Priest In-Charge (Pastor): Rev. Fr. Anthony Mitchell, I.C.
Assisting Priest(s): None
Religious Sisters: Congregation of Our Lady of Usambara (COLU)
Sundays: 9:00A (At Health Center: 7.15A)
Weekdays: 6:30A (At Health Center 6:30A)
Kwalukonge, Kibaoni, Changalikwa, Mwenga, Mzeri, & Mkalamo
Kwalukonge Health Center, P.O. Box 34, Mombo, Tanzania.
Health Center: 1
PARISH PHOTO GALARY:
Jesus, Good Shepherd: the patron of our parish, have mercy on us!
Kibaoni, Changalikwa, Mwenga, Mzeri and Mkalamo
Kwalukonge was initially an outstation of Mazinde Parish and then became an outstation of Mombo Parish. Initally Kwalukonge was a subsidiary sisal estate plantation of the Mazinde sisal estate. Few sisal estate employees lived in plantation houses. The population of Catholics from the sisal estate farm was very small.
In late 1960s, the government acquired the big land in Kwalukonge area and established the Magamba-Kwalukonge Ujamaa Village. The village attracted many people from various areas who came and established themselves in the village. The villagers were very successful in modern farming producing a lot of corn (maize) and peanuts. A good number of people who came to join the Ujamaa Village were many Catholics. As the village grew up, the Kwalukonge outstation became very profound.
The increasing number of Catholics population in Kwalukonge area led the need of establishing a parish center. Rev. Fr. Nazzareno Natale, I.C secured the money to build the parish. He built the big church, priests’ residence and sisters’ convent. Fr. Nazzareno continued to build a secondary school in the area and girls’ dormitory for female students who attend the secondary school. He then handed the secondary school to the government.
After the completion of all the construction work, the bishop blessed the new church in Kwalukonge and elevated the Kwalukonge outstation into an independent parish. Fr. Nazzareno left Kwalukonge after he had finished its construction. The parish is still being administered by the Rosminian Fathers with collaboration with a team of sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mount Usambara (COLU).
The history of Soni Junior Seminary shows that there have been many young boys who did their high school education in the seminary but until now there is no anyone who has been ordained to priesthood.