5 ordained as Catholic priests in Blantyre Archdiocese

The Archdiocese of Blantyre of the Catholic Church on Saturday ordained five deacons to priesthood at a colourful ceremony which took place at Limbe Cathedral in Blantyre.

Archbishop Msusa blessing one of the ordained priests....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Archbishop Msusa blessing one of the ordained priests….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Gifts all the way....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Gifts all the way….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Priests walking in a role ready for the mass.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Priests walking in a role ready for the mass…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Mass in progress during perekani time....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Mass in progress during perekani time….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Spiritual dancing ..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Spiritual dancing ..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

The ordained priests blessing their parents....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

The ordained priests blessing their parents….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

The five, George Chatsira, Clement Mulole, Vincent Mawonga, Alick Mtapala and Cuthbert Mkwezalamba have been ordained as Diocesan priests.

Presiding over the ordination ceremony, Archbishop of the diocese, His Grace, Thomas Msusa, described the ordination of the five priests as a gift to the archdiocese which still requires many more priests.

The Archbishop Msusa called upon the newly ordained priests to dedicate their lives to serving God and make sure that they always preach and follow what they believe.

Msusa also asked them to adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church and stick to their celibacy status.

He said although the Archdiocese had made attempts to increase the number of priests, there were some parishes that lacked priests as some had one only.

Blantyre Archidiocese has 40 parishes.

The Archbishop also wished the newly ordained priests well as they started their new life of priesthood and urged them to be exemplary in their behavior so that their followers should have trust in them.

During the ordination ceremony, the five priests took their vows as priests and promised to remain faithful and obedient to the Archbishop.

The ordination ceremony was attended by several priests, nuns, Brothers, Chiefs, member of parliament from the area Noel Masangwi, PPM President Mark Katsonga, politician John Chisi and retired politician Patrick Mbewe.

In his final speech, the Archbishop announced to the gathering that after further consultations, the ordained priests have been allocated to various parishes.

For instance, Fr. George Chatsira is heading to Nguludi Parish, Fr. Clement Mulole is going to Phalombe Parish, Fr. Vincent Mawonga has been send to Chiringa Parish, Fr. Alick Mtapala will be at Chisitu Parish while Fr. Cuthbert Mkwezalamba is going to Masanjala parish.

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