Pope Francis of the Catholic Church has appointed Reverend Father John Alphonsus Ryan of the Missionary Society of St. Patrick as Bishop for the Mzuzu Diocese replacing Joseph Zuza who died in a car accident on January 15, 2015 in Mzimba.
In a statement released Tuesday, the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) says the appointment is with effect from Tuesday.
Signed by Secretary General Father Henry Saindi, the statement says Ryan who is an Irish Mathematics Professor currently lecturing at the Mzuzu University (Mzuni) remains bishop-elect until he is ordained.
“The Reverend Monsignor Michael Albert Mughogho, Diocesan Administrator of Mzuzu, remains in charge of the Diocese until the new Bishop will take possession of the Episcopal See of Mzuzu,” reads the statement in part.
When contacted for comment on the new development Monsignor Mughogho said the diocese is excited to have Reverend Ryan since it has stayed long without a father figure.
“Today is a joyful day to all the Catholics in the Mzuzu Diocese because we finally have a parent who we can all look up to. As the nation is aware Catholic Christians in the city were orphaned early last year after the tragic death of our father Bishop Zuza, so finally God has wiped our tears and answered our prayer,” said Mughogho.
According to Mughogho, Ryan who has been serving in the diocese since 1978 is a dedicated minister of the gospel and will be ordained in July this year.
“Several names were suggested for the Pope, and after the screening process Vatican settled for Ryan and we feel blessed to have him as our new bishop,” he added.
Reading from t h e Mzuni website, until his appointment Ryan served as a priest at St-Augustine Parish and the University where he is also chaplain for the Catholic community.
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