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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 12:54

Catholic Priests are not gold, bank accounts- Bishop Tambala

Written by  Synd Kalimbuka
Priests and Deacons lying face down as part of the ordination process. Priests and Deacons lying face down as part of the ordination process. Pic by Synd Kalimbuka-Mana

Zomba, July 16, 2019: Bishop of Zomba Diocese Reverend George Desmond Tambala has appealed to parents and relatives to clearly understand what it means to bring their children to the priestly altar.

Bishop Tambala said this on Saturday at Zomba Cathedral during the ordination of three priests and three deacons.

“When children are ordained, some parents and relatives take them as gold, bank accounts or investments expecting that they will be getting their needs from them,” said Tambala.

The bishop said the behaviour disturbs priests since they start thinking of how to assist the parents and relatives instead of showing their commitment to God.

Bishop Tambala said for example, when parents and relatives start calling for assistance such as school fees and money to buy food and other luxuries from their sons who are priests, they completely disturb them to the extent that the latter start thinking of their parents.

He therefore appealed to parents and relatives to let the priests serve God because they had handed them over to God.

Talking to the newly ordained priests, Bishop Tambala advised them to keep their hands clean by being close to God and serving those who are vulnerable, disabled and rejected.

Bishop Tambala ordained deacons Peter Chiopsa, Petro Chilumpha and Fortune Gondwe as new priests who have been assigned to different parishes within and outside the diocese.

He also ordained Brother Bernard Maganga, Damian Abraham and Innocent Mwanoka as new deacons.

Fr. Peter Chiopsa, who has been assigned to Magomero Parish of Zomba Diocese, promised to be committed to God’s work and abide by all pieces of advice from the bishop, episcopes and fellow priests.

After eight years of priesthood preparation, the newly ordained priests are expected to start their work in their respective parishes on August 15, this year (2019).