The Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire has announced the death of Reverend Canon Frank Ananias Philip Mkomawanthu, who until his death was the voluntary priest in the diocese.
Mkomawanthu, also a retired civil servant, died on Saturday, December 19 2015 at Mangochi District after a long illness, according to Diocesan Bishop, His Lordship the Right Reverend Brighton Vita Malasa.
The late Mkomawanthu was born on May 1 1935 and was ordained as priest in 1978 by the late Bishop Donald Arden CBE at Malindi Parish.
Reverend Mkomawanthu served in different positions in government and Anglican Church, including holding the position of Acting Dean of Saints Peters and Paul Cathedral in Mpondas, Mangochi.
He also served as the Diocesan Education Secretary (for many years) and as an Assistant Priest in Parishes of Mpondas, Mangochi, Mpinganjira, Dwangwa and St. Peter’s – Lilongwe among others.
He also made an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral of Saint Pauls Cathedral in Blantyre by the Late Bishop Benson Nathaniel Aipa in 1994.
The reverend has died at the age of 80 and is survived by a wife, five children and eight grand children.
The Late Reverend Canon Frank Mkomawanthu will be laid to rest on Monday, December 21, 2015 at Mgundaphiri Cemetery in Senior Chief Mponda’s Area soon after Requiem Mass, which shall be led by Bishop Malasa.