Malawi Catholic Church swears in six to sisterhood

The St Michaels Cathedral of the Chikwawa Diocese has sworn in six sisters to sisterhood along with the silver jubilee celebrations for Rev. Fr Ignatio Yohane on Saturday.

Parents giving their daughter before the alter

Parents giving their daughter before the alter

Rev. Fr Ignatio Yohane being greeted by fellow priests

Rev. Fr Ignatio Yohane being greeted by fellow priests

The six sisters before the alter

The six sisters before the alter

Putting her signature in the book to show acceptance

Putting her signature in the book to show acceptance

The colourful event was attended by people from all walks of life who witnessed the swearing in as well as the silver jubilee with a call from Bishop Musikuwa of Chikwawa Diocese asking Christians to send out God’s love and teachings.

The bishop said to serve God is a calling and there was need to listen carefully to such kind of call so that whoever ministers in a particular ministry must not betray his followers.

“The calling to serve people is mercy from God and it starts gradually and grows big reaching out to many tribes and nations. It is therefore that those called should love God, endure in the love of our Lord Jesus, and are not tempted in bodily desires and remain happy no matter the situation,” he said.

He added that those called must be a people that listen to others giving examples of parents, leaders and that they must be able to help enhance good teachings of God.

The six who were sworn in to sisterhood included Agness Chiumia, Elizabeth Banda, Stella Notice, Cecilia Time, Grace Katumbi and Priscilla Chikwatu.

They were sworn in to serve under the Mary Consoler of the Afflicted (MCA) where they also pledged to share with others, being obedient and not participating in any marriage affairs.

Speaking on behalf of Sisters of Good Shepherd in Zambia who introduced MCA, Rev. Mother Maureen Chibwe Ngandwe thanked God for making the ministry grow and urged the sisters to continue working hard in doing God’s work.

She thanked parents for giving up their daughters to serve in the ministry and encouraged for prayers that would help them do their job well.

Ngandwe called for concerted efforts within the church and outside for their work to be successful adding that there was need for parents to give out their daughters so that they help serve others and God.

During the event, the church also celebrated 25 years of Rev Fr Ignatio Yohane in priesthood.

Born on 18th June, 1960, at Misomali Village, Traditional Authority Chapananga in Chikwawa district, Fr Yohane then Ignatio, did his school at Phwadzi primary and Phwadzi CDSS respectively. He went to Kachebere Major Seminary and St Peters in Zomba and later in 1991 he became priest.

He has served in many parishes such as Nsanje, Njale, Nkhate among others and has held many positions within the church.

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