Name of the Parish: Pangani
Address: P.O. Box 85, Pangani, Tanzania
Phone: +255784831788/ +255715389470
Parish Patron: Virgin Mary, Star of the Sea
Priest In-Charge (Pastor): Rev. Fr. Joseph Mbena
Assisting Priest(s): None
Religious Sisters: Congregation of Our Lady of Usambara (COLU)
Sundays: 7:00 AM
Bushiri, Mwembeni, Kingang’a, Kigurusimba, Kasanga, Kibinda, Mwera, Moka, Mahazara, Boza, Makorora, Kikokwe, & Sakura
Capuchin Fathers and Brothers (OFMCap), Mivumoni, P.O. Box 35, Pangani, Tanzania.
Franciscan Capuchin Sisters of Maua, Mivumoni, P.O. Box 35, Pangani, Tanzania.
Holy Spirit Sisters, P.O. Box 85, Pangani Tanzania.
PARISH PHOTO GALARY:
Virgin Mary, the Star of the Sea: the patroness of our parish, pray for us!
Bushiri, Mwembeni, Kimang’a, Kigurusimba, Kasanga, Kibinda, Mwera, Moka, Mahazara, Boza, Mbulizaga, Makorora, Kikokwe, Sakura and Mkalamo
Originally Pangani was an outstation of St. Anthony Cathedral Parish. Later in 1953 this outstation was placed under St. Theresa Parish in Tanga. A good number of outstations of St. TheresiaParish were located on the south side of Pangani Township across Pangani River. Crossing the Pangani River was very difficult because there was no bridge and the existing ferry/pantone was very small and inefficient. Very few cars managed to cross the River. Due to this it was very difficult for priests to frequent the outstations which were located in the southern area of the river. It was this condition which led to the establishment of the parish in Pangani.
Having the parish in Pangani would provide the place for the priests to easily organizing themselves to serve better the surrounding outstations than depending on commuting from St. Theresa Parish in Tanga. Prior to establishing the Pangani Parish, priests who served Pangani and its surrounding outstations were hosted in the Amboni Sisal Farm houses.
Rev. Fr. Francis Quinn, I.C. obtained the current area where the parish has been established. Together with Rev. Fr. John Fortune, I.C. he built the church, priests’ house and sisters’ house. The Church was consecrated in March 1989 and was handed to the diocese. Fr. Peter Rodoussakis was the first diocesan priest to be priest in-charge of this parish.
Currently, a number of religious communities from Kilimanjaro have moved to this area to establish their communities’ economic projects. The Franciscan Capuchin Fathers/Brothers as well as the Holy Spirit sisters have their centers in the area. They are presence in this community is the special witness of the Gospel of Christ.
Until now, there is no a native priest from this parish.