“I feel that with such a personality, he is up to the task that he has been appointed to because in the Diocese, you come across different people and they all expect you to listen and attend to their needs,” Fr. Muhineza explained.
The Priest who also coordinates the activities of the Association of Men Religious in Malawi (AMRIL) and the Association of Women Religious in Malawi (AWRIL) in the Diocese of Dedza further said, “We expect that the Bishop will continue to work hard to unite us, the Religious, with the local Clergy.”
He went on to call on Religious men and women serving in the Malawian Diocese that was erected in April 1959 to “support, obey and listen” to the new Bishop.
“All of us should rally behind the newly-appointed Bishop. We pledge our support to him to facilitate the huge task that is ahead of him. We should also pray for him so that the mission which God has entrusted him with may be accomplished,” he said.
To the people of God in the Diocese, Fr. Muhineza said, “We have been expecting to have a Bishop for a long time. Support the new Bishop because when someone has been chosen for such a huge task, he needs everyone’s collaboration and support.”
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In their statement on the day the appointment of the Bishop-elect was made public, Malawi’s Vice President, Saulos Chilima, and his wife, Mary Chilima, say that their hearts “are in abundant celebrations for this day the 8th of May, 2020, God has anointed you unto the higher mission of continuing to serve his flock as Bishop of Dedza Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church.”
“As we praise and worship the Almighty for these blessings, we pray for the gifts of wisdom, robust health and strength as you continue serving the Lord, our Saviour, Jesus Christ,” the Chilima’s who are practicing Catholics say in the statement addressed to the Bishop-elect.
In a separate message issued May 8, the leadership of the Montfort Missionary owned Luntha Television congratulated the Bishop-elect and sent their “prayerful wishes upon him and the entire Catholic Church of Dedza Diocese.”
The 4,250 square-kilometre Diocese has an estimated 63.7 percent Catholic population, according to 2020 statistics.
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.