BLANTYRE–The Holy Father Pope Francis on Friday announced the appointment of Bishop George Desmond Tambala as Archbishop for Lilongwe Archdiocese.
Tambala has been bishop for Zomba Diocese until his appointment.
Tambala has replaced the late Archbishop Tarcizio Ziyaye.
Archbishop Elect Reverend Tambala was born in Zomba on 11 November 1968.
From 1983 to 1987 he attended secondary education at the Child Jesus Nankhunda Minor Seminary in Zomba and later attended the Inter-Congregational Seminary (ICS) of Philosophy in Balaka district.
In 1996 he entered the Novitiate in the Discalced Carmelites Order and made his first religious profession on 31 July 1991.
After his theological studies at Tangaza College in Nairobi,Kenya, he was ordained priest on 13 April 1996 at Chiphaso Parish in Lilongwe.
He completed the specialization courses at Teresa-St John of Avila International Centre, and in 2000 he obtained a licentiate in theology at the Faculty of Northern Spain.
Reverend Tambala has held the following positions: Parochial Vicar in Kapiri-Archdiocese of Lilongwe (1996-2002); Postulants Master in Balaka and teacher of Spirituality (2000-2002); Provincial Delegate Superior in the mission of the Province of San Joaquin of Navarre in Malawi (2002-2008); Superior of the House of Spirituality of Nyungwe-Blantyre.
From 2009 until now, he is Definitor General in Charge of Africa and Madagascar and the Order of Discalced Carmelites.
He speaks: English, Chichewa, Yao, Swahili, Italian, Spanish and French.
By Simplicia Kapingasa