Archbishop Tarcizio Ziyaye of Blantyre Archdiocese of the influential Roman Catholic Church in Malawi has called on priests to be good shepherds as Jesus Christ was.
Ziyaye was speaking on Saturday when he ordained four priests and two deacons. The deacons, Anthony Golombo and Isaac Mbulaje, belong to the Holy Ghost congregation.
The priests, Christopher Nakhate, Steven Pahuwa, Edezio Nasalangwa belong to the diocesan congregation while Junensio Bright Tembo to the Passionist congregation.
“Priests should be good shepherds to feed the Lords’ sheep, to give sacraments. Priests should be like Jesus in everything in totality at all the time. We should not be priests on contract. True love should guide us and we should be ready to die for the flock,” said Ziyaye in his homily which was centred on the theme of a good shepherd.
The archbishop told the new priests that the Catholic faithful is ready and willing to support them if they only serve them well.
During the ceremony which took place at the Limbe cathedral, auxiliary bishop Montfort Stima announced three new parishes in the archdiocese which are Chilobwe parish –[detached from St Pius parish], St Vincent parish [Mwangata, detached from C.I parish] and St. Martin parish
[Chirimba, detached from C.I parish].
Fr. Peter Phiri has been appointed to open Chilobwe parish while Fr. Cosmas Kinley St. Vincent [Mwangata] parish and Fr. John Chimwaza St. Martin parish.
The new priests Fr. Pahuwa goes to Kadikira parish while Fr. Nansalangwa to Mwanza parish and Fr. Nakhate Masanjala parish.
Other transfers affected Fr. Clifford Chiwanda who is moved from Lunzu parish to Mzedi parish while Fr. Samuel Zalengera leaves Mzedi for Lunzu. Fr. Anastanzio Sitolo leaves Limbe Cathedral for Mulopwe parish where he will continue to serve also as youth chaplain and vocational director. Fr. Clement Chimwala is now the archbishop’s secretary while Fr. Alfred Chaima concentrates on pastoral secretary work.