Name of the Parish: Kwai
Address: P.O.Box 73, Lushoto, Tanzania
Patron: St. Francis Xavery
Priest In-Charge (Pastor): Rev. Fr. Richard Kajiru
Assisting Priest(s): Rev. Fr. Peter Singano
Religious Sisters: Congregation of Our Lady of Usambara (COLU)
Kwai, Mazumbai, & Msale
St. Catherine/Kwai Health Center
Health Center: 1
PARISH PHOTO GALARY:
St. Francis Xavier: the patron of our parish, pray for us!
Mazumbai, Msale and Kinko
Kwai Parish is located in the midst of western Usambara Mountains along the country road which connects Lushoto Township and villages of Kwekanga, Malibwi, ad Mlola. Kwai was initially the outstation of Gare Parish. The parish was established 1965. Then the diocese built a diocesan Catechetical Institute connected to the parish. A number of lay people and their families went through the training in this college. Unfortunately the college couldn’t last longer due to poor college buildings which manifested so many cracks and thus not be suitable to house people safely.
Since initial buildings were not suitable for living, Fr. Sean Madden, I.C. managed in mid 1970s to build new and strong buildings to house the church, priests’ house, sisters’ house and a dispensary.
Fr. Madden is well known in his ministry to the Mbugu tribe. He worked very hard to instill the love of the Gospel in their life. The Mbugu tribe is among the minority tribe in Lushoto areas. They live between the majority Pare and Sambaa communities. Fr. Charles Mhina was the first person from the Mbugu tribe to be ordained a priest.
Fr. Edmund Spillane, I.C. took over from Fr. Madden, and did a lot of things, which made Kwai to become one among the outstanding parishes in the diocese.
Up to this moment Kwai Parish is being served by the Rosminian Fathers. With them is the team of COLU sisters whose ministry in the parish has extremely been vital in the work of evangelization. The presence of COLU sisters in the parish has continued to encourage more local women to join religious life. There are many women from this parish who have joined COLU sisters.
The native priest of Kwai Parish is: Charles Mhina (1987) (R.I.P).