His Grace the bishop Thomas Msusa formerly of Zomba diocese was installed as Archbishop of Blantyre Catholic church, at a colorful ceremony which took place at Limbe Cathedral on Saturday in Blantyre attended by various political leaders.
Archbishop Msusa replaces Archbishop Tarcizio Ziyaye, who was transfered to Lilongwe Archdiocese to take the post of retired Bishop Remi Ste Marie after reaching the canonical age of 75.
Speaking during a high mass which was celebrated jointly by Mangochi diocese Bishop Montfort Stima and the new Archbishop Thomas Msusa, Stima welcomed the Blantyre Arch Diocese’s new spiritual leader and assured him the Archdiocese will fully support him.
Stima also urged the catholic faithful to continue giving their support to Msusa as they did with him.
In his remarks, the Apostolic Nuncio to Malawi and Zambia Archbishop Julio Murat urged Msusa to continue serving the church with zeal and dedication, saying Pope Francis has trust and confidence in him by appointing him Archbishop of the diocese.
Archbishop Msusa pledged to work hard and tirelessly for the goodness of the Archdiocese saying he would continue from where his predecessor left.
Msusa, however urged the faithful to pray for him and give him much needed support saying it was not an easy job for him to lead the Archdiocese.
“I will always rely on God’s help and the Holy Spirit’s guidance as well as your prayers because l know that this is a big responsibility for me,” he said.
President Joyce Banda speaking at the same function said Msusa is a true servant of God.
“Archbishop Msusa is really a servant of God because his home is welcomed by everyone despite social, political and religious status. Considering that, I believe that it has pleased God to put you in the position you are now,” she said.