The body of the late Catholic Bishop Felix Mukhori was last Wednesday October 31 2012 laid to rest in Chikhwawa, and Malawi President Joyce Banda led thousands and thousands of mourners in paying their last respect to the revered Emeritus Bishop who was buried at Mzimu Woyera Seminary Cemetery in the district.
President Banda thanked God that He gave Malawi a dedicated and passionate priest who saved as a pillar for both the Catholic Church and the nation.
“Bishop Mkhori served God and Malawi unwaveringly. We should therefore remember his life and stewardship,” said President Banda.
As someone who chaired the Episcopal Conference of Malawi that assembled all Catholic Bishops to author the historical pastoral letter during the Malawi Congress Party rule, the late Mkhori earns every respect.
And the chairperson of the Episcope Conference of Malawi Bishop Joseph Zuza described the late Mkhori as an initiator of development activities. The Church and the nation were therefore equally deprived of a pillar of development.
The Arch Bishop of Lilongwe Diocese Bishop Remi Ste-Marie described Mkhori a pillar in the Catholic Church whereas the one who spoke on behalf of the deceased family described the death as something that has robbed them of a family pillar.
Papal envoy Monsignor Bert Van Megen joined many other catholic bishops, priests and faithful plus other church prominent people in society that included leaders from political parties in Malawi to pay their last respect to Bishop Mkhori.
The late Mkhori was born on August in 1931, ordained priest on September 1961 and consecrated Bishop on January 1978.
He served as Bishop of Chikhwawa until January 2001 when he became Bishop of the Diocese of Lilongwe.
Bishop Mkhori retired from the pastoral office in 2007 July .