Priests challenged to read signs of times as three more join Gweru clergy

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa

Bishop Michael Bhasera in the middle flanked by Fr. Alex Mapfuti (right), Fr. Thomas Tsikira (second from right), and Fr. Tinashe Wunganai (immediate left) and the Vicar General of Gweru Diocese, Fr. A.jpg

Bishop Michael Bhasera in the middle flanked by Fr. Alex Mapfuti (right), Fr. Thomas Tsikira (second from right), and Fr. Tinashe Wunganai (immediate left) and the Vicar General of Gweru Diocese, Fr. Augustine Chirikadzi.

Three priests were ordained for Gweru Diocese on 15 September 2018 at St. Martin De pores in Zhombe. The usually quiet mission was turned into a hive of activity when Rev. Tinashe Wunganai, Rev. Alex Mapfuti and Rev. Thomas Tsikira were ordained to priesthood by the Bishop of Masvingo, Michael Bhasera who is also Apostolic Administrator for the vacant Diocese of Gweru.

The newly ordained Fr. Wunganai blesses Bishop Michael Bhasera at St. Martin Deporres Mission in Zhombe.

The newly ordained Fr. Wunganai blesses Bishop Michael Bhasera at St. Martin Deporres Mission in Zhombe.

Thousands of Catholics from around the Diocese that stretches from Zvishavane to Zhombe where it shares the boundary with Gokwe Diocese thronged the mission to witness the ordination of the three. The newly ordained priests join the clergy of the diocese and bring the number of diocesan priests to 55 in total.

Fr. Tsikira from Zhombe, Fr. Mapfuti from Kwekwe and Fr. Wunganai from Holy Cross Mission were not immediately assigned and will continue to minister in places where they are currently stationed.

Bishop Michael Bhasera leaves the stage after ordination.

Bishop Michael Bhasera leaves the stage after ordination in.

In his sermon, Fr. Collen Wapwanyika challenged the new priests to be relevant to the changing signs of times but without losing value. He called on all priests to remain focussed in their ministry and to give the best in their service to the church especially by being available to those who need their hand at all times.

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