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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Paul Dolezar

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

Paul Doleza

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


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.


Wena mzuzu diosece takondwa chomene. viwemi vyose.

unenesko Nguwemi

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


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


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.

John Tomoka

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


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.

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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… Read more »

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