In solidarity with the entire Catholic Church in Malawi and in line with the universal theme of going out to the periphery, keeping with the Extraordinary Missionary Month, October 2019, the Chief Shepherd of the Diocese of Karonga has commissioned eight men as missionaries to communities which have not yet been reached with the Gospel.
Bishop Martin Anwel Mtumbuka commissioned the eight during the launch of the Diocesan Year of Missio Ad Gentes on February 9, 2019 at St Mathias Mulumba Parish in Misuku.
Speaking before the event that took place within the Eucharist Celebration, the Bishop stressed the need to take missionary work very seriously.
“We have no excuse to give for not being missionaries to our brothers and sisters who have not yet known Jesus Christ, because those who came to share this faith with us met more terrible hardships than we can claim to meet,” said Bishop Mtumbuka.
“Yes, the roads are bad but we have vehicles. The ‘White Fathers’ who came to us had to actually walk from Lilongwe to this area. We have no excuse whatsoever for not reaching out to our brothers and sisters in hard to reach places within our diocese,” the Bishop continued.
Among those who were commissioned as lay missionaries came from St. Steven’s Parish, St. Michael’s, St. Anne’s, St. Mary’s and two from the Diocesan Curia Offices under the Pastoral Department. Other commissions that day were the Diocesan Radio – Tuntufye FM Radio and Lusubilo Orphan Care.
Areas marked for missionary work which are “far away from everything and in the middle of nowhere” include Diya diya, Mlowo, Ngana, and Lutushu, just to name a few.
Bishop Mtumbuka declared the Diocesan Year of Missio Ad Gentes from December 1, 2018 to November 30, 2019 at St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral on November 24, 2018 on the occasion of the Annual Thanksgiving Mass.
February 11th 2019
Supervised by Moses Raymond Kamanga
Episcopal Conference of Malawi