1969: Fr. João Luis Dimba (John Louis Dimba) was born and raised in Tete Province in Mozambique.
1986, due to the civil war in his country, he was forced to seek asylum in neighbouring Malawi where he learnt English with the help of an Irish Spiritan, Fr. Conor Kennedy, and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
1991: John joined the Spiritan initial formation programme and, following novitiate in South Africa, made his first profession on 28 January 1994. He was finally professed on 2 February 1999 and graduated in Theology at Tangaza/Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, in 2001. During his formation he had pastoral experience in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa. He was ordained to the priesthood on 18 May 2002.
Mission Appointment: he was appointed to Malawi where he served as Assistant Parish priest at Thunga parish. In 2003 he was appointed Spiritan vocations promoter and postulant director for Malawi, as well as Councilor for Formation for the South Central African Foundation (SCAF).
Ongoing Formation: Between 2007 and 2010 he did postgraduate studies in leadership. He also did postgraduate theological studies at the University of KwaZulu Natal (2012-13). Fr. Dimba is a trained and experienced international retreat preacher and speaks seven Bantu languages as well as English and Portuguese.
Leadership Experience: In 2006 Fr. Dimba was appointed the Superior of SCAF and served in that capacity until the region was reorganized in June 2011. He served as principal of St. John Paul II Leadership and IT Institute, a subsidiary of Krisvac Beehive Enterprises in Malawi (2011-2012). From 2013 to date he has served as the Superior of the Malawi Group.