Catholic new priests in Blantyre Archdiocese ordained

The Archdiocese of Blantyre of the Catholic Church on Saturday ordained three deacons to priesthood and five brothers to deacons at a colourful ceremony which took place at Limbe Cathedral in Blantyre.

Priests going to the altar...Photo Jeromy Kadewere.
Priests going to the altar…Photo Jeromy Kadewere.
Archbishop Thomas Msusa blessing the deacons...Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Archbishop Thomas Msusa blessing the deacons…Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Parents escort their son to  His Grace  Msusa...Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Parents escort their son to His Grace Msusa…Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Ordination in progress...Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Ordination in progress…Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Presenting gifts...Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Presenting gifts…Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Blantyre City Mayor Noel Chalamanda (right) was also present...Photo Jeromy Kadewere.
Blantyre City Mayor Noel Chalamanda (right) was also present…Photo Jeromy Kadewere.
Catholics women during the mass....Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Catholics women during the mass….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

The three deacons, Moffat Saimoni from Mnthawira Parish, Mark Gova from Chilomoni Parish and one spiritan Patrick Kachoka have been ordained priests, while five brothers of spiritans namely, Damiano Gabriel, Edward Tembo, James Balala, William Kalande and Lucius Zuze were ordained as deacons.

Presiding over the ceremony, Archbishop Thomas Msusa, said it was significant day for the Church and.described the ordination of the three priests as a gift to the archdiocese which still requires many more priests.

The Archbishop Msusa called upon the newly ordained priests to dedicate their lives to serving God and make sure that they always preach and follow what they believe.

“We are praying for each of them and I know that each of the communities in which they will serve will warmly welcome them and their families at the start of their public ministries,” he said.

His Grace also asked them to adhere to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and stick to their celibacy status.

He said although the Archdiocese had made attempts to increase the number of priests, there were some parishes that lacked priests as some had one only.

Blantyre Archdiocese has 40 parishes and 79 priests.

The Archbishop also wished the newly ordained priests well as they started their new life of priesthood and urged them to be exemplary in their behavior so that their followers should have trust in them.

During the ordination ceremony, the three priests and five deacons took their vows as priests and promised to remain faithful and obedient to the Archbishop.

The ordination ceremony was attended by Blantyre City Mayore Noel Chalamanda,who is an ex-Seminarian, former cabinet minister John Bande, politician John Chisi.

In his final speech, the Archbishop announced to the gathering that after further consultations, the ordained priests have been allocated to the various parishes.

For instance, Fr Moffat Saimoni is going to Namulenga Parish, while Fr Mark Gova is going to St Pius XII Seminary.

It was also revealed during the ordination ceremony that Blantyre Archdiocese has established a secondary school, which will be called ‘James Chiona Boys High School.

The High School will be located at the former premises of Montfort Press.

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brave nyanyaluwa
brave nyanyaluwa
6 years ago

Ndichithandizo cha Maria Virgo odala atsogolelereni anyamatawa kuti aumikire mpingo wanu komwe oyera ayanjani.

Davie Duwe Mitumbu
Davie Duwe Mitumbu
6 years ago

Let us respect ourself this is not a place to say such abusive words, iknow its true what this guy said and truely speaking it is happening. Priests and deacons this is your time to serve God, all the best

6 years ago

Kachoka, we are proud of you. It has been a long journey

6 years ago

I know the chap behind the Mayor Mr John Nthakomwa finished his MSCE at Lunjika Secondary School in 1997

6 years ago

stop obsecene language in this paper please. God will punish you all for this kind of behaviour. Mbuli

6 years ago

Stop making stupid comments coupled with obscene language or phunzo or kutukwana here. This is madness . You must sense what to comment on and if you are not sure what to say, just keep quiet. God will respect you. God will punish you.

Zanu Zingati
Zanu Zingati
6 years ago

Ambuye Che Msusa khala nawoni ansi anyamata anuwo. Chigololo kwambiri. Akuma nyenga azimayi apabanja komanso ena amasiye kwambiri. Ngati nkotheka ziwalorani azikwatira kuti azikwata nawo bwino. kodi zawo ndi zingati?

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