The Archdiocese of Blantyre of the Catholic Church on Saturday ordained three deacons to priesthood and five brothers to deacons at a colourful ceremony which took place at Limbe Cathedral in Blantyre.
The three deacons, Moffat Saimoni from Mnthawira Parish, Mark Gova from Chilomoni Parish and one spiritan Patrick Kachoka have been ordained priests, while five brothers of spiritans namely, Damiano Gabriel, Edward Tembo, James Balala, William Kalande and Lucius Zuze were ordained as deacons.
Presiding over the ceremony, Archbishop Thomas Msusa, said it was significant day for the Church and.described the ordination of the three 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.
“We are praying for each of them and I know that each of the communities in which they will serve will warmly welcome them and their families at the start of their public ministries,” he said.
His Grace also asked them to adhere to the teachings of the Roman 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 Archdiocese has 40 parishes and 79 priests.
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 three priests and five deacons took their vows as priests and promised to remain faithful and obedient to the Archbishop.
The ordination ceremony was attended by Blantyre City Mayore Noel Chalamanda,who is an ex-Seminarian, former cabinet minister John Bande, politician John Chisi.
In his final speech, the Archbishop announced to the gathering that after further consultations, the ordained priests have been allocated to the various parishes.
For instance, Fr Moffat Saimoni is going to Namulenga Parish, while Fr Mark Gova is going to St Pius XII Seminary.
It was also revealed during the ordination ceremony that Blantyre Archdiocese has established a secondary school, which will be called ‘James Chiona Boys High School.
The High School will be located at the former premises of Montfort Press.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :