Prof Ryan new bishop for Mzuzu Diocese – Episcopal Conference of Malawi

The Very Reverend Professor John Ryan has been appointed bishop-elect of the Diocese of Mzuzu by Pope Francis, reports say.

New bishop for Mzuzu: Very Rev Prof John Ryan

New bishop for Mzuzu: Very Rev Prof John Ryan

Ryan will replace Bishop Joseph Mukasa Zuza who died in a tragic road accident around Thungwa area in Mzuzu on January 15, 2015.

Mzuzu Diocese has since the demise of Zuza been led by apostolic administrator Monsignor Michael Mughogho.

On Tuesday several priests from both the dioceses of Mzuzu and Karonga took to the social media to announce the news.

Bishop Mtumbuka of Karonga Diocese secretary Father Joseph Sikwese wrote: “The Very Reverend Professor John Ryan appointed bishop-elect of Mzuzu Diocese.”

Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM)  secretary general Fr Henry Saindi confirmed the appointement of  Ryan, who has been  a professor in coding theory at Mzuzu University and comes from Ireland. He  belongs to the Society of Patrick – also known as the St Patrick’s Missionary Society.

He came to Malawi around the seventies and has worked in many parishes of then Mzuzu Diocese, St. Patrick’s Seminary in Rumphi before joining Mzuzu University.

Rev. Fr. John Alphonsus Ryan, S.P.S. was born on February 27, 1952 in Tipperary, Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly, Ireland. After his primary and secondary education he entered St. Patrick’s Society – Kiltegan. In 1971, after a year of spirituality in County Wicklow, he began his philosophical studies at the Institute at the University of Cork, Douglas, and in 1974 studied Theology at the Institute of Kiltegan in County Wicklow. He was ordained a priest on June 18, 1978.

Since his ordination he has served the following academic and pastoral roles: 1978-2005: St. Paul’s Parish in Mzimba (Mzuzu); St. Stephan’s in Kapuro (Mzuzu); St. Mathias’ Parish in Misuku (Mzuzu) and head teacher at Community Day Secondary School in Misuku (Mzuzu); head at the minor Seminary of St. Patrick in Rumphi (Mzuzu); taught mathematics in Ireland; 2005-2011: Chaplain of the Sisters of the Holy Rosary in Katete; since 2000: Chaplain and professor of mathematics at the University of Mzuzu, Assistant in St. Augustine parish and associated outstations; Member of the College of Consultors.

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25 thoughts on “Prof Ryan new bishop for Mzuzu Diocese – Episcopal Conference of Malawi”

  1. Paul Dolezar says:

    Emmanuel Cosmos Kanyama got his doctorate before all of them but he is humble for your information Francis number 23

  2. Paul Doleza says:

    You Francis Dedza Diocese is also led by the humble Doctor by the name of Emmanuel Kanyama who never talks about his Doctorate

  3. Francis says:

    Karonga Diocese came from Mzuzu Diocese and is headed by a Dr. (by the name Dr. Martin Mtumbuka) and now Mzuzu Diocese the father of Karonga Diocese is headed by Professor. Any way this is not about Education but to lead the Diocese through God’s guidance. May the Almighty God bless Prof Ryan, and the whole Catholic Church.

  4. WAMBOTWA says:

    Wena mzuzu diosece takondwa chomene. viwemi vyose.

  5. unenesko Nguwemi says:

    Congrants father Ryan.Indeed the hand of God has appointed.Wishing you God’s grace always.

  6. Admirer says:

    Man Ya Nzeru iyi guysss!!!. Masamu chimasova ichi. Ndi atate awaaa. Congrats Father. I admire you. Super intelligence for super leadership. Great news.

  7. Hagrela says:

    As a devoted Catholic from Chikwawa Diocese and as a student from Catholic University i wish Prof. Ryan all the good luck in his new role to oversee Mzuzu Diocese. Mzuzu Diocese is rich and blessed to have him. CONGRATULATIONS.

  8. John Tomoka says:

    Zabwino zonse Abishop ise wa Mzuzu diocese tamupokelerani namanja wawiri masukani ndithu

  9. Shehe says:

    Good news for the Deocese mwina ingazuke. Since the death of Bishop Mkasa Zuza the deocease was dead. Mwina ma institution angazukeso pano because at the moment catholic institutions under Mzuzu Deocease are dead.Zipatala, masukulu even college of nursing kusowa thandizo just to mention a few and I wish the bishop should choose his own board members kuti zinthu ziyende bwino. Enawa ndiwolephera.Pajatu mzungu chinyengo alibe.

  10. bibo bicycle says:

    God has done us a great thing. Prof. John Ryan will facilitate development of Mzuzu Diocese. We were like lost sheep without a Shephard. We wanted to have a visionary Bishop. You’re the chosen one by the Creator. We’ve received your appointment with oen hearts. feel free we’ re here to support you. Old and matured leaders are the right people to govern and unit the Church. no more hit and run.Wina wagwa nayo. We need positve change at all level. Education standards should be improved for the better.
    Dioceans priests support the new Bishop. You’ve a chance now to deepen your education

  11. Wezi Chpeta says:

    A friend of those who pursue accountability and transparency. Humble and very passionate about community development.

  12. Gundumulani says:

    Congratulations and you really deselve the very humble and devoted priest.

  13. master says:

    congratulations to the great Mathematian, MZUNI will surely miss u as an academic, and most students are likely to miss u on this

  14. Cholapitsa says:

    Very humble man of God always on a bike like 2b found @ Mapanga shop buying newspapers

  15. bozwell makaranga says:

    This is very terrific news. A very worthy appointment. Capable leader and spiritually mature too.

  16. Nixon mzakwacha says:

    Am glad ryan is now a bishop.He is the right person to lead the catholics in mzuzu.Asembe enawo uhule,watch them.Am not a judge,but i talk what i know best.Some people never expected&are furious about ur appointment,beliv me.Am a moslem,but i congratulate u fr.Ryan becoz i personaly know u.Muleke kwenda pa kapalasa sopano,if u want excercises,run around ur yard.Mzakwacha Nixon,pretoria.+27724922299.Yeo.

  17. Hewe says:

    what a good news to the Diocese,wish you all the best Rev Father.

  18. Andrew says:

    Wow what a good news for our Diocese..
    we ask God to give him more inteligency

  19. Samuel Mbale says:

    Congratulations Professor for appointment to the high office of the Bishop

  20. emily says:

    vatikondweska chomene tawakhristu winu abambo.

  21. Joloza says:

    Oooohhhh…this is the greatest news to the church. I am more than excited with his appointment. Let the almighty Father in heaven richly bless him

  22. mwikho says:

    Good news

  23. true patriot says:

    Can someone enlighten me, will he continue teaching at Mzuni? Iinderstandably it is God’s calling that he should lead His flock, however it will be a huge loss to the university if he can’t teach anymore.

  24. iroko says:

    viweme vose ba Ryan!

  25. Russell Tembo says:

    Congratulations Professor!

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