By Br. Alfonce Kugwa
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.
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.
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.