Pope appoints new Bishop of Ndola

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Benjamin Phiri as the Bishop of the Diocese of Ndola, Zambia.

Bishop Phiri has been serving as the Auxiliary Bishop of Chipata, Zambia since 2011, and Rector of St. Dominic’s Major Seminary in Lusaka, Zambia since 2004.


Bishop-elect Phiri was born on 14 June 1959 in Chongololo, (Petuake District) Chipata, and was ordained to the priesthood on 14 September 1986 for the diocese of Chipata. After his studies at the Minor Seminary in Monze, he studied philosophy at St. Augustine Seminary, Kabwe, and theology at St. Dominic’s Major Seminary, Lusaka.

His assignments after ordination include: Parocchial Vicar of Mbwindi, Chipata (1986 – 1988); Director of Vocational Pastoral Ministry of Chipata Diocese (1987–1993), Parish priest in Chadiza, Chipata (1988–1990); Director of the Pastoral and Catechetical Center, Chikungu (1990 – 1997); Personal Secretary to the then Bishop of Chipata, Bishop Medardo Mazombwe (1993–1997).

Between 1997–2002, Bishop Phiri attended the Pontifical Urban University (Urbaniana) in Rome where he obtained a licentiate in Canon Law. He subsequently served as the National Director of the Pastoral Office of the Zambian Bishops’ Conference from 2002–2004.

Bishop Phiri was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Chipata on 18 January 2011 with the titular see of Nachingwea.

Credit: Vatican News


  1. Mwamba Benson

    Congratulations to you his grace

  2. Frank kabula

    Congratulations to you his grace Our Bishop
    and welcome to Ndola diocese

  3. Frank kabula

    Mwaiseni batata mwepyani sha basole.

  4. Jessey Lingard

    Wonderful be faithful to ur post that u have been given

  5. Andrew Tembo

    Ndola diocese people you are blessed!

  6. Solomon

    God guides you and shows you the

  7. Simayaba Astridah

    Welcome to our diocese bashifwe

  8. Koswe

    We welcome you in our family Catholic Church lead us according to our. Lord. Jesuss wil remember. Zambia first

  9. 😮 Wow we thank God

    😮 Wow we thank God

  10. evans

    Welcome to Ndola diocese your Lordship


    Twali abana banshiwa, ukulila kwesu kwa umfwika kuli
    Lesa wesu. Twalubuka nomba naifwe twakwata shifwe.
    Pope Francis may the Good lord bless you with many more blessings. And to bishop Phiri you are most well com, to the family of God. NDOLA DIOCESS.

  12. Pablo 18 18

    Welcome to the friendly diocese your lordship

  13. Charles Mumba

    Congratulations to our new bishop

  14. Angel

    Wow that’s great

  15. Paul Lameck

    Congratulations Bishop Phiri

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