Chilima leads Ntcheu in honoring departed parents, relatives

State Vice President Dr Saulos Klaus Chilima and wife Mary Chilima, on Saturday joined the people of Nsipe and surrounding areas in a memorial mass organized in honour of the Veep’s departed parents and relatives at Nsipe parish in Ntcheu.

Chilima at the memorial event

Accompanied by family members and friends, Dr Chilima and wife attended a memorial mass at Nsipe Catholic Parish in the district which was celebrated by Father Epiphany Bwanali, the parish priest of Nsipe.

Thereafter, they laid wreaths on the tombstones of his departed mother, Elizabeth Chilima and other relatives.

A family representative, Francis Sazuze said the memorial mass was organized to honour the departed souls as well as give thanks to the Lord for the lives of the departed relatives.

In his homily, the out-going Parish Priest for Nsipe Catholic Parish, Fr Gerald Bwemba asked catholic faithful’s in the country to always remember the lives of their departed loved ones by praying for them.

“We had our loved ones that are no longer with us because God called them to glory. As Christians, the only gift we can give them is to pray for them. Let us all remember those that died by praying for them,” he pointed out.

The memorial mass came at a time when Catholics in the country joined fellow Catholics across the globe in observing ‘All Souls Day’ also known as Day of Remembrance, which falls on November 2, every year.

On the day Christians commemorates the souls of departed Christians and relatives and pray for them.

After the mass, the Chilima’s led relatives and friends in a wreath laying ceremony that took place at Nsipe Catholic Church graveyard, where prayers for the departed souls were held.

From the wreath laying ceremony, guests to the memorial service were treated to a luncheon at the residence of Chilima’s aunt, a Mrs. Valera in Nsipe.

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Also keep in mind that our prayers are presented to God by the saints and angels in the form of incense (Revelation 5:8 and 8:3). And saints can pray for us day and night, even when we are asleep and can’t pray for ourselves. The devil never sleeps, and neither do the saints in heaven.

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda

This was purely a private function. How I wish I had done what Dr. Saulos Chilima and Mrs. Chilima had exhibited on All Saints’ Day – a Christian Memorial Day to celebrate not only the lives of all the great heroes of the Christian faith but also our departed friends, relatives and parents. The day was also commemorated by Eastern Orthodox Churches and protestant churches such as the Presbyterian, Lutheran and Anglican churches in order to honour saints whether known or unknown for their lives of holiness and devotion to God or who were martyred for their faith.


It could have made a lot of sense of they had planted trees in their honour, instead of eating and drinking -sadaka.

MwanzaNeno, sometimes it’s better to keep quiet than displaying stupidity. What evidence do you have that the event was turned into a government function? Amongst the people mentioned as attended the function, can you mention who is a government official and not related to the Veep? It is your duty to tell Malawians about all the things you listed because it would appear those are the only things that you know. So far you have not criticized the silly press conferences that people are addressing in Lilongwe with only the Parliamentally committee on Natural Resources criticizing the same. Your criticizing… Read more »
I might be wrong but I’d like to think that this could have best been observed as a private ceremony. Turning ceremonies like these into government business I think shows that we are playing with time. Malawi has many issues that require our elected leaders attending to with speed. Think about power outages, albinos, anivas, bald headed men, road accidents, poor infrastructure, corruption, nepotism, joblessness, an impending pollution on or around the lake and deforestation. What if we use spare times like these to urge people to plant lots of trees, so that in the next 10 years we may… Read more »

May the soul’s of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen!


Komaso bible limanena bwino. Munthu akafa kwake kwatha. Mabuku kwamulungu olemba zintchito zake munthuyo ali moyo amakhala atsekedwa. Timapemphelerana tili moyo. Ukafa pemphero silichita Chilichose. Just waiting for judgement day. Amen

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