Diocese of Dedza

HISTORICAL NOTE:
By the Apostolic letter, Etsi Quotidie, of 30th April 1956, the Holy See erected the Vicariate Apostolic of Dedza. It was in 1959 that Dedza became a Diocese. The Diocese of Dedza comprises the two districts of the Central Region of Malawi, thus, Dedza and Ntcheu. It also covers a small part of Salima District. Before, the District of Dedza was part of the Likuni Vicariate while the District of Ntcheu belonged to the Zomba Vicariate.

LOCAL ORDINARY:
Very Rev. John Chithonje, Diocesan Administrator.

STATISTICS:
Area Square Kilometres: 4, 250
Population: 1,562,386
Catholics: 469,726
Catechumens: 494,511
Full Time Catechists: 41
Volunteer Catechists: 23
Deaneries: 03
Parishes 16

PATRON: St. Martin de Porres.

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