In a long passionate statement, Mr Bwalya who is now Deputy Spokesman in the PF said he is taking the steps to leave priesthood after deep reflection.
Mr Bwalya who took time off active priestly duties a few years ago said it has proved hard for him to go back to the priesthood and he has now decided to seek permission to be released.
He however said he will continue respecting the Catholic Church.
Below is Mr Bwalya’s statement
Sixteen years ago on September 30, 2000 I was ordained a priest after training for a solid eleven years.
Thereafter, I prayed everyday saying, “Lord, grant that I may die and be buried as your priest”. It is now seven years since I took leave from priestly ministry. I regret to say that my prayer cited above may not be realised. I say so because I have decided to start the process of asking Mother Church to allow me to leave Holy Priesthood.
I believe that my mother, siblings and close relations not to mention fellow priests, the laity and friends across religious groupings have had enough time to prepare for this eventuality.
For a long time, I never imagined that one day I would make such a decision. However, it has become necessary to choose to walk one path and since it has proved hard for me to go back to the priesthood this time around I have decided to seek permission to be released.
So I will soon start taking steps towards a dignified departure from Holy Priesthood as prescribed by Mother Church. Please pray that God will continue to grant me happiness and personal fulfilment.
Above all pray that I may never disgrace my background and above all my faith as a Catholic Christian.
I will proudly continue to share in the common priesthood of the baptised and do everything within my means to propagate our faith. I will forever be grateful for the blessings I have received as a priest and the honour the Order accorded me.
I will soon take some time out to reflect and deal with the process of leaving priesthood. When I return, God willing, I will be the same passionate and zealous Frank Bwalya. I have written this reflection with a free conscience and a light heart because I have had enough time to discern.
I pray that God will continue to sustain my desire to serve his people in what I do and that I will never lose focus of his Kingdom. Amen.