History of ZMB Vice Province
The First Missionaries
On 12th October 1982, the first Salesians arrived in Zambia under the leadership of Fr. Casmir Cichecki. They were: Fr. Joseph Bem, Fr. John Bernas, Fr. Peter Boryczka, Fr. Paul Dziatkiewicz, Fr. Tadeusz Molendowski, Fr. Stanislaw Juszczyk, Fr. Eugene Szmyt, Fr. Henry Sak, Fr. Louis Karczewski, Fr. Joseph Ojczyk and Stanislaw Jagodzinski, a seminarian.
The first Canonically erected Salesian houses were: Luwingu, Chingola and Kayembe. These presences belonged to Warsaw Province and Zambia was decreed a Delegation. Fr. Casmir Cichecki became the first Delegate for Zambian Missions.
The Memorable Events
In 1984, the second group of Salesains from Poland arrived and in 1985 two more groups of Salesians came. The works got expanded and the growth in Zambia was very evident. In 1988, Lusaka welcomed the Rector Major Egidio Vigano. In the same year, the book (3 volumes) about the life of St. John Bosco was published. A regular aspirantate for the candidates to Salesian Congregation was started in Bauleni. In 1995, the Salesian Mission was extended to Zimbabwe and Malawi . Fr. Bruno Zamberlan was the first Salesian to reach Zimbabwe. Fr. Leszek Aksamit, Fr. Paul Dziatkiewicz and Fr. Stan Jagodzinski were the first Salesians to reach Malawi. In 1998, Salesian Charism was welcomed in Namibia; Fr. Thomas Chenginiyaden and Fr. Thomas Grzegorzewski were the first ones to work in Namibia.
The First of the First
On the 1st January 1989, the first Zambian Salesian, BRO. SZLVESTER MAKUMBA made his first religious profession in Lesotho. In January 1989, the first group of the Salesian Cooperators made their promises in Nsakaluba. In 1990, the first Salesian priestly ordinations of Fr. Peter Goydalski in Nsakaluba and Fr. Joseph Skowron in Luwingu took place. On 26th April 1998, the first Zambian Salesian Priest, Fr. Clement Mulenga was ordained in Luwingu.
In 1999, ZMB became the Vice Province and the journey is continuing till now.
Superior Delegates of ZMB
|Fr. Casmir Cichecki||1982 – 1990|
|Fr. Peter Boryczka||1990 – 1999|
Superiors of ZMB
|Fr. Casmir Socha||1999 – 2004|
|Fr. Joseph Czerwinski||2005 – 2010|
|Fr. George Chalissery||2011 – 2016|
|Fr. Christopher Rychcik||since 2017|