The Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) through its Fundraising Committee for Kachebere Major Seminary’s Seminary Platinum Jubilee will Friday, April 24, 2015 hold a fundraising dinner and dance at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.
The event follows the inauguration of the 75th anniversary of Kachebere Seminary by Bishop Martin Mtumbuka, Chairman for Seminaries and Vice President of ECM on January 10 this year.
“The Seminary is an academic institute where young people who aspire to become diocesan priests are formed and prepared for priestly ministry.
“Although not many people who pass through the corridors of the seminary become priests, the institution forms and prepares numerous people to become future leaders and servants of the people of God in various sectors of life in our country, Malawi,” said Mr. Peter Kulemeka, Chairperson for the organizing committee.
According to Kulemeka, several activities are expected to be carried out within this Jubilee year such as pilgrims to the seminary by the lay faithful, workshops and seminars on the Catholic Church teachings, fundraising events, Eucharist celebration and kick starting of development projects that will aid the seminary in income generating for self sustainability.
“We expect all those people who have gone through this seminary to actively support these planned activities. Similarly, many Catholics have in one way or another been beneficiaries of Kachebere. We expect them to be part of this jubilee year,” he said.
Kalimba band is expected to perform at the event and tickets are available at the Catholic Secretariat selling at K50, 000 for double and K30, 000 for single.
Kachebere Major Seminary, also known as St. Anthony Major Seminary, is a philosophical college under the Episcopal Conference of Malawi. It opened its doors on 10th October 1939.
The seminary first served as a regional seminary for the vicariates of the then Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) and Nyasaland (Malawi).
Today the seminarians at Kachebere come from the eight dioceses of the Catholic Church in Malawi, namely Karonga, Mzuzu, Lilongwe, Dedza, Mangochi, Zomba, Blantyre and Chikwawa.