Priest In-Charge (Pastor): Rev. Fr. Thadeus Ponera
Assisting Priest(s): None
Religious Sisters: Congregation of Our Lady of Usambara (COLU)
Weekdays: 6.30AM (M-F) & 7:00A (Sat)
Mazinde, Mnazi, Mkomazi, Manga, Mkumbara, Mabogo, Mbuyuni, & Toronto
Mazinde Ngua Dispensary, P.O. Box 42, Mombo, Tanzania.
PARISH PHOTO GALARY:
Virgin Mary, Mother of sorrows: the patroness of our parish, pray for us!
Mnazi, Mkomazi, Manga, Mkumbara, Mabogo, Mbuyuni and Toronto
Originally this parish was an outstation of Kilole Parish and later it became the outstation of Gare Parish. It is located 2 kms north of the Korogwe-Moshi highway under the foot of western Usambara Mountains. It is about 15 kilometers west of Mombo Township.
Rev. Fr. Francis Hubsh, I.C. built the first church in Mazinde back in 1923. This was a small church. Later in 1938-39 a newer and bigger church was built. This church was consecrated in 1940. Later Rev. Fr. Dick Foley, I.C. built a bigger priests’ house as a rest house for many missionary priests who commuted between Moshi to Tanga.
The Catholic population of Mazinde comes from the native Sambaa people who live along the Usambara Mountains. Also there is a good number of people from outside the local area who came to work in various sisal plantations surrounding Mazinde.
Mazinde was made a parish of its own in 1951. Sisters of Congregation of Our Lady of Usambara (COLU) have been staffing this parish for years. Their ministries have varied from teaching religious education, teaching in the local primary schools, to running the Health Center.
Since its inception the Rosminian Fathers have been ministering in this parish until in the mid-1980s when they handed the parish back to the bishop. Ever since, the local diocesan priests have been ministering in this parish.
Mazinde Parish has been blessed with much priestly and religious life. Many girls responded to consecrate their life as nuns in the Congregation of Our Lady of Usambara and many boys joined the seminary and some of them became priests.
Native priests from Mazinde Parish are: John Kika Zuakuu (1987), Paul Semkuya (1991), Passian Salimu Kika (1994) and Thomas Kiangio (1997).