Bishop Valentine Kalumba, OMI has taken over canonical possession of Livingstone Diocese today Saturday 3 September 2016 just after being consecrated Bishop. And the consecrating Bishop, who is the outgoing ordinary, Rt. Rev. Raymond Mpezele urged the new bishop to lead the people of the Diocese by being a good shepherd following the example of Jesus Christ who remains a good shepherd. “Jesus was a good shepherd who loved his sheep both in word and action; and as a bishop, Bishop Valentine has to love Jesus and only by so doing that he will be able to feed the sheep of Jesus Christ,” Bishop Mpezele said.
And speaking on behalf of the Conference of the Catholic Bishops in Zambia (ZCCB), Archbishop Ignatius Chama, Archbishop of Kasama urges the priests, religious and the lay faithful of Livingstone Diocese to cooperate with their new shepherd by supporting him both spiritually and materially. Representing the Universal Church, was the Nuncio to Zambia and Malawi, H.E. Julio Murat who thanked Bishop Mpezele now emeritus for the general pastoral ministry he has rendered to Livingstone Diocese for the last 31 years. The consecration mass was held on the grounds of Christ the King, Maramba Parish. It was attended by various bishops from within Zambia and abroad, various priests and religious brothers and sisters, traditional chiefs, civic leaders and lay faithful.
Livingstone Diocese covers the southern part of Zambia approximately 58,200 sq kms. Bishop Raymond Mpezele now emeritus has been the ordinary since 1985.