Roman Catholic Diocese of Mpika

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Mpika (Latin: Mpikaën(sis)) is a Latin rite suffragan diocese in the ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Kasama, also in Zambia.

Diocese of Mpika

Dioecesis Mpikaensis
Location
CountryZambia
Ecclesiastical provinceKasama
Statistics
Area86,135 km2 (33,257 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
535,000
128,372 (24.0%)
Information
RiteLatin
CathedralSt. Joseph’s Cathedral
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
BishopVacant

Its cathedral episcopal see is the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Worker, in the city of Mpika. It also has a former Cathedral, now Church of St. Maria Magdalena de Pazzi, in Ilondola.

HistoryEdit

  • It was established on May 23, 1933 as Mission "sui iuris" of Lwangwa from the Apostolic Vicariate of Bangueolo
  • On July 1, 1937 it was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Lwangwa (still exempt, but entitled to a titular bishop)
  • Renamed on March 8, 1951 as Apostolic Vicariate of Abercorn
  • On April 25, 1959 it was promoted as Diocese of Abercorn, losing its exempt status by joining the province of Kasama
  • On November 22, 1967, it was renamed as Diocese of Mbala
  • On April 26, 1991, renamed as Diocese of Mbala – Mpika
  • Finally on September 9, 1994 it was renamed as Diocese of Mpika

Missionary and Episcopal OrdinariesEdit

All Roman rite; many missiony members of the Latin congregation White Fathers (M. Afr.)
Ecclesiastical superior of the Mission sui iuris of Lwangwa
  • Father John van Sambeek, M. Afr. (1933.05.23 – 1936.11.19), later Titular Bishop of Gergis (1936.11.19 – 1953.03.25) & Apostolic Vicar of Tanganyika (Tanzania) (1936.11.19 – 1946.05.10), Apostolic Vicar of Kigoma (Tanzania) (1946.05.10 – 1953.03.25), promoted first Bishop of Kigoma (1953.03.25 – 1957.11.22), emeritate as Titular Bishop of Tracula (1957.11.22 – 1966.12.25)
Apostolic Vicars of Lwangwa
Apostolic Vicars of Abercorn
  • Joost Van den Biesen, M. Afr. (see above 1951.03.08 – retired 1958.01.24; Lay state 1967)
  • Adolf Fürstenberg, M. Afr. (1958.12.11 – 1959.04.25 see below), Titular Bishop of Termessus (1958.12.11 – 1959.04.25)
Suffragan Bishop of Abercorn
  • Adolf Fürstenberg, M. Afr. (see above 1959.04.25 – 1967.11.22 see below)
Suffragan Bishops of Mbala
  • Bishop Adolf Fürstenberg, M. Afr. (see above 1967.11.22 – retired 1987.03.07)
  • Telesphore George Mpundu (1987.03.07 – 1991.04.26 see below)
Suffragan Bishop of Mbala – Mpika
  • Telesphore George Mpundu (see above 1991.04.26 – 1994.09.09 see below)
Suffragan Bishops of Mpika

President of Zambia Episcopal Conference (2014.07 – ...)

See alsoEdit

Source and External linksEdit

Coordinates: 11°49′53″S 31°26′56″E / 11.8314°S 31.4489°E / -11.8314; 31.4489