Kachebere Seminary in Platinum Jubilee Celebrations: Chilima commends Catholic for improving Malawi education sector

Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima has commended the role the Catholic Church plays in fostering national development and improving the education sector in the country through the Kachebere Major Seminary in Mchinji.

Chilima with Archbishop Julio Murat, the Apostolic Nuncio to Malawi and Zambia

Chilima with Archbishop Julio Murat, the Apostolic Nuncio to Malawi and Zambia

Chilima speaking at Kachebere

Chilima speaking at Kachebere

Chilima presents a gift to the clergy

Chilima presents a gift to the clergy

Malawi Vice President Chilima greeting opposiiton leader Chakwera

Malawi Vice President Chilima greeting opposiiton leader Chakwera

Chilima at the Kachebere celebrations

Chilima at the Kachebere celebrations

Catholic clerics outisde the Kachebere Major Seminary...Photo courtesy of Fr Steven Likhutcha.

Catholic clerics outisde the Kachebere Major Seminary…Photo courtesy of Fr Steven Likhutcha.

Chilima made the remarks in Mchinji on Saturday when he attended the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of the St Anthony Kachebere Major seminary.

“I am aware that besides the priestly formation, the seminary also offers human formation in terms of education thereby contributing towards government’s efforts to improve the sector,” said Chilima.

The Vice President said throughout the 75 years, Kachebere Major Seminary has been an institution where young people have been formed and prepared for priestly ministry, thereby greatly contributing to the consolidation and expansion of the Catholic Church across the country.

He said government fully appreciates and commends the efforts made by various religious institutions in this country in complementing government’s efforts in the social economic development of the nation.

“It is my plea that both government and religious institutions should continue co-existing so that together we can develop the country for the generations to come. As a government, we will continue being a true partner to the Catholic Church and all faith communities in the country,” he added.

The Vice President then urged people in the country to find ways of reducing population growth and preventing environmental degradation which he said is negatively affecting the country’s resources.

“We cannot further the country when the population keeps growing at an alarming rate, the population growth will result into more people cutting trees hence affecting climate change resulting into dry rivers and pressure on the country’s resources,” he said.

He then called on traditional, religious and political leaders to spread awareness messages on the effects of rapid population growth and environmental degradation.

Speaking during the same function Archbishop Julio Murat, the Apostolic Nuncio to Malawi and Zambia commended the government for the support it renders to the church.

He called on the seminarians to showcase good behaviour saying being a priest is about showcasing the faith through good deeds.

The commemoration was attended by a cross section of people who included the Leader of opposition, Dr Lazarus Chakwera,

The Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya, Members of Parliament, government officials, traditional and other religious leaders.

President Mutharika donated K500,000 to Kachebere Major Seminary to assist in the operations of the institution.

The commemoration of the seminary was organised by the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) dubbed Kachebere Major Seminary 75 years Platinum Jubilee which the Catholic Church organised to among others sensitise the laity to take responsibility in supporting the Seminary.

Perched on the eastern foot of insignificant Kalulu Mountain in Mchinji District, 100 kilometres away from the Capital, Lilongwe and 25 kilometres away from Chipata town, Zambia, the gothic style architecture Kachebere Major Seminary opened its doors for future priests training on 10th October 1939.

The seminary is however facing financial crisis due to cutting of funds by 15 percent by Catholic Headquarters, Rome.

Today, the Seminary boasts of notable names of priests that went through the corridors of Kachebere. They include Zambia’s late Cardinal Medardo Mazombwe, ex-Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, late Archbishop Mutare, late Bishop Potani, late Bishop Spaita, Malawi’s late Archbishop James Chiona, late Bishop Patrick Kalilombe of Missionaries of Africa and late Bishop Felix Mkhori.

Others are Archbishop Tarcizius Ziyaye, Archbishop Tomas Luka Msusa, Bishop Peter Musikuwa, Late Bishop Joseph Mucasa Zuza, Bishop Dr. Mtumbuka and Bishop Montfort Sitima.

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Mwethu
Guest

Whether SKC only patronizes RC functions is neither here nor there, me I just want to direct you to that touching picture of SKC and Laza greeting each other, come on guys we wish the young man was the real deal not so, always at ease with himself no matter what. APM must develop a people centred persona otherwise eish the man is not friendly in all respects.

Odala
Guest

Who told you that Msusa attended Kachebere?

Lonies Phiri
Guest

The VP do attend events on invitation, if he is not invited he can not attend. Kodi amipingo inawo amawaitana ?????? Wake up.

Azombwe
Guest

Ali ndi Bvuto ndi wanuyo bwanji iyeyo za ku mpingo kwake samapita amamuletsa ndani? Tangoganizani A Chakwera ndi A Nsowoya analinso konko, Amadziwa kuti unali mwambo wofunika ndi wapamwamba. Chilima, Chakwera,Nsowoya ndi ena amene anapita ndi anthu a Nzeru. Enanu mukapanga za Nzeru ku mpingo kwanuko ndikuwaitana Onsewa muwaonanso akubwera. Ma Bishop salemba Kalata ngati News Paper. Ask true and dedicated Catholics they will tell what i mean.

Mary
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I think we should leave politicians to attend churches of their belief not just pulling them everywhere. It does not make sense to me. Why should they pretend. come on we are talking about praying

Bishop
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The Catholics are abusing the VP. He is a National VP not for Catholics. Bwana Chilima check this out. Kulinso Ma Church ena M’malawi Muno

guta
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Achakwera a Speaker snubbed UNIMA function strange!

Mbiri
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Kuwatelo a katolika….olo Chilima adzibera mavoti amangoyang’ana kumbali!!!!! Gwira bango!!!

Ndikutelo
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Kodi bambo a Chilima amadziwa kuti kulinso CCAP,SDA,Zambezi,AG,Islam,Living Waters,Zion,CFC ndi ina?

Zidura Ntengo Undigwere
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Zidura Ntengo Undigwere
The VP has touched on a very important subject in our country: the need to curb the population explosion. Others in caucus are on record supporting some kind of slowing of reproduction: people like Dr Kalilani and Akweni Kaliati. Someone of influence, like VP Chilima, should pursue this, starting in their caucus. Then we, as a nation, must have an open discussion about it. The Catholic Church is especially known for vehemently opposing the principle of birth control; which in their books is synonymous with population control. This is pitiful. But I would not be surprised if a majority of… Read more »
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