MSGR. DENIS SOLOMON CHITETE
✔️Birth: 28th January 1968 in Karonga.
✔️His Father: Felix Zebedia Chitete
✔️His Mother: Ellen Lusayo Chanya
PRIMARY SCHOOLS ATTENDED
✔️Kaporo F.P. School, Fwila F.P. School
✔️Kaundi F.P. School
✔️St. Patrick’s Seminary (1983-1987)
✔️Kachebere Major Seminary (1987-1990) for
✔️St. Peter Senior Seminary (1990-1996) for Theological studies.
✔️14th January 1996 at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Zomba
✔️14th July 1996 at St. Steven’s Parish, Kasantha, Karonga.
PLACES HE SERVED
✔️St. Matthias Parish( Misuku) – 1996-1998
✔️St. John’s Parish (Mzambazi- Mzimba)- October 1998-December 1998
✔️Kachebere Major Seminary – 1999-2001(Lecturer)
✔️Kachebere Major Seminary – 2004-2010 (Rector)
✔️St. Mary’s Parish – 2010- 2017
✔️St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral (Cathedral Administrator) – 2017 to present
✔️Vicar General of the Diocese of Karonga – in October 2010 until his death. He took the oath of office on 21st November 2010
✔️Caritas Secretary for the Diocese of Karonga – 2010 –2015
✔️He was also Vice chairperson of Karonga District Peace Building and Conflict Management Committee, Board Member of the Northern Region Water Board
✔️2001-2003 Urbaniana University, Rome, where he got a Licentiante (master’s degree) in Political Philosophy.
✔️He also had a certificate in Peace Building and Conflict Transformation
✔️Certificate in Training for Transformation.
HIS ILLNESS AND DEATH:
Mons. Denis Chitete had a problem with his heart and had High Blood Pressure. From October this year during his holiday, he had problems with his heart. He went to Lilongwe for medical assistance at Lilongwe Private Clinic where he was diagnosed with typhoid and luke worms and his blood levels were going down. He was given medicine, but when he finished his dosage, he had problems with appetite. This made him weaker. He went again to the hospital in Lilongwe. But the Bishop asked him to stop over at Mumbwe Clinic in Mzuzu where he underwent several tests. At Mumbwe Clinic they suspected that he was developing Etra pulmonary TB (TB of the pancreas). This was confirmed at Lilongwe Private Clinic. This is what was affecting his sugar levels and loss of blood.
On Thursday, 23rd December, was the best day since he became ill. He woke up very jovial, singing and dancing praising God he had healed him. On Friday, 24th December, he was also in a jovial mood, and talked on the phone with several people. He asked his sister, Jane Chitete, to cook matoki for him. He ate them very well. But after lunch things started to change. He started tossing about, and when he was asked what was wrong, he said he was feeling uncomfortable and had some headache. On the way to the hospital he gasped, and by the time they arrived at the hospital he stopped breathing. The doctors at the hospital said that what killed him was the cardiac failure.
WHAT WE WILL REMEMBER HIM FOR:
✔️He was a humble, committed, kind and generous priest with deep faith, and special devotion to the Eucharist and the Divine Mercy.
✔️A natural teacher, jovial, with high sense of humour, accommodative and able to interact with everyone Good and speaking his mind, but very shy when he discovered that he injured the person.
- ✔️Listening spirit (creating time to hear and understand) Avoided and prevented conflicts and advocating peace amongst priests