Church Profile

The Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire is a Christ Centred Church that is commissioned to discipleship and proclamation of the gospel through provision of Social, economical and Pastoral services to all people regardless of faith, race or political affiliation.

The Diocese of Upper Shire is one of the four Dioceses in Malawi within the Province of Central African which cover Zambia, Malawi, Botswana and Zimbabwe. It was formed in 2002 when the Diocese of Southern Malawi was split into two (Diocese of Southern Malawi and Upper Shire.)

The Diocese of Upper Shire works in the areas of pastoral care, education and health services and also other cross cutting issues. The Diocese covers seven administrative districts of Mangochi, Mwanza, Neno, Balaka, Ntcheu, Machinga and Zomba where its head office is. However the Diocese also covers eastern part of Dedza District.

The Diocese has eight archdeaconries of Zomba, Machinga, Shire, Balaka, Mangochi West, Mangochi East,  Monkey bay and a stand arone archdeaconry of Mpondas. Currently the Diocese has 34 parishes with over 260 churches (Stations) which are being served by 46 priest both serving and retired.

Apart from the churches the Diocese also offers social services through 40 primary schools, 14 secondary schools, 10 health facilities and 2 tertiary schools (One college of nursing and one vocational Skills centre in Malosa and Malindi respectiverly)

The Diocese of Upper Shire is being led by Bishop Brighton Vitta Malawi who is the second Bishop of the Diocese who took over from Bishop Benard Amos Malango. Bishop Brighton was consecrated on 7th June, 2009 at Mpondas Cathedral in Mangochi district and enthroned on the same day.