Religious Congregation


Diocesan Priests

Another religious congregation found in Zomba Diocese is the congregation of Diocesan Priests.

Who is a Diocesan Priest?

  • He is an ordained person, chosen and commissioned to go out and bear fruits among his own people (John 15: 16-17
  • He serves people in his country or territory (Diocese)
  • He is to love, (John 15: 12-13), self-sacrifice and self-give to the will of God (Hebrews 10: 5-10).

Requirements for one to become a Diocesan Priest

The applicant must

  • Be a Catholic, baptized, confirmed and an unmarried male
  • Enjoy good reputation and moral standing among fellow Christians
  • Posses a Malawi School Certificate of Education or its equivalent with grades as required by the Episcopal Conference of Malawi
  • N.B.: Students in Universities, Technical Colleges and other institutions of higher learning, including graduates and those already working can apply to become Diocesan Priests.

Application Procedure

The aspirant must;

  • Make his intention known to the church through the small Christian Community and the Parish Pastoral Team
  • Write an application letter about his intention in his own handwriting to the Vocations Director of Zomba Diocese.

Formation Stages

  • Spiritual Formation Centre
  • Where one year is spent on vocational discernment and deepening of spiritual life.
  • St. Anthony’s Kachebere Major Seminary
  • Where the candidate undergoes a three year course in Philosophy and Social Sciences
  • St. Peter’s Zomba Major Seminary
  • Where the candidate studies Theology for four years and follows one year of Pastoral experience
  • The candidate is ordained a deacon one year before completion of his priestly formation

Contact address 

The Vocations Director

Diocese of Zomba

P.O. Box 115,