Name of the Parish: Mkuzi
Address: P.O. Box 267, Lushoto, Tanzania
Phone: +255656050216
E-mailparokia_mkuzi@dioceseoftanga.org
Patron: Sacred Heart of Jesus 
Deanery: Lushoto
Established: 2003

PARISH STAFF

Priest In-Charge (Pastor): Rev. Fr. Vitus Nkondora
Assisting Priest(s): None
Religious Sisters: None

MASS SCHEDULE:
Sundays: 8:30AM
Weekdays: 6:30AM

OUTSTATIONS: (1) Milungui

RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS:

  • Kifungilo Girls Secondary School, P.O. Box 37, Lushoto, Tanzania.
  • Precious Blood Sisters (C.P.S) Convent, P.O. Box 37, Lushoto, Tanzania.
  • Kifungilo Dispensary
  • Chaplaincy at Kifungilo, P.O. Box 37, Lushoto

EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS:

Kindergarten:
Primary:
Secondary:
Colleges:

HEALTH INSTITUTIONS:
Hospital:
Health Center:
Dispensary:

PARISH HISTORY:

PARISH PHOTO GALARY:

Sacred Heart of Jesus: the patron of our parish, have mercy on us!

Outstations

Milungui

Milungui was under Kwai Parish and it was stared under Fr. Luigi Cerena I 1971. It had by then a total number of about 30 Christians. A long distance between Kwai and Milungui Facilitated the founding of the Outstation.

Milungui has now abou 580 Christians out of six Small Christian Communities. When Mkuzi became a Parish, Milungui was incorporated into Mkuzi Parish.

PARISH HISTORY

Mkuzi is a village located in the midst of Usambara Mountains, few kilometers from Lushoto Township along the rural road which connects Lushoto, and villages of Mlola, Kwekanga, and Malibwi. Mkuzi is in between two old parishes of Gare and Kwai as well as a new parish of Mabughai.  Mkuzi was one of the Kwai outstations. Its history goes even further when it was part of Gare Parish. Since 1915 priests from Gare would visit Mkuzi for church services. Later when Kwai became a parish, Mkuzi was entrusted to Kwai for its pastoral care. Priests and nuns from Kwai would visit Mkuzi for pastoral and sacramental celebrations. Mkuzi has many good families with long roots in Catholicism. A good number of them have family connections with families in Gare areas. The number of Catholics in Mkuzi grew up rapidly to make it a very vibrant outstation. In 2003, Mkuzi was created as an independent parish.

The old Catholics in Mkuzi can easily remember the good missionary work done by Rosminian missionaries like Rev. Frs Luigi Cerana, I.C. , Fr. Michael O’Shea I.C., Fr. Jim Polock, I.C. and Fr. Gerald Cunningham, I.C. These priests were very much attracted by Mkuzi and invested their strength to evangelization of the area. Each one of them has contributed in his own way to develop Mkuzi in different aspects. Fr. Cunningham as the priest in-charge for Mkuzi resided in Kwai and kept commuting to Mkuzi. He is known to the building of priests’ residence in Mkuzi and also a vocational school for carpentry.

The Catholic faith in Mkuzi as it is in Gare has deep roots. This is manifested to the good amount of priestly and religious vocations. A good number of daughters from Mkuzi joined the Congregation of Our Lady of Usambara as nuns.

The native priests from this Mkuzi Parish are: Casmir Magwiza (1975), Richard Mshami (1981), and John Sabuni (2001).