Chikwawa, 28 November, 2021 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Church in Malawi is contemplating the formation of the country’s National Ex-Seminarians Association to bring together former seminarians whose role in Church development has been described as key.
In a Friday, November 26 report, Bishop Peter Musikuwa of Malawi’s Chikwawa Diocese said that ex-seminarians fit well in the Church and that the birth of their association will help foster their role in Church initiatives.
“Ex-seminarians are key people in leadership and development of the Church. We understand that each seminary has an alumni association; however, operations of those associations lack a monitoring mechanism,” Bishop Musikuwa said at the first ever meeting of alumni of all the seven Minor Seminaries in Malawi.
He added, “If this Association is approved and launched, we expect it to help provide a platform whereby ex-seminarians from all the alumni associations will share ideas on how to develop their former Seminaries, Dioceses and relationship between themselves.”
The local Ordinary of Chikwawa Diocese who doubles as the chairperson of the Pastoral Commissions of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) said that some ex-seminarian associations were doing well in their Dioceses while others were not.