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

Salesian Missionaries Open Don Bosco Technical Secondary School in Hwange

 By Leonard Ncube

Youths perfom at the all stakeholders meeting at Don Bosco

Youths perfom at the all stakeholders meeting at Don Bosco

The Salesian Missionaries arrived in Zimbabwe in 1995 and settled in Harare before deciding to open a mission in Hwange in 2000. Don Bosco Technical School was opened in 2007 by the Catholic Church’s Salasians of Don Bosco Trust to offer vocational technical courses. Continue reading

Presentation Sisters Trace Founder’s Legacy and Selfless Love

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa

Nagle House school chlidren entertaining guests.

Nagle House school students entertaining guests during the feast of the Presentation.

21 November is a memorable day for the Presentation Sisters as they celebrate the feast day of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The feast became unusually important this year as it was combined with the commemoration of the tercentenary of the anniversary of the birth of their foundress, Nano Nagle born in Ireland in 1718. This day, the congregation celebrates Nano Nagle’s legacy and selfless love in restoring the dignity of humanity. Continue reading

Catholic Church Joins Government in Fighting Cholera

By Glendor Mubvuringi

A woman displays a banner encouraging people to fight against cholera in Chitungwiza.

A woman displays a banner encouraging people to fight against cholera in Chitungwiza.

It was pomp and funfair at Jambanja Unit M in Chitungwiza on Saturday the 17th of November 2018. The Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference Health Commission led by Sister Salome Mateko and Sister Sanyika from the Archdiocese of Harare Health Desk in partnership with Misereor and Chitungwiza Municipality took to the streets to raise awareness on the cholera pandemic following the outbreak which hit the country especially Harare’s Glenview and Budiriro suburbs. Brian Nyahuma provided edutainment to the people who actively participated in song and dance as they gained more knowledge on how to combat the disease. Continue reading

The strength of a priest depends on his relationship with God:

By Sr Cynthia Mgwena CPS

..Bishop Muchabaiwa celebrates priestly golden jubilee

Bishop Alexio Churu Muchabaiwa is seen here flanked by Bishop Albert Serrano of Hwange, Archbishop Robert Ndlovu of Harare and the Vicar General of Mutare Diocese, Fr. Ambrose Achagongon

Bishop Alexio Churu Muchabaiwa is seen here flanked by Bishop Albert Serrano of Hwange, Archbishop Robert Ndlovu of Harare and the Vicar General of Mutare Diocese, Fr. Ambrose Achagongonyeka Vinyu.

A golden jubilee is always an occasion of thanksgiving and celebration, and on the 17 of November 2018 it was noteworthy. Bishop Emeritus Alexio Churu Muchabaiwa, celebrated a mass of thanksgiving at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Mutare Diocese on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination. Continue reading

MARY MOUNT SCHOOL OPENS AFTER FORCED CLOSURE BY THE WAR

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa

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Some of the Mary Mount students pose for a picture in front of their school.

Mary Mount High School reopened its doors in 2016 after forced closure at the height of the liberation struggle in 1978. The school which closed as a primary school reopened as a high school with forms 1and 5 with 65 students. Now the school has forms 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 and the first group of upper 6 students set for examinations in 2017. Continue reading

Bishops from IMBISA Region at the Synod: Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.

nyandoro-bishops.jpgBishops from IMBISA region attending the Synod on Young People in Rome. From Left; Bishop Willem Christian of Namibia, Bishop Joseph Sephamula from Lesotho, Bishop Rudolf Nyandoro of Zimbabwe, Bishop Mandla Singrid from South Africa, Cardinal Napier from South Africa and Bishop Stanlav also from South Africa. 

BISHOP MUCHABAIWA LANDS 50 IN PRIESTHOOD WITH NO REGRETS

The man who consecrated the National Heroes Acre and officiated at the burial of Zimbabwe’s first national heroes, Josiah Tongogara and Jason Ziyapapa Moyo.

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa

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Bishop Alexio Churu Muchabaiwa celebrates 50 years in priesthood with no regrets.

abaiwa was born in Hwedza in 1939 no one ever dreamt the new born boy would become a priest, let alone a Catholic bishop. Instead, he was named “Churu” as his parents thought he would not live long after they had suffered the death of their firstborn child in infancy. Continue reading