Three Catholic priests celebrate silver jubilee in priesthood

Thousands of Blantyre Archdiocese faithful on Saturday joined three priests in celebrating ‘silver jubilee’ of their ordination to priesthood with a solemn Eucharistic celebration which took place at Limbe Cathedral.

Priests celebfrating their silver jubille

Priests celebfrating their silver jubille

Choir members in action....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Choir members in action….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Celebration time

Celebration time

Time to cut the cake....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Time to cut the cake….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Dancing young Catholics...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Dancing young Catholics…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Praising God in a traditional way....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Praising God in a traditional way….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

His Grace Archbishop Thomas Msusa on the podium....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

His Grace Archbishop Thomas Msusa on the podium….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

The three priests are Fr. Michael Chimderenji of Nguludi Parish, Fr. Johnnie Chimwaza of St Martin Parish and Fr. Lazarus Zulani of Nyungwi Parish.

The Silver Jubilee celebration started with a mass which was celebrated  by His Grace Archbishop Thomas Msusa.

In his speech, Archbishop Msusa hailed the three priests for serving the church with dedication and honest.

He said the three priests are role models to the upcoming priests and urged them to continue serving the Lord and Church with much dedication.

His Grace also advised  other priests in the Archdiocese to be exemplary when discharging their duties to the people they are serving in a bid to attract more Christians to the kingdom of God.

Speaking on behalf of  priests, Fr. Zulani  thanked God  for seeing the three of them all the years in priesthood, stressing the road was full of ups and downs.

He said God continued to show his greatness by keeping them alive to mark 25 years in priesthood.

“It is a pity that out of the six priests in our group, who were ordained together by the late Archbishop James Chiona only four  are still alive. May their souls rest in eternal peace,” he observed.

Before the mass, there was a luncheon inside the Limbe Cathedral Hall where the jubilant priests assisted by Archbishop Msusa cut the jubilee cake.

Fr.Zulani was born on 2 February 1961 at Juwa Village in Chiradzulu district and he hails from Njuli Parish.

He has served in the following parishes Namulenga, Limbe Cathedral, Mwanga, Gambula and Nyungwi.

Fr. Chimderenji was born on 23 June 1960 at Lipenga Village, T/A Kanduku in Mwanza and he has served in the following parishes Mwanga, St Louis and Montfort, Bangwe, Masanjala, Januwale, Phalombe and Nguludi.

Fr. Chimwaza was born on 20 February 1966 at Mwitha Village, T/A Chitera in Chiradzulu and he has served in the following parishes Mendulo, Lunzu, Nguludi, Ntepuwa, Limbe Cathedral and currently at St Martin.

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