Mutare’s Peace Ambassador Programme; An Apparatus for Conflict Resolution

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa

Peace Ambassadors pose for a photo during their training at Matare Diocesan Pastoral Centre.

Peace Ambassadors pose for a photo during their training at Matare Diocesan Pastoral Centre.

Zimbabwe is in great need of peace and reconciliation as political divisions leading to social disintegration have taken a long time to heal. Different efforts are being made to reconcile the people of Zimbabwe. Government, non-governmental groups, churches and civil society have embarked on the national dialogue mantra with the aim of bringing people together in order to rebuild the country. Continue reading

Chief Hama Pleads for Information Communication Technology in Rural Schools: As Catholic Professionals Network of Zimbabwe donate to Mavhaire School

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa

Teachers and students from Taringana High school rejoice after winning a wheelbarrow for their outstanding performance at the fun-run.

Teachers and students from Taringana Secondary School rejoice after winning a wheelbarrow for their outstanding performance at the fun-run.

Chief Hama, Joseph Zishiri has appealed government and well-wishers to support rural schools through provision of information communication technology material to help rural children grasp the concepts of the new curriculum.  He was speaking at a fun-run organised by the Catholic Professionals Network of Zimbabwe (CPNZ) at Mavhaire Primary School in Chirumanzu on 30 March 2019. Continue reading

New Catholic Schools add weight to education in Zimbabwe: As Maryward Sisters and Sacred Heart Brothers plan gigantic educational development in Midlands.

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa

Maryward Secondary School being built in Kwekwe

Maryward Secondary School being built in Kwekwe.

Maryward Sisters are yet in another gigantic educational development project to provide secondary education by constructing a massive secondary school in Kwekwe’s Mbizo 21. The school whose first block is at an advanced stage will provide secondary education to students from Maryward Primary and other schools in Kwekwe. Continue reading

Open day for religious revives drooping spirit; calls for exemplary life

By Sr. Cynthia Mgwena CPS

Monsignor Gabriele Pesce follow proceedings during deliberations by Bishop Mupandasekwa.

Monsignor Gabriele Pesce follow proceedings at the religious get together in Gweru.

Consecrated men and women in Zimbabwe converged at Regina Mundi in Gweru Diocese for a day of prayer, reflections and togetherness under the theme “Vocation, youth and globalisation: our role as religious”. Gracing the occasion was Bishop Michael Bhasera of Masvingo Diocese and Apostolic Administrator for Gweru Diocese, Bishop Raymond Mupandasekwa of Chinhoyi Diocese and Monsignor Gabriel Pesce who is the charge d’affaires at the Apostolic Nunciature and major religious superiors of diverse congregations. Continue reading

Ecumenical churches of Germany partner Zim Churches in pursuing peace

Representatives of GKKE and Zimbabwe church follow proceeding during the reception.

Representatives of GKKE and Zimbabwe churches follow proceedings during the reception.

By. Br. Alfonce Kugwa

Seeking peace and pursuing it is at the heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is in this respect that the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference through its Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) invited a delegation of the Joint Conference Church and Development (GKKE) to exchange notes on ways of advancing peace not only in the two countries but in the whole world. Continue reading

Rebuild Hope, Trust, Confidence and Stability in Zimbabwe

Pastoral Letter of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference

on current affairs in the country

Published on 17 January 2019

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, all men and women of good will,

Introduction

(1)   We begin by disowning a recent statement issued in our name during the recent stayaway that started on 14 January 2019. We, the Catholic Bishops of Zimbabwe, never issued any statement during that period. We are dismayed that our name was abused in the manner it was. Continue reading

RELIGIOUS SUPERIORS CALL FOR COLLABORATION TO ENABLE QUALITY LEADERSHIP AND STEWARDSHIP.

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa/Sr. Cynthia Mgwena

some of the religious superiors at the conference of major religious superiors annual general meeting in harare.

Some of the religious superiors at the Conference of Major Religious Superiors Annual General Meeting in Harare.

The Conference of Major Religious Superiors in Zimbabwe had their annual general meeting at Wadzanai Training Centre from 9 -11 January 2019 and took time to discuss leadership and stewardship in the church. The meeting also aimed at improving collaboration and cooperation between the organisation and the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC).  The meeting was attended by religious superiors of different Catholic religious orders and congregations working in Zimbabwe. Continue reading

Divine Child Congregation in gradual maturity as more sisters join the way.

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa

bishop paul horan (centre) flanked by sr. getrude bobo (immediate left), sr. theresa nyadombo (extreme left back row), fr. alexio makokowe and some sisters of the divine

Bishop Paul Horan (centre) flanked by Sr. Getrude Bobo (immediate left), Sr. Theresa Nyadombo (extreme left back row), Fr. Alexio Makokowe and some sisters of the Divine Child Congregation.

The Divine Child congregation in Mutare Diocese is steadily growing with more sisters committing themselves to following Jesus through its way of life. The beginning of this year saw Sr. Mary Carmel Muparutsa and Sr. Grace Fadzai Mautsa taking perpetual vows while Srs. Mellarnia Chinhanga, Cathrine Nyabawa and Diana Clare Shunje made their first step into the congregation. Continue reading

Youths Are Leaders Of Today Not Tomorrow: Archbishop Ndlovu Tells Delegation To Panama

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa

archbishop robert ndlovu of the archdiocese of harare (right) and bishop paul horan of mutare distribute holy communion to pilgrims to panama during a farewell mass at rockwood spiri

Archbishop Robert Ndlovu of the Archdiocese of Harare (right) and Bishop Paul Horan of Mutare distribute holy communion to pilgrims to Panama during a farewell mass at Rockwood Spiritual Centre in Harare.

123 youths from Zimbabwe’s eight dioceses joined over 3 million young people from around the globe to celebrate the 2019 World Youth Day with Pope Francis in Panama. The pilgrims had a send-off mass on 9 January 2019 at Rockwood Spiritual Centre with the Archbishop of Harare, Robert Christopher Ndlovu, Bishop Paul Horan of Mutare Diocese, National and Diocesan Youth Coordinators and parents who had come to bid them farewell. The Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Prisca Mupfumira also attended the farewell dinner and wished the delegates well with her motherly blessing. Continue reading

130 Couples renew marriage vows at St. Peter Canisius

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa

Couples who renewed their marriage vows at St. Peter Canisius parish in Malborough, Harare.

Couples who renewed their marriage vows at St. Peter Canisius parish in Malborough, Harare. Monsignor Gabriele Pesce is seen standing in the middle of the group.

Mr. and Mrs. Mekani received a certificate of recognition and a blessing from Pope Francis for celebrating their 25 years wedding anniversary when 130 couples renewed their marriage vows at St. Peter Canisius on 16 December just before the 2018 Christmas. Continue reading

Dominican ‘Quintuplets’ Celebrate Silver Jubilee

By. Sr. Rose Rushwaya O.P.

Dominican jubilarians with their prioress Sr. Rudo Matsika, second from left on 8 December 2018.

Dominican jubilarians, Srs. Tendai Chikutuma, Priscar Zhakata, Rosemary Rushwaya, Agnes Tererai and Violet Nyamazana with their prioress Sr. Rudo Matsika (third from left), on 8 December 2018. 

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary coincided with the Silver Jubilee celebrations of five Dominican Sisters, namely: Prisca Zhakata O.P. from Makonde, Tendai Chikutuma O.P. (from) Bikita, Violet Nyamazana O.P. (from) Mhondoro, Agnes C. Tererai O.P. (from) Gutu and Rose Rushwaya O.P. (from) Chivhu. Continue reading

Six Dominican Sisters Take First Vows in Lusaka, Zambia

The six newly professed lie prostate soon after gospel reading before pronouncing their vows. (2)

The six newly professed sisters prostrate soon after gospel reading before pronouncing their vows. The practice is called venia in Dominican circles.

It was a solemn atmosphere in the St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican Novitiate in Lusaka on the 1st of December 2018 when six novices of the Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart made their first vows. The Eucharistic celebration was led by Fr. Cliff Fumbelo a lecturer and Spiritual director at St. Dominic Major Seminary, together with four co-celebrants and a Dominican Deacon. Continue reading

Zambian choir on musical exchange visit with Hwange Diocese.

By Ronald Nyoni in Hwange

In Zambia they use guitars and drums. St. John Makwa was taught to blend drums with other instruments in liturgical celebrations.

In Zambia they use guitars and drums. St. John’s Makwa was taught to blend drums with other instruments in liturgical celebrations.

St. Fidelis Mission choir from Sichili, Zambia under Livingstone Diocese graced St. John’s Mission Makwa in Zimbabwe’s Hwange Diocese to exchange notes on church music from 6 -10 December. The exchange visit was meant to revive Makwa parish’s waning musical zeal and participation in the liturgy as only few parishioners were interested in joining the choir. Continue reading

Six Precious Blood Sisters Take Perpetual Vows In Bulawayo.

By Sr. Cynthia Mgwena CPS

Srs. Lilian Ncube, Conceptor Gora, Fadzai Chivige, Roseline Ndlovu, Cecilia Tembo and Felistar Dube

Srs. Fadzai Chivige, Felistar Dube, Cecilia Tembo, Roseline Ndlovu, Lilian Ncube and Conceptor Gora CPS.

When anyone says “Yes” to Christs invitation to, “Come, follow me,” it is a time of new beginning, a conversion of life, a turning around, a desire to take up the cross and a willingness to come face to face with God. Continue reading