Nuns Urged to Detach Themselves from “worldly things” at Religious Profession in Malawi

Bishop George Desmond Tambala of the Diocese of Zomba handing over the Bible to Sr. Luciette Marie after she had taken her final vows.

A Catholic Prelate has, during the Religious profession of a Discalced Carmelite nun in the Diocese of Zomba in Malawi, urged the nun to stay true to her vocation, to detach herself from worldly things and to always stay close to God in her calling.

Speaking when he presided over the solemn profession and veiling of Sister Luciette Marie at Holy Family Monastery, Bishop George Desmond Tambala of the Diocese of Zomba advised the nun to look forward and depend on God all the time.

“Never look back, detach yourself from worldly things and focus much on your vocation. Stay close to God by listening to His words and He will also stay closer to you,” Bishop Tambala was quoted by the Diocese’s communications office as saying.

The Malawian Bishop further said that a person is poor when he has everything like wealth, but no time to listen to the word of God which gives guidance.


Bishop Tambala who is a member of the Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCD) further urged parents and family members of Sr. Luciette not to look for any material support from their daughter, saying that this has the potential to disturb her from serving God.

The Prelate assured the nun’s family that God will bless them abundantly because they had sacrificed their daughter to God’s service.

He then asked Christians and all well-wishers to support the nuns at the Monastery in different ways to minimize some of the challenges they face in their everyday life.

The Local Ordinary of Zomba Diocese also took time to thank Bishop emeritus of Zomba Diocese, Bishop Allan Chamgwera, who was also present at the ceremony, for his effort in ensuring that the Monastery is built and the nuns have a home. 

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Speaking at the same function, Prioress Sister Mary Josepha, thanked all the people who came to attend the function and pleaded with parents who attended the event to send their daughters to the Monastery to embrace Religious Life.

“I am standing here to speak to you today, but I will not stand here forever. I am catching up with age, hence we would need girls to come and take over from us to continue with this noble service of the Lord,” said Sr. Mary Josepha.

Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.