Vice-President Saulos Chilima has commended five newly ordained priests of the Catholic Diocese of Dedza for persevering through years of training and appealed to the church to support them in their choice to lead the flock.
Chilima was guest of honour at the ordination of the five priests and silver jubilee celebrations of two priests at Nsipe Parish in Ntcheu.
The Vice-President said going through nine years of training was no mean feat.
He said: “But without support, the new priests will have failed and in turn we will all have failed.”
To the priests, Chilima, himself a devout Catholic faithful, said their choice to work hard and become priests had been endorsed by God; hence, they must not disappoint everyone but identify role models such as the two priests celebrating their silver jubilee.
Bishop of Dedza Diocese Emmanuel Kanyama asked the new priests to be prepared to meet all challenges while carrying out their duties.
“Challenges are not a choice but you must accept them and pray over them. Turn to the one who called you to this work and remain dedicated,” he said.
The five priests are Alfred Kalumbi who goes to Tsangano Parish, Lazarus Magonde to Mzama Parish, Joseph Billiat to Nsipe Parish, Emmanuel Tchuma to Bembeke Parish and Matthews Chimtendere to St Kizito Minor Seminary.