THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE PALLOTTINE MISSION IN MALAWI
The Official Opening of Saint Vincent Pallotti Kaphatika Parish
After 10 years of waiting of the Pallottine Mission in Malawi, the dream has been finally realized. The official opening of the Pallottine Mission in Malawi took place on 8 December 2016 with official opening of The Saint Vincent Pallotti Kaphatika Parish in Lilongwe Archdiocese. As He did in the time, the Lord arranged all through his will to open our Mission officially on Immaculate Conception, the very symbolic solemnity in the Pallottine life and of course in the all Catholic Church. It was the unforgettable event. All kind of people were present at Kaphatika, very small village of Ntchisi District, Archbishop of Lilongwe, Priests, Religious, lay Christians Catholics and non-Catholic’s. All were in one spirit of joy and in one voice they were singing, dancing, and thanking God who has chosen to install a Parish at Kaphatika. His Grace Tharcisio Ziyaye, The Archbishop of Lilongwe who opened the new Parish in the name of Saint Vincent Pallotti Kaphaatika Parish start by blessing the foundation stone of the new Parish and declare the Saint Vincent Pallotti Parish under responsibility of the Pallottine Fathers. The two Provincial Rectors were present, Fr. Helmut Scharler, the Provincial Rector of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Province in Germany and Fr. Romuald Uzabumwana, SAC, the Provincial Rector of the Holy Family Province. In the same speech, The Archbishop of Lilongwe installed two Pallottine Priests as responsible of that parish, Fr. Ignancio Chipiko, SAC as Parish Priest and Fr. Ildephonse Bizimungu, SAC. After that we celebrate the Mass as a thanksgiving sacrifice of the gift of the Parish from God almighty. The liturgy was very highly prepared and the celebration expressed the joy of the present people.
After Mass, the speech and gifts showed in joy the will of all to build together the new parish in order to become as others strong parishes. The Chief of Kaphatika village, in his speech, express the irreversible gift of land that the Kaphatika village gave already to the Catholic Church, emphasizing that that to give to the church is to give to God Himself and to fight against the Church is to fight against God Himself. He invited the Catholics of Saint Vincent Pallotti Kaphatika parish to take care of that heavenly gift and he called all who have abandoned the Catholic Church because of missing priests to come back to the Catholic Church. In his speech, Fr. Helmut, the Provincial of the Heart of Jesus expressed the will of the Province to collaborate with the Archdiocese of Lilongwe to maintain this Pastoral mission in the spirit of Saint Pallotti. In his concluding speech, the Archbishop of Lilongwe emphasized his will of unity and collaboration of the Pallottine Father in the development of the Pastoral life of Archdiocese of Lilongwe.
After the ceremonies and sharing in joy the gift from the earth, we visited the house for lent founded to accommodate the Priests in charge of the new parish before building the presbyter house. They realized that the house were note in good condition to accommodate the priests. The morning of the following day at Archbishop’s house, The Archbishop of Lilongwe and The two Provincial Rectors agreed the Priest will be accommodate at Mpherere Parish before finding a other house in good condition or building the presbyter Kaphatika. ((03.01.16: Fr. Ildephonse BIZIMUNGU, SAC; pictures: brother Bert Meyer SAC))