The First Dominican Friar from Zambia makes his Solemn Profession in the Order

Dominicans of the Vicariate General of Southern Africa
Clement MWENI, OP

It was a joy-filled and blessed event for the Dominicans of the Vicariate General of Southern Africa as brother Clement MWENI, OP, the first Dominican from Zambia made his Solemn Profession in the Order of Preachers. The event took place on Monday the 8th of September 2014, on the solemnity of the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There was during a Solemn Mass incorporated with Vespers, and presided over by fr. Joseph Falkiner, OP in the chapel of Emaphethelweni Priory in Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu-Natal, South Africa.

Brother Clement made his profession for life into the hands of fr. Joseph Falkiner, the prior of this convent, standing in place of fr. Sikhosiphi Mgoza, the Vicar General of the Dominican Vicariate of Southern African. Friar Joseph Falkiner was accompanied by fr. Pheko Thinane, the student master, fr. Mark James and other friars.

The chapel of this formation house – the studentate of the Vicariate, was packed with brother Clement's friends, colleagues, his sister who came all the way from Zambia and others who were witnessing a Dominican profession for the first time in many years in Pietermaritzburg. Dominican Sisters from Montebello (Kwa-Zulu-Natal) also graced this occasion, together with other sisters from other Religious Congregations from Cedara – the Institute where our brothers study.

In his homely, fr. Joseph Falkiner explained the meaning of the commitment that brother Clement was about to take. He also highlighted that such a decision was not only a free commitment to the Dominican Order but to the whole Church.

It was a colourful liturgy led by the Dominican student brothers of Emaphethelweni Priory, with brother Ezekiel Rivuzimana (Provincial Vicariate of Rwanda and Burundi), on the guitar, and brother Edward as the choir master.

We thank brother Mike Mwale, OP from the Vicariate General of Southern Africa for proving this information. Our special and thousands thanks go to the Dominicans Missionary Sisters of Sacred Heart of Jesus in Zambia, who promote Dominican vocations for the Friars, as they are not yet present in the country, and send them to South Africa. Thanks to them, many young Zambians join the Order of Preachers. Thank you for this collaboration. We hope that very soon, the Friars will also plant their tent in Zambia, as the Dominican Nuns have done it recently in the diocese of Kabwe. In fact two friars from the Province of Saint Joseph the Worker, Nigeria and Ghana go to Zambia this month of September 2014, for an exploratory visit.

Fr. Gabriel Samba, OP


(18 September 2014)