Livingstone diocese in Zambia has a population of 500,000 and only 96,000 are Catholics. This means that despite the vast area covered by the diocese, there are few Catholics. We have only 18 diocesan priests, 12 Religious priests and are blessed with about 29 religious sisters. We continue to pray and encourage more vocations to both religious life and priesthood.
|Bishop Valentine Kalumba OMI with Fr Richard Chanda OMI at St Leopold parish Shangombo-Zambia|
In 1997 the diocese of Livingstone gave up part of its territory to establish the Diocese of Mongu. The diocese of Livingstone covers an area of 58,200 km2 (22,500 square miles). The diocese of Livingstone also shares borders with four countries; Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Angola. Livingstone is also home to the world-renowned tourist attraction, Victoria Falls - Mosi-oa-Tunya.
Diocesan personnel’s generosity is rooted in deep commitment to doing God’s work. We also lack specialized personnel or pastoral experts, so further studies for pastoral leaders is critical. While we try to be self-sustaining as a diocese, we have continued to depend on the generosity of well-wishers. Their support makes a deep impact and we continue to pray and seek more partners in doing the work of God.
The diocese is embarking on empowering local Catholics and educating people on the importance of self-sustainability. We have developed a 2016-2019 strategic plan, which will help the diocese in providing a framework and clearly defined direction for decision-making. We have brought on qualified lay people to the Finance committee, hoping that with their expertise, they will help fundraise for the diocese and parishes, and especially provide solutions for our sustainability of the diocese.
If you or your church group are interested in becoming partners in mission with the Catholic Diocese of Livingstone in Zambia, please contact our diocesan offices at this email: firstname.lastname@example.org