By Father Joseph Sikwese
On Saturday 16 June 2018 Karonga Diocese Affiliates Blantyre Chapter was launched during the Mass which was celebrated by Father Joseph Sikwese, who doubles as Bishop’s and Pastoral Secretary.
The launching ceremony took place at Chigumula in Blantyre at the residence of Justice Dustin Mwawungulu and was attended by more than 100 members.
The Vice President of Karonga Diocese Affiliates Blantyre Chapter, Mr Kalowekamo thanked Fr Sikwese for traveling all the way from Karonga to Blantyre to officially launch the grouping and assured of total commitment to support the Diocese of Karonga.
Karonga Diocese Affiliates aims at supporting pastoral and social programmes of the Diocese of Karonga. The grouping is made up of Catholics who originally come from the area within the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Karonga and those who are just interested in supporting the Diocese of Karonga.
Apart from Blantyre, Karonga Diocese Affiliates has chapters in Mzuzu and Lilongwe. In addition of supporting the 2018 Diocesan budget, Karonga Diocese Affiliates will this year also pay annual tuition fees for one major seminarian of the Diocese of Karonga.
Fr. Joseph Sikwese in his speech explained some of the Pastoral and social projects that are taking place in the Diocese of Karonga and thanked the Affiliates for the commitment they have shown in supporting the Diocese of Karonga. ” the Diocese of Karonga is very young Diocese with so many challenges ranging from few Pastoral personnel to little resources to enable it to carry out its pastoral and social Programmes, we therefore don’t take your support for granted.” explained Fr. Sikwese.