Malawians have called upon each other to emulate the life and stewardship of late Emeritus Catholic Bishop Felix Mkhori who during his life endeavored to fulfill his call and stood for the truth. Bishop Mkhori, 81, died at a hospital in Blantyre Monday and was laid to rest Wednesday October 31 2012 at Mzimu Woyera Seminary Cemetery in Chikhwawa district where eulogies un veiled that the late Bishop was a strong personality who acted as a universal pillar.
Malawi President Joyce Banda described the late Bishop Mkhori as not only a pillar for the Catholic Church but the nation as a whole, thanking God for the man who lived his priestly life to the word, championed change in the country and advocated for good governance without fear or favors.
“Bishop Mkhori served God and the country y unwaveringly, and I urge fellow Malawians not to stop remembering his good works but rather emulate his life and stewardship,” urged the Malawi leader, who also portrayed the late Mkhori as someone who was conversant with the word of God and displayed courage when speaking the truth for the sake of the nation.
The late Bishop Mkhori was the chairperson of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, the mother body of all Catholic dioceses; during the issuing of the landmark pastoral letter during the one party rule that accelerated change on the political landscape in Malawi. “As Malawians, there is need to accept criticisms leveled against us when we are in the wrong and to celebrate if we are moving in the right direction together as a nation with hope and faith,” the Malawi leader challenged.
In his eulogy, the current chairperson for the Episcope Conference of Malawi Bishop Joseph Zuza described the late Mkhori as an initiator of development activities, as such; his death is a setback to both the Church and the nation. In addition, the Arch Bishop of Lilongwe Diocese, where the late Mkhori retired at, Bishop Remi Ste-Marie described the death of Mkhori as a big blow, saying he was a pillar in the church and well dedicated.
Family spokesperson pointed out that death had robbed the kinfolk of a pillar whom who they relied on. “This is a sad moment to us because Felix was a pillar, who we all relied upon,” he said.
The Malawi president led thousands of mourners that not only comprised the Roman Catholic community but other denominations in paying their last respect to the late Emeritus Bishop Mkhori.
Notable public figures included the former official hostess Cecilia Tamanda Kadzamila, the Right Reverend Professor Silas Ncozana of the Church of Central African Presbyterian, the Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo, Speaker of National Assembly Henry Chimunthu Banda, former first lady Calista Mutharika, and Democratic Progressive Party president Peter Mutharika
Born Felix Eugenio Mkhori on August 24 in 1931, the late Emeritus Bishop was ordained priest on September 8, 1961 and was consecrated Bishop on January 8,1978 and served as Bishop of Chikhwawa until January 23, 2001 when he became Bishop of the Diocese of Lilongwe.
Bishop Mkhori retired from the pastoral office in 2007 on July 4 and lived at St. Montfort in Nchalo, and his requiem mass, that had the honor of thousands of Catholic faithful including the Papal envoy Monsignor Bert Van Megen, Catholic Bishops and priests was led by the Bishop Peter Musikuwa of Chikhwawa diocese, who also expressed gratitude to the Lilongwe Diocese for accepting that the late Bishop Mkhori be buried in Chikhwawa where he had chosen as his resting place.
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