Diaconate Ordination of the First Zambian Dominican

Diaconate Ordination of the First Zambian Dominican

The Vicariate General of Southern Africa celebrated with great joy, the diaconate ordination of the first Dominican brother from Zambia, Bro. Clement Mweni. The ordination took place on the 28th of November 2015, at St Raphael’s Parish, KwaMzimba KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Bro. Isaac Mutelo from Emaphethelweni Dominican Priory gives us the details of this historical event.

Brother Clement was ordained deacon by the Most Reverend Bishop Barry Wood, auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Durban, together with six Missionaries of Africa and two Sacred Heart of Jesus brothers, from seven different African countries. The Bishop was accompanied by Brother Sikhosiphi Mgoza, Vicar General of the Dominican Vicariate of Southern Africa, the Provincials from both the Missionaries of Africa and Sacred Heart of Jesus and lecturers from St Joseph’s Theological Institute, Cedara.

Saint Raphael’s Church was packed with religious brothers and sisters, family members, friends and many faithful from both outstations and nearby parishes. The colourful and invigorating liturgy was led by a combined choir comprising St Raphael Parish choir and brothers from the Missionaries of Africa, Dominicans and Sacred Heart of Jesus communities.

In his homily, Bishop Barry Wood highlighted the need for the diaconate candidates to be servants once they are ordained. He also encouraged them to be responsible, prayerful and focused in their new ministry.

Most of the newly ordained deacons including brother Clement will be doing their fourth year of theology at St Joseph’s Theological Institute this year.

Brother Clement Mweni did his novitiate in Cotonou, Benin Republic from 8th September 2008 to 8th September 2009. His diaconate ordination is an important historical event as he is the first Dominican from Zambia to be ordained deacon. This partly instils hope for young Zambian men intending to join the Dominican Order.

Br Isaac Mutelo, O.P.
Emaphethelweni Dominican Priory
(11 January 2016)