The Diocese of Livingstone in Zambia joyfully welcomed Bishop Valentine KALUMBA at his episcopal ordination on 3 September 2016. Ordaining the 49 year-old Oblate to his new office was his predecessor, Bishop Emeritus Raymond Mpezele. The principal co-consecrators were Bishop George Cosmas Zumaire Lungu, Bishop of Chipata, and Bishop Clement Mulenga, S.D.B., Bishop of Kabwe.
Bishop Mpezele urged his young successor to lead the people of the diocese by being a good shepherd after the example of Jesus: “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.”
The ordination was attended by bishops from within Zambia and abroad, Bishop Valentine’s Oblate confreres, many 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.