Oldest priest in Blantyre laid to rest: Pictorial exclusive

Thousands of mourners gathered at Limbe Cathedral cemetery in Blantyre Archdiocese on Monday to pay their last respect to the late Fr.Mark Nyakoko, who was laid to rest after a long illness since 2002.

Fare the well Father-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Fare the well Father-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Mouring the priest-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Mouring the priest-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Priests carrying the casket of their fallen Father-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Priests carrying the casket of their fallen Father-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Young Catholics in solemn mood-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Young Catholics in solemn mood-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

RIP Fr Nyakoko.--Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

RIP Fr Nyakoko.–Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

National Intelligence Bureau boss Nicholous Dausi during the burial.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

National Intelligence Bureau boss Nicholous Dausi during the burial.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

At exactly 2:24pm, the body of the late Nyakoko, who was one of  the oldest Catholic priest in Blantyre Archdiocese , was lowered into the grave.

He was born on 7 July 1929 and was coming from Neno parish.

A cross section of people that include politicians like Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  official, who is also a devoted catholic  Nicholous Dausi paid their last respects.

The whole funeral ceremony started with a requiem mass  which was led by Archbishop Thomas Msusa along other Bishops like , Bishop Peter Musukuwa, Bishop Montfort Sitima, and Bishop Emeritus Allan Changwera.

Bishop Msusa in his eulogy hailed the late Nyakoko for his stewardship when serving the church in various portfolios.

“He dedicated his life to God. He was always inspiring young and upcoming priests to serve God no matter what problems they are going through,” said His Grace Bishop Msusa.

Msusa also noted that at the time he was sick, the late Nyakoko was not concerned at all as he always reminded them God had a purpose for him.

The Bishop  stressed that the church had lost a pillar, who was a role model to all the priests basing on  his old age.

“He was a humble man, and he knew what he was doing. I urge all priests to emulate his example,” said Msusa.

Msusa also hailed the staff from the following hospitals for trying their best when the late Nyakoko was sick, Malamulo Hospital, Nguludi Hospital,Mlambe Hospital  and  Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

A relative  to the late Nyakoko described the death as a blow to the family because he was their pillar.

He was, however quick to express gratitude toLimbe Cathedral members, all priests and Bishops for the financial support they provided in paying the hospital bills that were incurred during the entire period when he was sick.

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