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Catholic Missions Work in Malawi

Population: 17,964,697
Percent Below Poverty Line: 53%

Malawi is a landlocked country in central Africa with about 18 million people, 85% of which live in rural areas. The Catholic Diocese of Karonga located in Northern Malawi was founded on July 20, 2010 by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in order to address the growing Catholic population in the area. Of the 500,000 people located in the Diocese of Karonga 14%, which is about 65,000 people, are Catholic. The diocese has 15 priests serving almost 4,500 people each.

Explore the tabs below to learn more about the project in Malawi.

Diocese of Karonga

Training Pastoral Agents

The Mission of Karonga

Training session for Catholic priests in Malawi

The Diocese of Karonga was recently established in Malawi, Central East Africa. It covers 4,633 square miles. Currently, it has seven parishes, and 15 priests who serve 308 miles each, by car that’s a six hour car ride over mountainous unpaved road, by foot it’s a twenty day walk to get from one side of their parish to the other.

With only 15 priests to serve the entire diocese, the diocese cannot open more parishes to lessen the distances within parishes and between. In order to ease the challenges of the pastoral presence of the priests parishes are divided into Outstations which are run by lay leaders.

With the support of Catholic World Mission and our donors, the Diocese of Karonga is engaging in socio-economic uplift of the lives of the people they serve. We believe that it is not enough to preach the Gospel without attending to their socio-economic needs. In underdeveloped places in Malawi over 60% of the people live on less than a dollar per day!

It’s common for food shortages to occur in the winter months, and for floods to damage crops in the summer. The program is in line with the Council of Fathers of the Second Vatican Council says, “The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ.” (Gaudium et Spes, No. 1) This program aims to strengthen the capacity of pastoral agents in order to have efficient and effective collaboration in their pastoral activities while helping them address their socioeconomic needs.

Catholic Missionary training new priests in Malawi

Training Pastoral Agents (Continued)

What Do the Participants from St. Anne’s Say?

“The session is very good.  I have learnt that as a Christian, I have responsibilities in the Church. I have been empowered participate actively in the mission of evangelization.” – Thomas Mtonga, Chairperson of St. Anne’s Pastoral Zone.

“Before my baptism, I underwent the Catechumenate, but it was not enough. There were so many things I did not know.  This training workshop has been good, it has built confidence in me as a leader in the Church.” – Patrick Kanyimbo, Vice Chairperson of Wovwe Pastoral Zone

“What I can say about this training session is that it has added a lot of value on me as a leader and a Christian” – William Ng’ambi, Secretary of Mulowe LPC

“I am a convert from CCAP, and I did not understand much about the Catholic Church.  The training session has helped me to understand better the role of the laity in the Church and Society at large.” – Maria Kamanga, Treasurer of Mulowe Pastoral Zone

“This session has been very fruitful.  There are somethings as leader, I took them for granted, but now I will change for the better.  We need to be holding such sessions regularly, they will build a better church.” – Moses Nyirenda, Secretary of Hangalawe Zone

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“Dear Young People… Do not be afraid to go and to bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent. The Church needs you, your enthusiasm, your creativity and the joy that is so characteristic of you.”
– Pope Francis, 28th World Youth Day, Waterfront of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Sunday, 28 July 2013

Archdiocese of Blantyre

Local Youth – Faith Leadership Training Program

Their Story

Catholic Archbishop with Young People in Malawi

The Church in Malawi is Alive!

The Archdiocese of Blantyre is planning to empower young adults to embrace their faith! Many young people in the archdiocese are enthusiastic to serve, but good will and enthusiasm are not enough to catechize everyone. The Archdiocese of Blantyre is ready to equip young people by investing the time and energy into training them in the faith. Young people are our most valuable asset to the Catholic Church and its future. Your financial investment in the future of the Church ensures a holier future.

“Dear young people, the Church expects great things of you and your generosity. Don’t be afraid to aim high.”

– Pope Francis, May 23, 2013

Local Youth – Career Clinics Program

Their Story

Malawi Career Clinic Funded By Catholic World Mission

Father Frank Mwinganyama is the Youth Chaplin for the Archdiocese of Blantyre. He offers pastoral care to the youth in Blantyre’s eight deaneries, secondary schools, colleges, and to young people in the diocese. In the archdiocese alone there are approximately one and a half million practicing Catholics; half of whom are young people!

Fr. Frank developed a program inviting the young people to come and learn and grow as leaders in our Catholic faith. Recently, while hosting a Youth Rally in one of the remotest regions of the Archdiocese, Fr. Frank witnessed another great need amongst the young people.

Many young people in the remote regions do not have access or the ability to attend higher education. Many fall into early marriage per the culture, and not knowing they have greater options for their future. With lack of education these early marriages either end or the couple lives in continuous poverty just like their parents and generations before them.

Fr. Frank has a plan! Mentorship Clinics and Career Sessions. Click here to read more.

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