“Be good husbands”: Archbishop in Malawi Urges Catholic Men to Model Their Lives after St. Joseph the Worker

Members of the catholic Men Association in Malawi's Catholic Archdiocese of Blantyre. Credit: Episcopal Conference of Malawi

Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa of Malawi’s Catholic Archdiocese of  Blantyre has called upon members of the Catholic Men Association (CMA) in his Metropolitan See to seek inspiration from St. Joseph, the Worker, and be “good husbands”.

In his homily on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, the Patron Saint of CMA, and also the International Labour Day, Archbishop Msusa cautioned men against relegating their parental responsibilities to their wives and others, and emphasized the need for men to provide good care for their children and be good examples.

“It’s a pity that many men in the Church have abandoned responsibility to teach and care for children. They have left this to women alone. This is something we must act on as Catholic men,” he Msusa said during Holy Mass at St. Paul Mwanza Parish of Blantyre Archdiocese.

The Malawian Catholic Archbishop posed, “What kind of legacy are we associated with as Catholic men? Can people look at our children and say this is the child whose father is a hardworking farmer, good soldier, good Catholic? Or a drunkard, a thief; his father abuses his wife?” 

“We must encourage each other to be good husbands, modelling St. Joseph,” the Catholic Archbishop, who has been at the helm of Blantyre Archdiocese since February 2014 said.


He continued, “God created a man and a woman in his image and likeness and gave them the responsibility to multiply, subdue and care for the earth .... being in the image and likeness of God is not only a matter of being co-creators with him in terms of child bearing. It means taking care of the created universe including our children.” 

The Malawian member of the Missionaries of the Company of Mary (S.M.M.) challenged CMA members to love the dignity in work, be self-reliant, and “not wait to be employed but find something that we can do to support and protect our families.”

Also speaking during the May 1 event, CMA National Chairman, Gibson Mkanda, encouraged Catholic men to show their love for the Church by giving special attention to the sacramental life that gives meaning to their faith.

“Christian faith without sacraments is like being a fish out of the water; it cannot survive. Be active and visible at all levels in the Church,” Mr. Mkanda said.

On his part, the National Communications Secretary and Chaplain for Family Life Apostolate, Fr. Francis Damaseke, disclosed that plans are underway at the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) to develop a spirituality hand-book to guide Catholic Associations in Malawi.

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Fr. Damaseke went on to urge CMA members to actively participate in the country’s general elections scheduled for next year

He encouraged them to “elect leaders who can foster our faith and enhance a self-reliant and self-propagating church.”

“Do not elect people simply because they have been in the Church for long…or because of tribal or political affiliations,” the Malawian Catholic Priest said on May 1.

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.