Most Rev. George Desmond Tambala OCD was appointed Archbishop of the Diocese of Lilongwe on 15 October 2021 and was installed on 27th November 2021. He is also the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Zomba.
His Motto is ‘Dives in Misericordia’ – God Rich in Mercy Eph2:4.
Most Rev. Bishop George Desmond Tambala was born in Zomba on 11 November 1968.
From 1983 to 1987 he attended secondary education at the Child Jesus Nankhunda Minor Seminary in Zomba and later attended the Inter-Congregational Seminary (ICS) of Philosophy in Balaka district.
In 1996 he entered the Novitiate in the Discalced Carmelites Order and made his first religious profession on 31 July 1991. After his theological studies at Tangaza College in Nairobi, Kenya. He was ordained priest on 13 April 1996 at Chiphaso Parish in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe.
He completed the specialization courses at Teresa-St John of Avila International Centre, and in 2000 he obtained a licentiate in theology at the Faculty of Northern Spain.
Bishop Tambala has held the following positions: Parochial Vicar in Kapiri-Archdiocese of Lilongwe (1996-2002); Postulants Master in Balaka and teacher of Spirituality (2000-2002); Provincial Delegate Superior in the mission of the Province of San Joaquin of Navarre in Malawi (2002-2008); Superior of the House of Spirituality of Nyungwe-Blantyre. From 2009 until now, he is Definitor General in Charge of Africa and Madagascar and the Order of Discalced Carmelites.
The Holy Father Pope Francis during the feast of Saint Teresa of Avila at noontime in the Vatican City announced the appointment of Most Reverend George Desmund Tambala as the new Bishop for Zomba Diocese.
He speaks English, Chichewa, Yao, Swahili, Italian, Spanish and French.