Ordination In Zambia

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On August 9, 2008, in Solwezi, Zambia, Bishop Alick Banda, Bishop of Solwezi bestowed the Sacrament of Holy Orders on two Franciscan Friars, through the laying on of hands:

  • friar Joseph Kachelewa, a Conventual Franciscan, was ordained a Priest
  • friar Dawid Mwewa, a Franciscan Servant of the Poor, was ordained a Deacon.

The Ordination Mass was concelebrated by Friar Timothy Kayula, Minister Provincial of Zambia, Friar Tadeusz Świątkowski, Assistant General for AFCOF, and some 30 other Friars. A large number of people were present for the liturgy, including adult and children’s choirs.

Addressing the candidates during his homily, the Bishop stressed the importance of service to God and His people by Priests and Deacons must be done in a spirit of obedience and purity of heart. He was interrupted many times by the people’s applause, clearly demonstrating that the people expect their ministers to be faithful to what they have promised – to be obedient and chaste for the Lord.