Priest In-Charge (Pastor): Rev. Fr. Paul Mshami
Assisting Priest(s): Rev. Fr. Maurus Shemdoe & Rev. Fr. Roman Shekumkai
Religious Sisters: Congregation of Our Lady of Usambara (COLU)
Sundays: 6:30A, 8:00A & 4:00P (Children)
St. John, the Baptist: the patron of our sub-parish, pray for us!
Donge quasi-parish is in southeastern section of Tanga City about few kilometers east of the major road, which connects the City of Tanga, and the town of Pangani. This part of the city began to be populated from late 1980s and early 1990s when the population of Tanga continued to increase. Prior to that time this area was a mostly small-scale farm owned by the indigenous Digo people who engaged themselves in farming and small-scale fishing in the coastal of Indian Ocean. The expansion of the city pushed people who could not get plots of land in Usagara na Sahare to move southern part of the city into Donge area. New developers were able to buy the native farms and began establishing themselves by building permanent homes.
Population of Donge area increased in mid 1990s and the area appeared to be prime for thinking of establishing the church center to services people of this new area. It was Rev. Fr. Sean Madden, I.C. who at that time he was a resident priest at Mwambani Rosminian House who came to Donge areas and secured a piece of land for this purpose. Upon getting this peace of land he began building the church building and then the sisters’ house. The bishop blessed the church in Donge and entrusted to the patronage of St. John, the Baptist. The outstation came to be serviced by the priests from St. Theresa Parish.
In 2005 the outstation at Donge became the outstation of St. Mathias Mulumba Parish in Usagara. In 2010 Bishop Anthony Banzi elevated the outstation in Donge to become a quasi-parish but it is still serviced by the priests from St. Mathias Mulumba.
Ever since the construction of the church building at Donge, the efforts have been done to make this place vibrant. Initially another house was built at the outstation to house the local catechist. Later the plans changed and made this house to be used by COLU sisters. The COLU sisters ministry in this outstation is phenomena. When the sisters arrived at the outstation, efforts have been done by the parish administration and the local faithful to build a kindergarten for the local children. COLU sisters manage this school and it is a good nursery for both secular and religious education.
As the quasi-parish prepares itself to become an independent parish in the near future, efforts are done to build the priests’ house. Possibly other social project will be initiated to provide social services to people who live in this area.
Donge Quasi-Parish has not yet gotten a native priest until now.