Bishop Justin Mulenga has taken over Episcopal possession of Mpika Diocese after he was consecrated bishop at the Eucharist celebration in the Cathedral grounds of Mpika Diocese on 12th March, 2016.
Speaking during Mass, Archbishop Ignatius Chama who was until then Apostolic Administrator of Mpika Diocese, urged Bishop Justin to take the role he has assumed in the Church as that of service to the people of God. “This title of Bishop you get is that of service and not that of honour. As a bishop, strive to benefit others rather than load it over them. For you will work in the name of Jesus who came to serve and not to be served and that, others have life to the full by laying down his life, Archbishop Chama said.
And Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) Vice-President Bishop Alick Banda has requested the faithful of Mpika Diocese to receive their new shepherd Bishop Justin as a gift from God. “What is needed is that we accept him without making comparisons to others, but acknowledging his gifts and talents he brings to the diocese of Mpika. He never chose himself. God chose him and he has come to the diocese as a servant,” Bishop Banda noted.
And the Apostolic Nuncio to Zambia and Malawi, Archbishop Julio Murati reminded the new consecrated Bishop that the faithful of Mpika diocese expect to work with him as their shepherd.
“I am certain that you will find the priests, the religious and the catechists as effective collaborators in the announcing of the good news. The priests and the religious are waiting to be guided by the bishop. The elderly are looking forward to have word of consolation from you. The families and the youths expect you to show them the way, the truth and life,” Archbishop Murati said.
Among those who attended the consecration mass, was the Republican President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, Civic leaders, traditional leaders, political leaders and a throng of Christians, priests and religious from all corners of Zambia as well as Tanzania and Congo. In his speech, President Lungu asked the church to continue to pray and preach peace for the country, Zambia.