Vice President Chilima urges the Catholic Church to be financially independent

Dedza: Malawi’s Vice President Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima has urged the Catholic Church to be financially independent if it is to sustain its development initiatives.

Chilima speaking during the 50th Anniversary Celebration of St. Kizito Minor Seminary in Traditional Authority Kachere in Dedza District.

The Vice President observed that some entities of the Catholic Church, like St Kizito Seminary, was operating smoothly which he said needed to be sustained.

Chilima, therefore, applauded the priests tasked with day to day operations of St. Kizito Seminary and teaching the students, for doing a commendable job.

I would like to commend the board members of St. Kizito for ably managing finances of the seminary over the years which has made the institution to sustain its operations for 50 years.

Let me ask all Catholic institutions to be financially independent and avoid corruption that may lead the institutions into bankruptcy, appealed Chilima.

He reminded the gathering at the function that financial prudence and independence are vital for the survival of any institution, including the church.

On a different note, the Vice President promised to support the seminary with sports attire for football, volleyball, and basketball.

In his remarks, Archbishop Tarsizio Ziyaye of Lilongwe Archdiocese, a former student of the seminary himself, asked parents not to force their children to become priests, saying priesthood is a calling from God.

“The reason why we have a number of problems in our seminaries, like dropouts and misconduct, is because a good number of our children are forced by their parents to become priests, it is not by their own choices, Ziyaye said.

Ziyaye also thanked Chilima for always being part of the church activities and always responding to invitations from the church.

Also speaking during the commemoration, Fr. John Chothonje who is the Diocesan administrator for Dedza Diocese also commended the Vice President for being part of such a memorable event in the history of the Catholic Church in the country.

He observed that Chilima is one of the dedicated members who gives generously to the church and asked Christians from all the eight dioceses in the country to emulate his example.

St Kizito Minor Seminary was established in 1968 by the late Rt. Rev. Cornelius Chitsulo, the first bishop of Dedza Diocese and to date, the seminary has trained 1000 students and produced 90 priests that are serving in different catholic parishes in the country.

The celebrations gathered bishops, priests, nuns, government officials, Members of Parliament and Christians from all the dioceses across the country.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA