Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lusaka

Archdiocese of Lusaka

Archidioecesis Lusakensis
Location
Country Zambia
Statistics
Area35,000 km2 (14,000 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)

3,310,000
1,171,000 (35.4%)
Parishes60
Information
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteLatin
CathedralChild Jesus Cathedral
Secular priests81
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
ArchbishopAlick Banda
Bishops emeritusTelesphore George Mpundu

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lusaka (Archidioecesis Lusakensis) is a Latin Rite Metropolitan Archdiocese in Zambia, where it is also considered its national primatial see.

Its cathedral episcopal see is Cathedral of the Child Jesus, in the national capital Lusaka.

Statistics

As per 2015, the archdiocese pastorally served 1,171,000 Catholics (35.4% of 3,310,000 total) on an area of 64,000 km² (24,720 mi²), subdivided into 60 parishes and 86 missions, administered by 235 priests (81 diocesan, 154 religious), 1,300 lay religious (327 brothers, 973 sisters) and 37 seminarians.

Ecclesiastical province

The Metropolitan archdiocese has the following suffragan sees :

History

  • Established on 1927.07.14 as Apostolic Prefecture of Broken Hill / de Broken Hill (Latin) (from Apostolic Prefecture of Zambese)
  • Lost territories on 1936.05.25 to establish Apostolic Prefecture of Victoria Falls (now its suffragan diocese Livingstone) and on 1938.01.08 to establish Apostolic Prefecture of Ndola (now its suffragan diocese)
  • Renamed on 1946.06.13 after its see as Apostolic Prefecture of Lusaka / Lusaken(sis) (Latin)
  • Promoted on 1950.07.14 as Apostolic Vicariate of Lusaka / Lusaken(sis) (Latin)
  • Promoted on 1959.04.25 as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lusaka / Lusaken(sis) (Latin)
  • Enjoyed a Papal visit from Pope John Paul II in May 1989.
  • Lost territories on 1962.03.10 to establish Diocese of Monze and on 2011.10.29 to establish Diocese of Kabwe, both as its suffragans.

Bishops

Ordinaries

Missionary Ordinaries

Apostolic Prefect of Broken Hill
  • Father Bruno Wolnik, Society of Jesus (Jesuits, S.J.) (1927 - 13 June 1946 see below)
Apostolic Prefect of Lusaka
  • Father Bruno Wolnik, S.J. (13 June 1946 see above - resigned 1950)
Apostolic Vicars of Lusaka

Diocesan Ordinaries

Metropolitan Archbishops of Lusaka
  • Archbishop Adam Kozłowiecki, Society of Jesus (25 April 1959 see above: see promoted - 29 May 1969 Resigned), also President of Zambia Episcopal Conference (1966 – 1969); next Titular Archbishop of Potenza Picena as emeritate (1969.05.29 – 1998.02.21), created Cardinal-Priest of S. Andrea al Quirinale (1998.02.21 [1998.02.28] – death 2007.09.28)
  • Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo (29 May 1969 - 6 August 1983 Resigned), reduced to Lay state on 2009.12.17
    • Apostolic Administrator Elias White Mutale (1983 - 9 January 1984 Resigned), while Metropolitan Archbishop of Kasama (Zambia) (1973.09.17 – death 1990.02.12); previously Bishop of Mansa (Zambia) (1971.07.03 – 1973.09.17), President of Zambia Episcopal Conference (1975 – 1977)
  • Archbishop Adrian Mung'andu (9 Jan 1984 - 30 Nov 1996 Retired), died 2007; previously Bishop of Livingstone (Zambia) (1974.11.18 – 1984.01.09)
  • Archbishop Medardo Joseph Mazombwe (30 Nov 1996 - 28 Oct 2006 Retired), also President of Zambia Episcopal Conference (1999 – 2002); previously Bishop of Chipata (Zambia) (1970.11.11 – 1996.11.30), President of Zambia Episcopal Conference (1972 – 1975 & 1988 – 1990), President of Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (1979 – 1986); created Cardinal-Priest of S. Emerenziana a Tor Fiorenza (2010.11.20 [2011.03.26] – death 2013.08.29)
  • Archbishop Telesphore George Mpundu (28 Oct 2006 - 30 Jan 2018 Resigned), also President of Zambia Episcopal Conference (2002 – 2008.02), President of Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (2014.07 – 2018.01.30); previously Bishop of Mbala (Zambia) (1987.03.07 – 1991.04.26) restyled Bishop of Mbala–Mpika (Zambia) (1991.04.26 – 1994.09.09), President of Zambia Episcopal Conference (1993 – 1999), restyled Bishop of Mpika (Zambia) (1994.09.09 – 2004.10.01), Coadjutor Archbishop of Lusaka (Zambia) (2004.10.01 – succession 2006.10.28)
  • Archbishop Alick Banda (2018.01.30 – ...); previously Bishop of Solwezi (Zambia) (2007.05.30 – 2009.11.14), Coadjutor Bishop of Ndola (Zambia) (2009.11.14 – 2010.01.16), Apostolic Administrator of Solwezi (Zambia) (2009.11.14 – 2010.02.13), Bishop of Ndola (Zambia) (2010.01.16 succeeding – 2018.01.30), Vice-President of Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (2014.07 – 2017.11.11).

Coadjutor Archbishop

  • Telesphore George Mpundu (2004-2006)

Other priest of this diocese who became bishop

Sources and External links

  • GCatholic, with Google JQ satellite picture - data for all sections
  • catholic-hierarchy.org

Coordinates: 15°24′50″S 28°18′54″E / 15.41389°S 28.31500°E / -15.41389; 28.31500

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