By Ignatius Mvula
After waiting for almost a year,
Christians of Wiliro Zone under St Joseph the Worker Cathedral, were all smiles
at Bishop Martin Anwel Mtumbuka consecrated St Pius XI Prayer House on 10th
November, 2019. The official opening of the Church drew hundreds of Christians
from other with the jurisdiction of the Cathedral parish.
In his homily, Bishop Mtumbuka
reminded the faithful of the significance of this church building as house of
prayer. He was quick to warn the faithful that the church is the presence of
God among them. He stressed that the church house is not like any other house
because it is a house where people meet God and God meets His people.
“My dear brothers and sisters gathered
here and all of you who are following us on our radio, get it very clearly here,
this house of prayer has unique role in our Christian life, it is the presence
of God among us,”
“We must always bear in mind that
our hearts, too, are supposed to be the dwelling place of God. We must strive
to live a life of holiness,” said the Bishop.
Commenting on the role of the
faithful in the construction of the church, Bishop Mtumbuka expressed gratitude
for this real sign of cultivating a self reliant church.
Speaking on behalf of the
faithful of the St Joseph the Worker, Mons Denis Chitete thanked the Bishop for
dedicating the prayer house. He also appreciated the contributions of all
people towards the construction of the church.
The Catholic faith reached Wiliro
in 1945, through the missionary work of Missionaries of Africa, also known as
White Fathers. The Missionaries of Africa are this year celebrating 150 years
of missionary work in Africa.