Anglican Bishop Tengatenga bids farewell Sunday as resignation notice draws this month in Malawi

Southern Malawi Diocesan Bishop  Alinafe Kalemba

Southern Malawi Diocesan Bishop Alinafe Kalemba

The Anglican Diocese of Southern Malawi has set Sunday December 8 2013 as the day His Lordship Dr. James Tengatenga will bid farewell to the Anglican Communion which he led for the past 15 years as a Bishop.

The Synod Elective Assembly witnessed the nomination process of Reverend Canon Alinafe Kalemba on August 24 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Blantyre before going the process of confirmation on October 4 at the St. Michael’s and All Angels Cathedral in Zambia, and finally allowing the Provincial Bishop to preside over the consecration on October 27 at Country Club Limbe, Malawi.

But the process is not yet over for Reverend Alinafe Lawrence Kalemba to assume the office of the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Southern Malawi, News Time Africa can report.

Under the Canon law, there can never be two Bishops in an Anglican Diocese at a time and since Bishop Dr. James Tengatenga officially steps down this month, the outgoing Bishop is this Sunday bidding farewell at his Pastoral office at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The enthronement of his replacement, the Right Reverend Kalemba is scheduled for December 22 2013, Newstime Africa has learnt.

The Service that will bestow Reverend Kalemba the powers of the Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Malawi will be at the Diocese’s Cathedral in Blantyre where the new Bishop will be given the Bishop’s Stick and let to sit on the official Chair (Throne) to symbolize the enthronement into the service of a Bishop of the Diocese.

At the consecration ceremony where the Most Reverend Albert Chama, Bishop of the Province of Central Africa, under which 15 Dioceses from Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana fall, Registrar Gilbert Chibesakunda, and Diocesan Chancellor Justice also discharged their duties.

All the clergy who spoke on the consecration ceremony appreciated the fact that there were no reservations in the choice of the people to take the Throne.

The 46-year old Kalemba is married and the couple has two children. He was ordained to Priesthood in 1994 and holds a Master of Arts (Theological Research) Degree from Durham University, UK and a Bachelor of Arts (Theology) Degree from the University of Malawi.

In his brief speech, the outgoing Bishop appealed for continued support to the clergy and the Bishop.

In his immediate reaction in August, Revd. Kalemba said he was humbled to be entrusted with such a challenging responsibility and was ready to serve in that capacity.

The Anglican Church in Malawi has four dioceses but in the Central Africa Province it has 15.

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