Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) has announced the death of Fr. Rodrick Zinyongo of Dedza Diocese.
Dedza Diocese Communications Secretary Fr Peter White told Nyasa Times that Fr Zinyongo died at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe Wednesday afternoon “after a short illness.”
Fr White said the mortal remains of Fr Zinyongo will be collected from Lilongwe Central Hospital mortuaryon Thursday, January 7. There after a night vigil will follow at Bembeke Cathedral in Dedza .
In a statement issued by the Catholic Secretariat of the signed by Rev. Fr Henry Saindi Secretary General of ECM said Fr Zinyongo was ordained priest in 1984.
Zinyongo got his Primary Education from Kasina PreparatorySeminary and did his Secondary Education at St Kizito Minor Seminary, then proceeded to the Major Seminaries of Kachebere in Mchinji and St Peter’s in Zomba.
He served in the Parishes of Mtakataka, Mzama, Chiphwanya, Mtendere and Bembeke where he served as curate up until his death.
For a long time Fr. Zinyongo had been Chairperson of the Christian Service Committee.
Zinyongo will be greatly remembered for his great zeal for Pastoral work. He was a priest who wanted things to be done as they are supposed to. He was a shepherd of the style of Jesus.
In October, last year, the Catholic Church also lost eminent Catholic priest, social activist, writer and thinker, Father Edward Alfred Masauko of the Blantyre Archdiocese.