The Church has a right to judge cases which refer to spiritual matters or which are linked with spiritual matters, or where a violation of ecclesiastical law has occurred. These are settled through trials at various levels of ecclesiastical courts. Church courts are called “tribunals,” and all tribunals are governed by the same ecclesiastical laws (1983 Code of Canon Law, canons 1400-1402). Usually, every Catholic diocese has a tribunal which is staffed by laity and clergy versed in ecclesiastical law.
Rev. Fr. Israel Madziakaphwa PhD is the current Chancellor in the Catholic Diocese of Mangochi.
The Chancellor ensures the documents of the curia are safeguarded in the archives and records the ecclesiastical acts, decrees, and dispensations issued by the Bishop Montfort Stima firstname.lastname@example.org
Requests for Sacramental Records
Requests for sacramental records are to be made to the parish where the sacrament was celebrated (use form below). To locate sacramental records of parishes that have closed please click on this link. For a listing of the current Diocese of Davenport parishes click this link. For other inquiries contact the diocesan archivist, Mr. Louis Mkwazi and the judicial vicar, ((+265) 9 99 418 094) or email@example.com
Sacramental Records Information for Parishes
Sacramental Records Handbook of Policies and Procedures
- Sacramental Records Handbook of Policies and Procedures
- Sacramental Record Request Form (pdf)
- Notification to Church of Baptism (pdf)
- Sacramental Records Instructions
- Baptismal Register
- Confirmation Register
- Martrimonial Register
- Death Register
- Statistic Census Sheet
- Confirmation Register Sample for Parishes
- Statistics Census Sheet Sample for Parishes
- Churches with Valid, Doubtful, Invalid Baptisms
- The Catholic Messenger
The office is developing digital archives of the Diocese which will be made free for viewing.