Zambia

Zambia Mission The Beginning

 

The pioneers

 

Fr. Jacob Paxy Alumkal OCD

Fr. Francis Gladwin Maliekkal OCD

Fr. Joseph Balummel OCD

Fr. George Robin Koyimmakkattu OCD

 

Zambia is a vast land of 752,617 km located in the south eastern Africa with an estimated population of 1,13,00,000. Zambia is a Christian nation since 1996. Total number of the Catholics in the country is above 32,74,000 that is about the 30 percentage of the total population. Catholicism was brought here by three French Missionaries of Africa called as White Fathers in 1891. At present the Catholic Church in Zambia is flourished into ten dioceses.

 

His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. George Z. Lungu, the bishop of Chipata, invited our Order to establish a mission in his diocese which is located in the Eastern provinces of the country. The General Definitory in turn requested the Province of Manjummel to establish the foundation there and we wholeheartedly and generously accepted the mission.

 

On January 18, 2013 then Provincial Rev. Fr. Jacob Palliparambil OCD with Fr. Benny Acharuparambil OCD set out for the visits to Malawi and Zambia.

 

On January 17 2014 four of our priests, the pioneers of the Zambia mission, Fr. Jacob Paxy Alumkal OCD, Fr. Joseph Balummel OCD, Fr. Francis Gladwin Maliekkal OCD and Fr. George Robin Koyimmakkattu OCD reached Zambia to establish the new mission.