Bishop Mlungisi Pius Dlungwane
He is the son of Titus Shadrack
Sishosonke Dlungwane and Amalia MaZuma Dlungwane,
who are both deceased. He was born at Impendle in a place called Enzinga.
He attended his primary education
at Clairvaux Mission School up to 1960.
He then did his Std 5 at Mariathal Mission School in 1961. In 1962,
sent to Aloisianum where he spent where he spent two years (1962-1963).
which he moved to St. Mary's Seminary from 1964-1968. Mlungisi's application
seminary studies was accepted by Bishop Alphonse Streit, who at the
time decided to
send his seminarians to St. Augustine's Seminary in Lesotho.
He was ordained as a priest by Bishop Martin Schmid on the 4th of July
As a young priest, he was locum tenens at Assisi Mission for three months
at Mophela Mission for five months. In April 1977 he was appointed assistant
priest at Mariatrost Mission under Fr. Walter Tauer CMM for a year and
months. About mid year of 1978 he was transferred to KwaNdengezi, where
parish community called St. Kizito was being established. He was also
at St. Xavier in Dassenhoek until June 1980, where after he was sent
St. Francis College as a rector.
However, greater need for personnel
arose at St. Mary's Minor Seminary in Ixobho,
Mlungisi was then transferred to the Minor Seminary in 1983 by Bishop
Paul Themba Mngoma.
Then, the SACBC requested him to be released to join the formation staff
St. John Vianney Seminary.
For his further studies in theology he went to the University of Saint
in Ottawa, Canada, where he obtained Masters and Licentiate degrees
Then, from 1993 up to 1995 he served as a vice-rector and lecturer at
Vianney Seminary. In 1996 he returned to the university to complete
research in Biblical Theology. In 1997 he was awarded conjointly a Doctorate
in Theology and PhD by the University of St. Paul and the University
of Ottawa, respectively.
In 1998, Fr Mlungisi
Dlungwane was appointed rector of St. John Vianney National Seminary.
To a lesser extent, he also taught the Synoptic Gospels. In the year
John Paul II appointed him auxilliary bishop of Mariannhill, to help
PT Mngoma who was not well. On the 7th of February 2005, Pope John Paul
Bishop Mngoma's request to retire. At the same time Bishop MP Dlungwane
appointed administrator of Mariannhill. On the 3rd of June 2006 Pope
XVI appointed him as the Bishop of Mariannhill.