The consecration of the new Bishop for Dedza Diocese, Father Peter Adrian Chifukwa, will take place on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

The diocese’s Communications Secretary, Father Joseph Billiat, confirmed to Malawi News Agency on Monday, saying all preparations for the ceremony are almost done.

He said the function will take place at Bembeke Demonstration School ground in Dedza and that all COVID-19 measures will be adhered to.

He said the Pope’s Envoy, Apostolic Nuncio for Malawi and Zambia His Excellency Most Reverend Gianfranco Gallone, will be in attendance with His Lordship Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa of the Blantyre Archdiocese being the principal consecrator.

Billiat also said both, President Lazarus Chakwera and the Vice-President, Saulos Chilima, have confirmed to attend the function.

Head of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Francis, appointed Father Chifukwa as the new Bishop for Dedza Diocese on May 8, 2021, following the death of Bishop Emmanuel Kanyama in 2018.

Born on August 27, 1973 in Msampha Village, Traditional Authority Kaphuka in Dedza, Fr Chifukwa was ordained priest on June 12, 2004.

He has since served the diocese in several capacities including being parish priest, Bishop’s Secretary and Rector for St Kizito Minor Seminary.

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