Archbishop of Lusaka Archdiocese

      

Most Rev. Dr. Alick Banda. 

Archbishop of Lusaka Archdiocese  and Apostolic Administrator of Ndola Diocese.

Born on 15th November, 1963 in Mufulira town of Ndola Diocese
Ordained priest on 7th August, 1994.

Ordained bishop of Solwezi diocese on 29th July, 2007 by Archbishop Nicola Girasoli.

Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Ndola Diocese on 13th November, 2009

Succeeded Bishop Noel O’Reagan on 16th January,2010.

Installed Bishop of Ndola: 13th February 2010

Appointed Archbishop: 30th January, 2018

Installed Archbishop of Lusaka: 14th April 2018

Bishop Alick Banda completed his primary and secondary education in his hometown, Mufulira and at the Junior Seminary in Ndola respectively.

He followed his priestly studies at Mpima Major Seminary in Kabwe and St. Dominic’s Major Seminary in Lusaka, where he was awarded the Diploma in Philosophy and later one a Bachelor in Theology.

He holds a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Hochschule of St. George, Frankfurt, Germany.

 


                        

Meaning of the Bishop’s Pastoral Staff

Instaurare Omnia in Christo

“Restoring all things in Christ”

(Col. 1:20)

Reflection from Prof. Dr. Michael Sievernich SJ

The Bishop’s Pastoral Staff is a vivid symbol of the task of a Bishop and it is called therefore in Latin baculus pastoralis. In addition to the pastoral staff as Episcopal insignia is a Ring, Pectoral Cross and Mitre; symbols of office of the Bishop, who usually leads one of the numerous (arch) dioceses of the Church. All Bishops together form the college of bishops, with the Pope as Bishop of Rome and successor of Peter. They stand in communion and together accomplish the pastoral service to the people of God.

The Decree concerning the Pastoral Office of Bishop in the Church (Christus Dominus) describes the theological and pastoral office of the Bishop as shepherd. The image of the Bishop as shepherd and the Bishop’s staff as the shepherd’s staff originates in the task of the shepherd in pastoral cultures. The shepherd led the sheep to the pasture and cared for them. He leaned on a stick and used the stick’s curvature to bring back the lost or outrageous animals into the herd. This Shepherd’s profession was so important in the cultures of the Ancient-Near-East and Greece that it became the title of a righteous King who cares for his people.

As a vivid image, the term “shepherd” in its metaphorical meaning is used in the sacred Scripture both in the Old and New Testaments. God Himself is characterized as the shepherd, as the Psalm says: “The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need. He lets me rest in fields of green grass and leads me to quiet pools of fresh water” (Ps. 23, 1-2). The New Testament also speaks of the messianic shepherd, as in the parable of the lost sheep (Lk 15, 4-7). In the words of John’s Gospel, Jesus says of Himself: “I am the Good Shepherd”, who knows his own and lays down his life for his sheep (John 10: 11). In His commission to Simon Peter (and the apostles and their successors), He says: “Take care of my sheep” (Jn 21: 17).

It is from this background that Bishops are called shepherds, who testify and imitate the Divine Good Shepherd through the example of their lives. In certain liturgical celebrations the Bishop takes the Pastoral Staff in his hand to expresses what his most distinguished task is. He holds the Shepherd’s Staff when he listens to the gospel or when he preaches, when he gives the blessing, or when he moves in procession. He uses the shepherd’s Staff as a support and help for leading and guiding his flock.

The Pastoral Staff of Archbishop Alick Banda has a special shape and brings different materials into an aesthetic and spiritual symbol. The Staff comes from Mr. Markus Engert, a Würzburger Goldsmith, whose profession also includes sacred art in contemporary design. In terms of design, the Staff is characterized by elegant and simple beauty. The slender, structured shaft runs into the volute of a pointed curvature. The round shaft and square crook are connected by a knob whose square ring is covered with rock crystals. At the base of the curvature is the Episcopal coat of arms engraved, which in the upper part shows the dove with the olive branch and on the lower part are the (X) (P), the initial letters of Christ’s name. The motto is Instaurare omnia in Christo (Restoring All Things in Christ) first used by Pope Pius X of happy memories.

The space inside the swinging curve is filled up with naturally grown Rutile Quartz, which is circular, framed and cut in a convex form like a lens. Seen from a distance, the transparent stone reminds us of a host in the monstrance. It is of extraordinary beauty and perfection representing the globe and the beauty of creation. The brown-yellowish mineral marks are arranged not only by size, but also by crystal habit, in which Rutile needles by the whim of nature are grown into the quartz. This cross-shaped arrangement is a reminder of the immanent cross of the Episcopal ministry. This Rutile Quartz from Brazil coincides with the outer shape of the mineral rock formation bringing out together creation, the cross and the Host. Those are the signs of salvation and faith that the Bishop presents every time he uses the pastoral Staff in the liturgy.

This Bishop’s Staff was conferred on Most. Rev. Dr. Alick Banda on the occasion of his appointment as Archbishop of Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia in the Year of our Lord, 2018. The combination of the materials used in this pastoral staff invites us to a moment of meditation. The shaft of the Staff is made from the wood of a European fruit tree (plum), whose earth-brown colour fits well into the ensemble of materials.  The curvature of the Shepherd’s Staff is made of two precious metals, silver and alloy that have received fire gilding.  With this ancient technique, the two metals make a close blend and the artwork has received a distinguished, soft-matte glow.

The third material is the stone, the Rutile Quartz of the curvature and the ring of rock crystals.  In terms of colour, these materials namely: metal, wood and stone give the staff an inimitably harmonious colour scheme.  Moreover, it gives the Bishop’s Staff its natural, artistic and artisan form.  As it were, it brings together three continents, namely: Europe, Latin America and Africa.  Europe, the continent of origin through human work; Latin America, the continent of origin of the Rutile Quartz; and indeed Africa, the continent where the Shepherd’s Staff will be used to bring together God’s people through the Episcopal action of Restoring All Things in Christ – so that there will be one flock and one shepherd united in eternity. Frankfurt, March 2018.