The Diaconate Ordination of Br Myke MWALE OP, from the Vicariate General of Southern Africa


It was surely a great and meritorious event for the Vicariate General of Southern Africa as Brother Myke MWALE, OP was ordained to the diaconate, together with seven brothers from the Missionaries of Mariannhill, and one Franciscan brother from the Third Order Regular. The event took place on Sunday, 28th September 2014, between 10am and 1pm at Abbot Francis Pfanner House in Merrivale, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The imposition of hands and prayer of ordination were officiated by Bishop Zolile Mpambani, SCJ, Bishop of the diocese of Kokstad, South Africa. Not even the persistent rain that pelted Merrivale could stop these ordinations. Before Mass, Fr Immanuel Ndlovhu, CMM who was master of ceremony remarked: “ordinations that are done when it is raining are normally the best.”

The Bishop was accompanied by our own Fr Sikhosiphi Mgoza, OP, Vicar General of the Dominican Vicariate of Southern Africa, a few provincials and delegates from other religious congregations, lecturers from St Joseph’s Theological Institute (the institute where Br Myke Mwale did his Theology) and other priests. In his homily, Bishop Mpambani highlighted the need for the diaconate candidates to be servants once they are ordained. He also encouraged them to be both prayerful and focused in their new ministry and responsibility.

The tent where the ordination took place was packed with religious brothers, sisters and many faithful from nearby parishes. Of particular importance were Br Myke Mwale’s aunt who came to witness the event all the way from Zimbabwe, elder sister from Cape Town, friends, former classmates from St Joseph’s Theological Institute and Dominican brothers. There were also Dominican Sisters from Montebello Dominican Community, Sister Monica from Zimbabwe and lay Dominicans, including the Zimbabwean Catholic Community from Pietermaritzburg and Durban which also graced the occasion. The event was also embroidered by a group of young girls and boys who danced during the entrance hymn, procession of the gifts, and the exit hymn. The colourful and invigorating liturgy was led by a combined choir which was made up of various religious congregations and parishes around Merrivale, including most Dominican students from Emaphethelweni Dominican Priory, Pietermaritzburg. The Mass ended around 1pm after which food was served despite persistent rain.

Brother Myke Mwale was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. He did his Novitiate in 2008-2009 in Cotonou, Benin Republic, Dominican Vice-Province of St Augustine in West Africa. He is currently stationed at St Dominic’s Community in Welkom, Kroonstad diocese, South Africa, where he is involved in the training of permanent deacons and catechism teaching. He is preparing for his new assignment in Johannesburg.

Br Isaac Mutelo, OP.


(01 October 2014)