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The present area of Diocese of Tanga previously formed part of the Vicariate of Kilimanjaro before it was erected to Prefecture Apostolic of Tanga on 3rd May 1950. On 24th February 1958 the Prefecture was erected to the status of a Diocese. The Diocese comprises 34 parishes, grouped into four Deaneries of Tanga, Korogwe, Handeni and Lushoto. Population of Tanga is 1,734,301. Out of this population 229’301 are Catholics. Other religions and denominations with a good number of followers are Moslems, Lutherans and Anglicans.
The Diocese of Tanga, coterminous with the Civil Tanga Region, lies at about 50 degrees South of Equator and borders on the Indian Ocean in the East. North of Tanga Region lies Kilimanjaro Region and the Republic of Kenya; on the West lie Arusha and Dodoma Regions and on the South are found Pwani (Coast) and Morogoro Regions.
The Region occupies an area of 27,348 sq. km. and is administratively divided into 8 districts namely, Handeni, Korogwe, Muheza, Lushoto, Kilindi, Tanga, Pangani and Mkinga. There are 37 divisions, 136 wards and 538 villages. The Capital of the Region is Tanga City.
TYCS joins Students starting from the simple group found in the school, and later in the deaneries, Diocese and National wide.
TYCS brings forward the Students in their main task of evangelization of the Word of God wherever they are as Students. Also it encourages young boys and girls to join in the Priestly and Religious Vocation and prepare them to be good leaders in any sector in the Church as well as in the Country.
TYCS was started by Fr. Gerald Smith in the year 1970 in St. Anthony Cathedral Tanga. Since 1976 Fr. James Kweka has been the Patron of TYCS. In 1994 Fr. Titus Mdoe took his position as Patron of TYCS and Vocational director up to 2006 where his position was taken by Fr. John Zuakulu. TYCS is found in almost all Schools and Colleges in Tanga Diocese . TYCS has done a lot in Schools and Colleges by bringing the Students together showing their talents, knowing each other and forming good choirs in the Church, football and netball teams, entertainment groups and best drama groups.
1. Kongei Secondary School,
2. Mazinde Juu Girls’ Secondary School
3. Kifungilo Girls’ Secondary School
4. Saruji Secondary School
5 . Catechetical School for Congregation of Our Lady of Usambara(COLU).
6. St. Joseph’s Junior Semianary
7. St. Joseph’s Commercial School
8. Don Bosco Secondary school
5. Holy Family Primary School Muheza
Rosminian Fathers (I.C), Brothers
Shirika la Mapendo lilianzishwa mwaka 1828 na Mwenye Heri Antonio Rosmin. Huyu alikuwa Mwana Falsafa liyejulikana sana. Mwaka 1932, nyumba ya Malezi ilianzishwa huko Ireland. Nyumba hii ikawa chachu ya Miito mingi. Mwaka 1938 Chuo kilichopewa jina la Rosmini kilifunguliwa huko Roma. Jumuia ya Warosmini ilianza kukua. Walifanya kazi huko Thailand. Mwaka 1942 walishauriwa kuelekeza utume wao Barani Afrika. Kwa kupitia Vikarieti ya Kilimanjaro chini ya Mhashamu Askofu Joseph Byrene hatimaye mwaka 1945 Warosmini wakwanza waliingia Tanganyika. Wawili kati yao ni Pd. Walter Dich na Pd. Francis Kennedy.
Warosmini waliofika Kilimanjaro walipewa kwanza jukumu la kufundisha Chuo cha Singachini huko Moshi. Pd Walter akawa Mkuu wa Chuo. Mapadre wengine walifuata baadaye. Mhashamu Askofu Joseph Byrne aliwatuma Warosmini wafanye kazi Tanga. Hatimaye Pd. Eugen Arthurs aliteuliwa kuwa Prefekti wa Kitume Tanga ilipokuwa Prefectura, na baadaye akawa Akofu wa Jimbo la Tanga mwaka 1958.
Makao makuu ya Shirika la Warosmini katika Afrika Mashariki yapo Mwambani hapa Tanga. Makao makuu Kiulimwengu ni Monte Calvario huko Domodossola katika kingo za Milima ya Alps kwenye mpaka kati ya Italia na Uswisi. Shirika hili limesambaa mahali pengi Duniani.
PHASE ONE: 16TH CENTURY – 1947
THE EARLY YEARS OF EVANGELIZATION IN TANGA
a). European Explorers and Missionaries
The work of evangelization in the African Continent started back in the 16th Century. It was during this time when the European nations started exploring the world with the goal of getting more colonies to expand the economies in their home countries. Early missionaries and explorers accompanied each other in many places. Though these two groups had different goals in their missions, a number of times they worked together in the given areas. Fundamental mission of Explorers was to prepare the groundwork for the colonial governments to come. They did the preliminary work for the colonial governments to establish themselves in the colonies. The primary work of the missionaries was to preach the Gospel to the indigenous. They responded to the call of Jesus Christ to his disciples, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit come on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth,” Act.1:8. Though their goals were different, the missionaries and explorers and then colonizers worked very closely to each other. They were all from the same nationalities and backgrounds and they shared many things in common. This is why many social critics ended up saying missionaries and explorers did a foundation work for colonizers to establish themselves in Africa.
It was on the 6th day of December 2006, when the youth group of Tanga Diocese received the The World Youth Cross from youth group of Same Diocese. The cross stayed one day in our land of Tanga, and left to Bagamoyo Morogoro Diocese. The cross spent the night at Kilole parish. The night was full of different activities, special prayers to the cross, songs and drama from different youth groups. On the second day, 7th day of December, 2006 Bishop Anthony Banzi, bishop of Tanga Diocese, led a group of young people in a special prayer and mass before sending the cross to Manga the boarder of Tanga region and Pwani Region, which was handed over to Morogoro Diocese. Really they are unforgettable days to the Youth Groups of Catholic Diocese of Tanga.
We hope and believe that all places where the cross passed left something special, the faith of the people increased Christians and non Christians. People admired, surely Christ touched a lot of people and spoke to them and hilled their wounds.
The cross passed through various Parishes including Mazinde Ngua, Mombo, Manundu and Kilole where they spent the whole night. Almost 500 youths attended the cerebrations from various Parishes including:- St. Anthony, St. Mathias Mulumba – Usagara, St. Theresia, St. Peters – Pongwe and Muheza both from Tanga Deanery. Also Sakharani Parish, Mazinde Ngua attended the cerebration. Furthermore Manundu Parish, Mombo Parish, Hale Parish, and Kilole Parish from Korogwe Deanery attended. Lastly were Kabuku Parish and Handeni Parish from Handen Deanery.