OMI Africa-Madagascar Statement and Photos of Bishop Valentine Ordination

“Felicitations to His Excellency, Most Rev. Dr. Valentine Kalumba, OMI the newly ordained and installed Bishop of Livingstone, Zambia. Bishop Valentine was the immediate Vice Superior of the Oblate Delegation of Zambia. As he is entrusted with the challenging task of shepherding the people of the Diocese of Livingstone, we wish him good health, strength and Divine Wisdom. May God bless his new ministry.”       – OMI Africa Madagascar

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Bishop Kalumba was born in Mufulira in 1967. He joined the Zambian Air Force after high school and later was a cashier at Standard Chartered Bank. In 1993 he spent a year at Emmaus Spirituality Centre in Lusaka discerning a calling to religious life. He then studied philosophy at seminaries in Zambia and in 2000 joined the Missionary Oblates. He was ordained a priest on October 22, 2005.

Bishop Kalumba is the third Oblate to be named a bishop in Zambia.  The first was Bp. Paul Duffy of Mongu, who presided at Bp. Kalumba’s ordination in 2005.  Bishop Duffy was an iconic voice in Zambia on behalf of the poor. Today, Bp. Kalumba is carrying the torch of justice in Zambia passed to him by people like Bp. Duffy.  He is committed to being a voice for the voiceless, while always remaining a humble “human resource manager” for God.valentine-3a-copy

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Oblates from around the world gathered for the ordination of the new Bishop

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Let the celebration begin!