This year’s Easter celebration was marked by the birth of four new parishes in Mzuzu Diocese of the Catholic Church, a development which is aimed at improving service delivery, it was announced on Sunday.
The letter from the Bishop of Mzuzu Diocese, John Ryan, which was read in all Catholic Churches within the diocese on Easter Sunday, says the development follows a survey and consideration of how best the diocese can serve the people.
“After a thorough survey and looking at how best we can serve the people of God, we have decided to declare the following as new parishes…,” reads part of the letter which is signed by Bishop Ryan.
The new parishes include St Monica in Embangweni, St Cecilia in Mpherembe, St Albert in Katoto-Mzuzu and St Bernadette in Chibavi-Mzuzu.
The letter says following establishment of the new parishes, the diocese’s pastoral team will come up with clear boundaries in the near future.
With the establishment of the new parishes, the entire Mzuzu Diocese now has a total of 14 parishes while Mzuzu City alone boasts of a total of five parishes.
Bishop Ryan has since appealed for cooperation amongst the faithful for both the new and old parishes to enhance development of the parishes.
“We ask all the faithful in the new and old parishes to cooperate with their parish priests in the establishment of these parishes. The work requires the full cooperation of everyone.
“We ask the entire diocese, friends of Mzuzu Diocese, all priests, brothers and sisters, to offer their support towards the establishment of the new parishes,” appeals the bishop in the letter.
The creation of new parishes is one of the major changes Ryan has made since his consecration as new Bishop of Mzuzu Diocese on August 27, 2016.
Ryan took over from the Late Bishop Joseph Zuza who died in a car accident on January 15, 2015.