The Catholic Church in Malawi today Saturday 5th February launched the four Missionary anniversaries at St. Martin De Porres Dedza Parish. The launch was led by the National Director of Pontifical Missionary Societies in Malawi Fr. Vincent Mwakhwawa.
This year, the Catholic Church is celebrating the 400 year anniversary of the establishment of the Congregation for the Propaganda Fide, 200 years of the Foundation of the Missionary Society for the Propagation of Faith, 100 years of the establishment of Pontifical Mission Societies and 150 years of the birth of Blessed Paolo Manna, founder of the Pontifical Missionary Union.
These anniversaries, as stipulated by Pontifical Missionary Society in Malawi, are the moments of thanksgiving to God for the gift of these institutions and persons behind them that helped the Catholic Faith spread to other countries including Malawi. Through these missionary anniversaries, the Church in Malawi has an opportunity to reflect on the past Missionary activities that brought the Catholic Faith.
Among other activities that took place was a talk on Consecrated Life by Fr. Damiano Gabriel and the rite of Confession for all priests, sisters, religious brothers and the lay faithful.
After the activities and talks, Rt. Rev. Peter Adrian Chifukwa, Bishop of Diocese of Dedza, celebrated Holy Mass in St. Martin De Porres Parish.
The launch of these anniversaries was supposed to take place in Chikwawa Diocese. However, due to the damage caused by Cyclone Ana that left the main road impassable, the event was shifted to the Diocese of Dedza.
Pictures from the event below.