Manager of Income Generating Initiatives in Zambian Diocese Appointed Auxiliary Bishop

Mons. Gabriel Msipu Phiri, appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Zambia's Chipata Diocese on 10 December 2022. Credit: ZCCB

Pope Francis has appointed the Manager of Income Generating Activities (IGAs) in Zambia’s Chipata Diocese as Auxiliary Bishop of the same Episcopal See.

The appointment of Mons. Gabriel Msipu Phiri who has been assigned the Titular See of Are of Mauritania was published by the Holy See Press Office on Saturday, December 10 and announced by members of the Zambia Catholic Bishops Conference (ZCCB).

Born in July 1964 in the Diocese of Chipata, the alumnus of St. Augustine's Major Seminary in Mpima, Kabwe, and St. Dominic's Major Seminary in Lusaka where he had his initial Priestly formation in philosophy and theology respectively was ordained a Priest for his native Diocese in September 1991.

As a Priest, Mons. Msipu has served in various capacities including Assistant and Parish Priest, Dean, Diocesan Treasurer General and Human Resources Officer, Vicar General, and ZCCB Finance and Administration Manager among other Priestly ministries.

Following years of ministry in the Zambian Diocese, Mons. Msipu was enrolled for Spirituality and Spiritual Direction at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership at Chicago, USA in 2001, and graduated a year later with a Certificate.


He also studied Business Administration at St. Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT) from 2005 to 2008.

Bishop-elect Msipu has been serving as Manager for Diocesan IGAs in Chipata Diocese since 2021.

In a statement shared with ACI Africa, the leadership of ZCCB has conveyed “hearty congratulations” to the Auxiliary Bishop-elect, wishing him “God's continued blessing as well as every success as he takes up the new appointment.”

Once ordained Bishop, Mons. Msipu will assist 62-year-old Bishop George Cosmas Zumaire Lungu in shepherding the people of God in the 69,106 square kilometer Diocese with an estimated population of 496,660 Catholics, according to 2021 statistics

Established in July 1937 as the Apostolic Prefecture of Fort Jameson from the Apostolic Vicariate of Nyassa in Malawi, the Zambian Episcopal See was elevated to a Diocese in April 1968. It is one of the seven suffragan Dioceses of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lusaka.

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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.