St. Mary’s Parish

St. Mary Catholic Church


SUNDAYS 8am – Parish Centre & 10am Outstation

Number and names of Pastoral Workers (Priest & Catechist) (2) FR. MARK MKANDAWIRE & MR. CLEOPHAS PHIRI
Number of Trainee Catechists 4 – on training
Number of zones 4
Number of Outstations 15
Number of Substations 24
Total number of Number of Christians 2,850
Number of Children 1-12 years old 850
Number of Youths 13-25 years old 520
Number of Young adults 26-40 years  960    
Number of Adults 41 years above                                                        520                                                                                               
Number of Catechumens 1000
Possible new Outstations 3
Possible new Substations 2
Catholic School and Health Centre 0


Priest’s House

The Parish of St. Mary was opened in January 2018 with Fr. Mark Mkandawire as the first resident priest in the Parish, up till this day, Kasitu was a zone of St Joseph Parish – Nkhatabay. The Parish Inauguration Ceremony took place on the 8th of September with the Eucharistic Celebration presided over by the Rt. Rev. John A. Ryan, Bishop of the Diocese of Mzuzu.

The Parish of St Mary covers parts of South Nkhatabay and North Nkhotakota but the Parish is largely

Catechist’s House

in Nkhotakota District. Due to the languages used by most of the faithful who settled with the Parish years before the Parish was opened, we have adopted Chichewa, Tumbuka and Tonga as liturgical languages.

The Parish has her faithful engaged in farming – rice, cassava, maize, ground nuts, sugar cane, tobacco including chamba. Some are into fishing and small scale businesses. A minority are civil servants and employees in the private sector.