bertaina. The priest had a mission to bring positive change in our country. His mission has been cut short by his killers. Despite his advanced age, he had the stamina to press on.


Kenya: The brutal murder of Fr. Giuseppe Bertaina
The students and staff of Consolata Institute of Philosophy in Nairobi- Kenya were plunged into sudden mourning on Friday, January 16 when Fr. Giuseppe Bertaina -the financial administrator of the institution was brutally murdered by three un armed people in his office in broad daylight. His body was found in his office shortly after 11 am. His legs and hands were fastened with rope and polythene papers stuffed in his mouth, which was sealed with adhesive tape. There were blood stains on the floor and he had injuries to the mouth. The police said initial investigations showed Fr. Bertaina was strangled. A former student who had come to pick his academic transcript was the first to discover the killing . He was waiting outside Fr. Bertaina's office when two men and a woman burst out. Upon entering the office, he found the body of 81 year old priest on the floor. He alerted the watchman who seized the woman but her complices escaped. The body of Fr. Bertaina was taken to Lee Funeral Home and arrangements for his funeral will be announced later. Fr Bertaina was born in 1927 in Cuneo in Italy. He took his perpetual vows in 1950 and was ordained in 1951 He has worked in Kenya for more than 40 years especially in institutions of learning in Meru Murang'a, Nairobi, and Embu. He was the founder of the new Institute and has worked there in various capacities as Rector and as its administrator since 2005.

Catholic Information Service for Africa

NAIROBI, January 20, 2009 (CISA) -The veteran Consolata missionary Fr Giuseppe Bertaina who was killed by thugs last Friday will be buried in Nyeri in central Kenya next week.
The Consolata Missionaries Regional House in Nairobi said there will be a requiem mass at Consolata Shrine Parish Westlands in the city at 2.30 pm followed by another 6.00 pm mass and night vigil at Consolata Institute of Philosophy in Langata. There will be a funeral mass at Sagana Parish in Murang'a on Friday starting 10.00 am and thereafter the burial at Mathari cemetery in Nyeri. The Regional House said Fr Bertaina will be remembered as a father and educator of many young people at Nkubu Secondary School (Meru), St Paul's High School Kevote (Embu), Siakago Secondary School (Embu), Sagana Technical Training Institute (Murang'a), Consolata Seminary and Consolata Institute of Philosophy (Nairobi). Meanwhile, police are pursuing Fr Bertaina's killers.


On the morning of 16th January 2009, Fr Giuseppe Bertaina, rector and administrator of the Consolata Institute of Philosophy in Langata, Nairobi, was killed in his office during a robbery.


Father Giuseppe Bertaina, an 81 year-old Consolata missionary, was beaten and killed by intruders in his office on Friday morning this morning in Langata at the Consolata Institute of Philosophy where he was the Rector and administrator.
Born on October 3, 1927 in Madonna dell'Olmo, in the northern Italian Cuneo province, Fr Bertaina was ordained a priest in 1951 and worked in Kenya for more than 50 years, during which time he taught generations of students, especially among the Kikuyu people.

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