Blantyre Archdiocese will ordain two deacons to priesthood on 8th July 2017 at Limbe Cathedral in Blantyre with His Grace Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa expected to lead the mass.
According to Rev. Fr. Frank Mwinganyama, who is the Archdiocese Communications Secretary, the ordained deacons are Blessings Maere and Faduweck Katunga.
Recently, Archbishop Msusa complained about shortage of Pastoral workers in the Archdiocese asking Christians to pray for more priests.
“We have lost two priests this year alone and the ordination of the two will not make much difference if we compare with the growing number of Christians,” he said.
Fr. Mwinganyama said it was however important to be grateful to God for the gift of the young men, and went on to invite all priests, religious brothers and Sisters, all Catholics and people of goodwill to attend the important event.
The Archdiocese of Blantyre has 41 Parishes with over 1.5 million Christians. Most Parishes have one Priest. There are currently about 80 serving priests in the Archdiocese.
Deacon Maere did his secondary education at St. Paul Mlale Minor Seminary before joining the Major seminary. He comes from Mtepuwa Parish in Mulanje.
Deacon Faduweck Katunga who comes from Chiringa Parish in Phalombe went to Pius XII Minor Seminary for his secondary education.
The two have just completed a nine year journey of priestly formation which begun with one year of spiritual formation then three years of Philosophy and four years of Theological studies and one Pastoral year in the field.