Bishop Richard Edmund Pates to Visit the Diocese of Karonga; Already Landed in the Country

By Rev. Fr. Joseph Moloka Sikwese

The Diocese of Karonga is waiting eagerly for the visit of Rt. Rev.  Richard Edmund Pates, Bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines in the United States of America.  Bishop Pates will be visiting the Diocese of Karonga from 27th July to 30th July 2017. Meanwhile, Bishop Pates, travelling with Mr Mathew Sweeney  already arrived in Malawi in the afternoon of 26th July, 2017 through Kamuzu International Airp

Bishop Pates, Mr Sweeney, Bishop Mtumbuka and Sr Custom at KIA soon after the arrival of the visitors

ort where he was received by Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga Diocese among other dignitaries.

Some forty years ago, when Bishop Pates was a deacon and student in Rome, he once served at St. Mary’s Parish in Karonga. His visit is a clear testament of the cordial relationship which exists between the Diocese of Des Moines and the Diocese of Karonga.  Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of the Diocese of Karonga, also visited the Diocese of Des Moines last year.

During the visit, Bishop Pates will celebrate the Eucharist with the Christians of Zambwe Outstation in Chitipa (28th July), launch the new Catechism of the Diocese of Karonga at St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral (29th July) and celebrate the Holy Eucharist at St. Mary’s Parish (30th July).

Brief Profile of Bishop Richard Edmund Pates

9th and current Bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines.

Born:  February 12, 1943), Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

Education: Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity

Ordination: December 20, 1968

Vocation Director of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis: 1970 – 1974

Vice-Chancellor: 1973 – 1975

Secretary of the Apostolic Delegation to the U.S.A in Washington, D.C.: 1975 – 1981

Rector of St. John Vianney Seminary: 1981-1987

Moderator for Minneapolis Deaneries Council of Catholic Women: 1990-1998

Founding Pastor of St. Ambrose of Woodbury Church: 1998 – 2001

Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis: 22 December 2000

Consecration: March 26, 2001

Appointed of Des Moines: April 10, 2008


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