KARONGA DIOCESE

307 Profess As Full Members of Wamama Wa Chitemwano

307 Profess As Full Members of Wamama Wa Chitemwano
New members of Wamama Wa Chitemwano

By Sister Margret Luhanga

On 31st May and 1st June 2019, a total of 307 women from all the nine parishes of the Diocese of Karonga made their profession as full members of Wamama Wachitemwano (Women of Charity) in the Diocese.

The profession tevent took place in all the nine parish centres and involved more than 2,500 Wamama Wachitemwano across the Diocese.

Wamama Wachitemwano is the biggest devotion movement for women only within the Lay Apostolate in the Diocese.  The movement exists following Christ’s command in John 13:34-35: “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Their patron saint is Mary our Lady who visited her cousin Elizabeth and helped her.  On the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (31st May), they celebrated together as a devotional movement and inducted the newly initiated members into their movement.

Taking after the example of Mary who visited her cousin, Elizabeth, to serve her, these women serve by evangelizing through action.  They gather for prayers, faith and leadership instructions, and works of charity.

Wamama Wachitemwano Devotion Movement has about 8,440 members.  Every year, new members are recruited and initiated into the spirituality of the movement until they are deemed fit for full membership.

For this year, those that were accepted to full membership are the 307 women from all the nine parishes.  See more details about membership of Wamama Wachitemwano in the Diocese in the table below:

# PARISH TOTAL NUMBER BY DECEMBER 2018 TOTAL NUMBER GATHERED DURING MAPANGANO TOTAL NUMBER PROFESSED % OF GATHERED OVER TOTAL FOR PARISH % INCREASE FOR PARISH
1 St Mathias Mulumba                               1,018                                  130                             23                                         13                    2
2 St John Paul II                                  573                                  275                             30                                         48                    5
3 St Michaels                               1,256                                  575                             74                                         46                    6
4 St Ignatius of Loyola                                  368                                  185                             30                                         50                    8
5 St Francis De Sales                                  217                                     44                               8                                         20                    4
6 St Annes                               2,694                                  355                             55                                         13                    2
7 St Marys                               1,054                                  540                             43                                         51                    4
8 St Joseph the Worker                                  552                                  221                             21                                         40                    4
9 St Stevens                                  708                                  230                             23                                         32                    3
  DIOCESE TOTALS                              8,440                               2,555                          307                                         30                    4

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