The Very Reverend Professor John Ryan has been appointed bishop-elect of the Diocese of Mzuzu by Pope Francis, reports say.
Ryan will replace Bishop Joseph Mukasa Zuza who died in a tragic road accident around Thungwa area in Mzuzu on January 15, 2015.
Mzuzu Diocese has since the demise of Zuza been led by apostolic administrator Monsignor Michael Mughogho.
On Tuesday several priests from both the dioceses of Mzuzu and Karonga took to the social media to announce the news.
Bishop Mtumbuka of Karonga Diocese secretary Father Joseph Sikwese wrote: “The Very Reverend Professor John Ryan appointed bishop-elect of Mzuzu Diocese.”
Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) secretary general Fr Henry Saindi confirmed the appointement of Ryan, who has been a professor in coding theory at Mzuzu University and comes from Ireland. He belongs to the Society of Patrick – also known as the St Patrick’s Missionary Society.
He came to Malawi around the seventies and has worked in many parishes of then Mzuzu Diocese, St. Patrick’s Seminary in Rumphi before joining Mzuzu University.
Rev. Fr. John Alphonsus Ryan, S.P.S. was born on February 27, 1952 in Tipperary, Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly, Ireland. After his primary and secondary education he entered St. Patrick’s Society – Kiltegan. In 1971, after a year of spirituality in County Wicklow, he began his philosophical studies at the Institute at the University of Cork, Douglas, and in 1974 studied Theology at the Institute of Kiltegan in County Wicklow. He was ordained a priest on June 18, 1978.
Since his ordination he has served the following academic and pastoral roles: 1978-2005: St. Paul’s Parish in Mzimba (Mzuzu); St. Stephan’s in Kapuro (Mzuzu); St. Mathias’ Parish in Misuku (Mzuzu) and head teacher at Community Day Secondary School in Misuku (Mzuzu); head at the minor Seminary of St. Patrick in Rumphi (Mzuzu); taught mathematics in Ireland; 2005-2011: Chaplain of the Sisters of the Holy Rosary in Katete; since 2000: Chaplain and professor of mathematics at the University of Mzuzu, Assistant in St. Augustine parish and associated outstations; Member of the College of Consultors.