THYOLO, Malawi - On 18th June 2016 Deacons Anthony Daniel Chilolo, smm and Peter Alinafe Makina, smm were ordained as priests at Mvumbwe parish by His Grace archbishop Thomas Msusa, smm, archbishop of Blantyre.
The colorful ordination Mass began with the blessing of a grotto dedicated to Our Lady. The parish was also celebrating its patron saints, the Ugandan martyrs. The function attracted hundreds of people from all corners of Malawi particularly the parishioners of the hosting parish led by Fr Jacob Otieno Ombidi, smm as its parish priest.
In his sermon His Grace Rt Rev. Thomas Msusa integrated the three occasions as events vivifying the graces of God to his own people. The archbishop bemoaned the savagely cruel killings and hatred against people with albinism and continued by giving pieces of advice to the two candidates to priesthood quoting the day’s Gospel reading Lk 10: 1-9: “My dear brothers Anthony and Peter ‘Take no purse with you, no haversack, no sandals… Stay in the same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer.’ Keep your Montfortian identity, be firm in faith just like the twenty four young Ugandans who faced martyrdom.”
In his speech, Fr Felix Mabvuto Phiri, smm, Superior Delegate congratulated the newly ordained priests and assigned them to serve in the following communities: Fr Anthony to serve at St Louis Montfort - Balaka parish while Fr. Makina, to be in Nantipwiri community.
Fr Anthony Daniel Chilolo, smm was born on 3rd March 1985 at Mulura Village T/A Genela, Phalombe. He hails from Phalombe parish, archdiocese of Blantyre. His motto is “You must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).
Fr. Peter Alinafe Makina, smm was born on 2nd December 1984 at Kachingwe village T/A Chikowi zomba. He is from Magomero Parish, Zomba Diocese. Fr Peter’s motto is "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life" (John 6: 68).
Both Fathers were ordained deacons on 12th December, 2015 at St Louis Montfort Parish Balaka and made their Perpetual Profession on 11th December, 2015 at Montfort Media Chapel.
-Fr. Jailos Mpina, smm