26 June 2007

Zambia: Former Archbishop of Lusaka Mung'andu Dies

Lusaka — The former Catholic Archbishop of Lusaka (1984-1996), Adrian Mung'andu, died on Monday night at Mina Medical Centre in the capital, aged 84.

He will be buried on Thursday. The requiem mass will start 0900 hrs at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus, Lusaka.

Archbishop Mung'andu was born at Kasisi, Lusaka, about 1923. He received his primary education at Kasisi and his Secondary education at Chikuni in the Southern Province, where he also qualified as a teacher. He held a Diploma in Social Science and a Pastoral course from London in the UK and Kansas City in the U.S, respectively.

In 1943 he entered the major Seminary at Chishawasha in Zimbabwe. He was ordained a priest on Oct. 29, 1950. Having been assistant parish priest at Kasisi and at Karenda, he later held the office of principal of then Kasisi Boys' School. Afterwards, he became parish priest of Chilenje Catholic Church, now known as St. Charles Lwanga.

In 1963 he was made Vicar- General of the Archdiocese of Lusaka, an office he held until 1969. In 1972, he was appointed to work in Livingstone at Maramba Catholic Parish.

Pope Paul VI appointed Mung'andu Bishop of Livingstone in 1975. He was later transferred to Lusaka Archdiocese and elevated to archbishop in 1984, a position he held until his retirement in 1996.

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