Father Masauko laid to rest after emotional ceremony

Politicians that included Malawi’s Vice President Saulosi Chilima and chiefs joined Roman Catholic faithfuls in Limbe Cathedral’s Square on Monday to bid an emotional farewell to Fr Edward Masauko at a funeral that drew thousands mourners to Blantyre Archdiocese.

Tears from family members...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Tears from family members…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

he vice president Chilima, Mrs Mary Chilima and Minister Kalaiti at the funeral ceremony..Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

he vice president Chilima, Mrs Mary Chilima and Minister Kalaiti at the funeral ceremony..Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Vicar General Boniface Tamani represented Arbishop Msusa...Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Vicar General Boniface Tamani represented Arbishop Msusa…Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Archbishop Ziyaye praying for Fr Masauko ...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Archbishop Ziyaye praying for Fr Masauko …Photo Jeromy Kadewere

The Vice President and his wife views the body...Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

The Vice President and his wife views the body…Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Bishop Peter Musikuwa welcomes Malawi Veep Saulos Chilima -Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Bishop Peter Musikuwa welcomes Malawi Veep Saulos Chilima -Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Priests carrying the casket...Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Priests carrying the casket…Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Minister Patricia Kaliati paying her tribute after laying her wreath..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Minister Patricia Kaliati paying her tribute after laying her wreath..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

The Vice President outside the cathedral..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

The Vice President outside the cathedral..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Mourners at Limbe Cathederal...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Mourners at Limbe Cathederal…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Carrying a cross...Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Carrying a cross…Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Part of the mourners at the graveyard- Photo by Jeromy Kadewere

Part of the mourners at the graveyard- Photo by Jeromy Kadewere

Rest in peace Fr Masauko.

Rest in peace Fr Masauko.

Fr Masauko died on Friday afternoon at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital after battling with High Blood Pressure.

There was wailing from Catholics as Fr Masauko’s white casket, was brought out from Limbe Cathedral with fellow priests moving it slowly to the hearse ready for burial at the Cathedrals cemetery.

At exactly 2:15 pm, the body of the late Fr Masauko was lowered into the grave, as Limbe Cathedral Choir members were singing,“ Ndigoneranji m’manda ndekha, Apapa tsalani ngakhale mundikonda Ambuye tsogoleleni ndili ndekha.”

Back in church, in his eulogy, Blantyre Archdiocese Vicar General Fr Boniface Tamani sais:“Today we bury our brother, friend, in the earth as a seed of immortality — our hearts are full of sadness, yet at the same time of joyful hope and profound gratitude.”

He described the late Fr Masauko as a hardworking priest, who also stood for justice.

“He was a hard working priest, who always spoke for the truth. Archbishop Thomas Msusa, who is in Rome is so saddened with this death because it is sad to be losing priests at the time when the Archdiocese needs them most,” said Fr Tamani.

Malawi Vice President Saulosi Chilima, a devout Catholic, also said the State President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika was shocked and saddened with Fr Masauko’s death.

He said Mutharika and the late Fr Masauko were friends and he conveyed his condolence message to the family and the Catholic Church in Malawi.

Also present during the funeral ceremony was minister of Gender Patricia Kaliati, minister of Information Jappie Mhango and other Catholic politicians like State spy master Nicholas Dausi, PPM president Mark Kantsonga, former lawmakers George Mnesa and John Bande.

Presidential Advisor on Religious Apostle Timothy Khoviwa , Anglican Archbishop Brighton Malasa, Bishop Gilford Matonga, Dr Tikhala Chibwana from Malawi Post Corporation also attended the funeral ceremony.

Fr Masauko was born on 1st March 1960 at Likhomo Village, T/A Mkanda in Mulanje district.

He did his primary school at Namphungo before going to Pius XII seminary. In 1978 he went to Kachebere Major Seminary before going to St Peters Major Seminary.

He was ordained as a priest on 21st July 1985 at Limbe Cathedral by the late Archbishop James Chiona.

He served in the following parishes Mendulo, Pius XII and Kachebere seminary as lecture, Masanjala, Bangwe, Neno, Mthawira, Mtepuwa and Lunzu parish.

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20 thoughts on “Father Masauko laid to rest after emotional ceremony”

  1. Sikono mukamwa says:

    Father Sikono mukamwa is going to meet his maker and what will he say to God about children left behind from different women?

  2. najere says:

    Iwe @ Bwande shupiti zako.

  3. Che Ngana says:

    Ambuye Mwapatse Anthu Akufa Chiutsiro Chosatha.Ndipo Kuyera Kosatha Kuwalitse Maso Awo Ause Ndi Mtendere.Amen

  4. mr cool says:

    may his soul rest in peace. now remaining part is ours who are still alive today

  5. Chibanja tv says:

    I will remember him when he stood firm against the passing of third term bill at parliament by the UDF President at Njamba Freedom Park together with Father Boniface Tamani. The bill failed to pass with three votes which were named by him as three heavenly spirits making the universe in the name of father, son and the holy spirit. He was indeed serving God with much dedication may his soul rest in peace till we meet again.

  6. Renegade says:

    It is sad indeed to lose such religious gem in the society which is bedevilled with alot of ills. The society that sees evil people riding high on the back of the innocent people. Evil people that that go to extent of sleeping with their sisters as rituals for power, authority and wealth. Evil people that only see themselves as important, necessary to live and others to survive. I talk to evil that is in politicians, in lay people.
    May his soul rest in peace

  7. Mulhomwe Wankulu says:

    No 4, your name is Bwande, watch your tongue otherwise you’ll be ashamed 1 day. Next time, don’t say i didn’t warn you. May the SOUL of our beloved Priest rest in eternal peace!!! Amen.

  8. Alungwana says:

    Did Chilima go there as a vice president or as a member of the Catholic church? Im asking becoz recently there was a funeral of a great statesman and hero Nga Ntafu but the OPC and OVPC didnt show off. Unless the DPP wishes to buy sympathy from the RC

  9. nzungu wa nzeru says:

    may my teacher and friend rest in peace.

  10. diego says:

    Abale some comments -religion is by choice so is dressing, RIP out priest!!!

  11. Zakeyo says:

    A Kaliati!!! Ministry of Disabilities imakukhalani sure!!!

  12. christopher mchenga says:

    Very sad. …may ur soul rest in peace

  13. Dausi ndi msaka anapha njaunju pano akulimbana kupha ralph, awulula ndi aku chichiri prison , but why going back to old politic,what wrong did njaunju did? Dausi and msaka mukuononga mbiri ya chipani chathu

  14. Amos jumbe says:

    Rest in peace father.

  15. CHALO ICHI TCHITEREZI says:

    Indeed church regrets for lossing priest at time they are needed most.Rest in eternal peace

  16. wakukaya uyo says:

    Lets in peace

  17. Bwande says:

    Koma akatolika mumakokomeza zinthu. Pena zimachita kukhala ngati kuti munthuyotu adzuka. Anyway, I understand it’s all about maintaining some relevance. That’s why many are bound in the chain of religion. Because of the way you handle funeral ceremonies. Misa ya maliro mpaka katatu

  18. Char Less says:

    May His Soul Rest In Peace

  19. The Analyst says:

    Tsono mayi Chilima, magalasiwa? u celebrity? Pa malirotu palibe zimenezi!

    If a person calls us for his/her attention we look at them in the eye, right? Munthutu ndi mmaso! From what are you hiding coz palibepo dzuwatu apa mwakhalapa iai.

    Kapena you have been inspired by He Majesty Beautify Malawi coz nawonsotu anayamba kuvala magalasi!

    Let us not lose what we are for what we are not!

  20. CHINJOKA says:

    Very sad our priest

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