New Chapter of Malawi
The Supreme Council of the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul in the meeting of Wednesday 17 March, 2021 establish a chapter in Malawi, Africa by appointing Fr. Joseph Sikwese as knight and Prior.
Fr. Joseph is the Chancellor for the Diocese of Karonga.
Chevalier Rev. Fr. Joseph Sikwese - Prior.
Investiture of new knights
On the Solemnity of the feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, 29th June 2021, Fr Joseph Sikwese and Fr. Joseph Mkinga took the oath of the Confraternity at St Joseph the Worker Cathedral Parish at the Mass which was presided over by Msgr. Denis Chitete, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Karonga.
Congratulations to the new knights.
Blessings of the Lord.
Chevalier Rev. Fr Joseph Mkinga Deputy Prior
Parish of St Martin de Porres
By Chevalier Rev. Fr. Joseph Sikwese
Greetings from Malawi.
I write to share with you my joy about the first Cofirmands in my parish. My Parish, St Martin de Porres, was established on 2 April 2021 from St Steven’s Parish. I was asked to be a caretaker Parish Priest. I work in the parish during weekends, and yesterday was pleased to confirm 45 Christians. I was delegated by the Bishop. It was a beautiful celebration.
Wishing you God's blessings.
St Joseph the Worker Cathedral
Diocese of Karonga
By Chevalier Rev. Fr. Joseph Mkinga
Curate at St Joseph the Worker Cathedral.
St Joseph the Worker Cathedral Parish is a cathedral of the Catholic diocese of Karonga found in the Northern part of Malawi which is a landlocked country in South Eastern Africa with a size of about 118,000 square kilometers. Malawi is bordered by Tanzania to the North East, Zambia to the North West and Mozambique to the South East and South West. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. Though we tirelessly preach about self-reliance, we must admit that Malawians are far behind economically.
The Diocese of Karonga was created from the Diocese of Mzuzu on 21 st July, 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. On the latter date the first Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Rev. Martin Mtumbuka was also consecrated. Before its creation, the whole area that is now covered by this new Diocese was the Northern Deanery of Mzuzu Diocese.
St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral Parish was created on 5 th November 2016 at a solemn Mass which was presided over by Fernando Cardinal Filoni, the Prefect of Propaganda Fide, when the Cathedral was also consecrated. Before its creation, what is now St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral Parish was part of St. Mary’s Parish, Karonga.
Our recent statistics show that St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral Parish has 4,460 Catholic Christians. And we have 369 Catechumens. Every year the number of Catholics continues to grow.
At the moment the Parish has a total of 23 Churches which are clustered into 8 Out-Stations and 3 Zones. We have 52 Small Christian Communities. There are two Priests, a nun, three trained Catechists and many Lay Christian Leaders ministering in the Parish at the local level.
1. THE PASTORAL SITUATION IN ST JOSEPH THE WORKER CATHEDRAL PARISH
The Catholic presence in the bigger part of this parish is not significant. There is a stronger presence of other Christian denominations like, Church of Central African Presbyterian(CCAP), Lutheran and other Churches of Evangelical origins.
There are also local African Independent Churches like the Blackmans Church and Ngemera. The presence of the Catholic Church is thus under serious challenge.
The area under the jurisdiction of St Joseph the Worker Cathedral parish is one of the most underdeveloped places in Malawi as it can be seen by poor road network. The people in the area live on a less than a dollar a day. They earn their living through subsistence farming. Because of poor farming methods they do not produce enough food. During the months of January, February and March there is acute food shortages. The Diocese is engaged in uplifting the socio-economic life of the people through the Caritas Commission. The Caritas Commission is involved in different interventions in the area of livelihood, justice and peace, Health and education. As such, we cannot expect such Christians to support their priests and contribute to the development of the parish. However, the Christians under this parish do their best to support the parish with the little they have.
The area under St Joseph the worker Cathedral Parish has very insignificant Catholic presence. Even amongst the Catholics in the area there are signs of weak faith: numerous cases of lapsed catholic Christians or families, polygamy, divorce, killings of people with albinism, killings of people suspected of witchcraft and violence.
Amongst those Catholics that come to Church, few receive sacraments of the Eucharist, Anointing, Confession and marry in the Church. Due to lack of proper catechesis, a good number of Christians do not appreciate the importance of sacraments in their Christian life. The parish is territorially very wide with a poor road network.