The Chairman for the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), His Grace Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa of Blantyre Archdiocese has commended the Catholic laity in Malawi for supporting the Church through various initiatives which are well organized and patronized at the same time.
Archbishop Msusa was speaking at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) last Friday (April 24, 2015) during a fundraising dinner and dance for Kachebere Major Seminary which celebrates its platinum jubilee (75 years) this year.
“On behalf of my fellow Bishops and indeed on my own behalf, I would like to thank you all for supporting the Church in various ways. I would like to particularly thank the laity and more especially those from Lilongwe for fundraising initiatives which you have been conducting and proved success at the end of the day,” he said while referring to successful activities that led to a successful AMECEA Plenary and the recent Kachebere Major Seminary’s fundraising event.
He expressed grateful for a continued support to the Church-more particularly during this year’s Platinum Jubilee for Kachebere Seminary.
The Seminary was built way back in 1939 by the Missionaries who used to assist all along but time has come that the Church in Malawi should take full responsibility in supporting the only Philosophical College of the Catholic Church in the country.
Speaking at the same function, His Lordship Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga diocese and also Chairman for Seminaries at the Episcopal Conference of Malawi said Kachebere Major Seminary which is also known as St. Anthony Seminary is facing numerous challenges ranging from renovations to the school’s structures, seminarian’s welfare among others.
Bishop Mtumbuka was however quick to warn the Seminarians of not taking for granted every single assistance that the Church through it laity renders to the Seminary.
“I would like to warn you Seminarians never to take the support from the faithful and people of goodwill for granted. It’s high time you became serious with your vocation. The laity out there would not want to have priests who are irresponsible when you finish up your studies,” Bishop Mtumbuka sounded the warning to a representative of Seminarians who witnessed the dinner and dance event.
For his part, Chairperson for the organizing committee of the event, Peter Kulemeka said the event was a success and projected that the money realized at that particular day was far away from all the fundraising events that his committee has been organizing-saying there was massive support this time around.
He commended individuals and companies like Nyasa Times, Nation Publications Limited (NPL), Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS), Times Group, Catholic Media Houses that includes; Radio Maria, Radio Tigabane, Tuntufye Radio and Luntha Television for supporting the event with publicity and alsi free advertisement.
During the day, State Vice President, Saulos Chilima in his capacity as a Catholic made a huge some of donation including a Microwave which he participated bidding during an auction to Kacherebere Seminary. Earlier, His Grace Bishop Msusa announced that a certain family from Blantyre which he did not disclose the name also donated a sum of K1 million towards the event.
Other notable faces that attended the event included, Minister of Gender, Children, Social Welfare and Disability, Patricia Kaliati, Minister of Sports and Culture, Grace Obama Chiumia and Principal Secretary for Presidential Initiative on Safe Motherhood, Chimwemwe Chipungu. Also available at the event were all the Bishops in Malawi.
Live performance of Kalimba Band and Kachebere Seminary’s Choir spiced up the event with songs.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :