By Eric Norman Mkwaira:
The National Task force for the Sub-Region Conference of Bishops of Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe has started its first preparatory meeting on May 17th, 2023, at Maula Parish in Lilongwe, Malawi.
The aim of the meeting was to review the role of the task force specifically the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), and other structures and its membership.
The Task Force consists of the ECM Secretariate; the Bishops and Secretary General, and its Technical Committee, National Organizing Committee; Archdiocesan Curia, AWRIM, AMRIM and the Laity Council, and Archdiocesan Celebrations Committee and Liturgical Commision (Lilongwe).
Speaking after the meeting, Deputy Secretary General for the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, Fr Valeriano Mtseka commended the meeting saying it will help in preparing the Sub-Region Conference which will start with a Eucharistic celebration at Maula Cathedral on Monday 17th July 2023.
Fr Mtseka added that the conference will help the three countries; Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, to build a bond as it has happened in the past during the colonial era. He further said that the bond will among others help the church in these countries to easily share experiences in as far as Pastoral work is concerned.
“We want to make sure that we enhance the pastoral collaboration that should be there, for example we could have seminarians from Malawi have their formation in Zimbabwe, we could have seminarians from Zambia have their formations here in Malawi,” he added.
The meeting has helped in selecting some members to lead the Task Force.
The bishops of the three countries are expected to discuss issues that closely affect the Sub-Region.
The plenary meetings of the Sub-Region Conference of Bishops of Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe started last year in Zambia. This second one will take place here in Malawi from 17 July to 22 July 2023.