Priest In-Charge (Pastor): Rev. Fr. Passian Kika
Assisting Priest(s): None
Religious Sisters: None
Sundays: 7:00AM & 9:30AM (Then Outstations)
Lugongo/Mtakuja, Churwa, Bwiti, Mtapwa, Kibaoni, Mwanyumba, Machimboni, Kwajanja, Mwele, Kichangani, Kiumbo, Nuzi, Daluni, Ng’ombezi & Mwakijembe
PARISH PHOTO GALARY:
Virgin Mary, Immaculate: the patroness of our parish, pray for us!
Lugongo/Mtakuja, Churwa, Bwiti, Mtapwa, kibaoni, Mwanyumba, Machimboni, Kwajanja, Mwele, Kichangani, Kiumbo, Muzi, Daluni, Ng’ombezi and Mwakijembe.
Maramba Parish has been erected under the foot of eastern Usambara Mountains along a rural road which connects the village of Mabokweni along Tanga-Mombasa highway to Korogwe Township via Daluni, Mashewa, and Magoma.
Maramba was initially an outstation of St. Anthony Cathedral parish. This area and its surrounding areas are comprised of a number of sisal and cocoa plantations. Cocoa plantations can be found in the villages of Maramba and nearby Mwele while sisal plantations can be seen in Lugongo and Kwamtili.
When the priests were coming to Maramba from Tanga, they would visit Lugongo and Mwele where there were small church buildings in the workers’s camps used by the Catholic members who worked in the plantations.
In early 1970, Rev. Fr. Moris Reen, I.C got a good size plot of land to build a church in Maramba. As he was building a church, he went on building a priests’ house (rectory). The Catholic community and surrounding villages contributed Tsh.12,000.00 in cash as well as their labor in the construction of the church as well as the priests’ house. The construction of the church was completed in 1972 the current church was ready for liturgical services. Before building the priests’house, Fr. Moris and the priests who visited Maramba for services resided in a sisal manager’s house in Lugongo Farm.
In 1970, the Most Rev. Maurus Komba the second bishop of the diocese conducted his first confirmation liturgy in the diocese in Maramba. More than 800 people attended the ceremony and it was conducted in the air since there wasn’t a church big enough to accommodate all those people. Those who attended the ceremony were Catholics, Christians from other denominations, and non-Christians.
The native priests of Maramba Parish are; Martin Maganga (1972), Sylvester Nitunga (1999), Diomedi Nitunga, I.C. (2005), and Odillo Shedafa (2006).