Name of the Parish: Sakharani
Address: P.O. Box 40, Lushoto, Tanzania
Patron: St. Joseph, the Worker
Priest In-Charge (Pastor): Rev. Fr. Nemes Kiama
Assisting Priest(s): none
Religious Sisters: Congregation of Our Lady of Usambara (COLU)
Sundays: Saa 3:00 Asubuhi
Weekdays: Saa 1:00 Asubuhi
Sakarani, Baga, Kwesine, & Kwehangala
- Benedictine Fathers Priory (Domus Religiosa). P.O. Box 40, Soni, Tanzania
PARISH PHOTO GALARY:
Baga, Kwesine, Kwehangala and Sakharani.
Sakharani Parish is located in the middle of Usambara Mountains few kilometers from the Soni Township along the country road which connects Soni and Bumbuli. Sakharani Parish is rooted from the presence of the Benedictine monks from Ndanda Abbey who intinially came to the Usambara Mountain since 1946 after they had bought a farm in the area. The intiaal goal of the Benedictine monks (brothers and priests) was to work in the farm. The Benedictine Sakharani farm became the rest house for the members of their congregation in Ndanda. The farm provided the needs to the guests and confrares who visited the place for rest. The monks engage themselves into farming, keeping animals as well carpentry and construction of buildings.
In 1970 Fr. Burkard Schneider, OSB who by then was a superior of the resting house in Sakharani, asked His Excellency Bishop Maurus Komba to give him a permission to engage himself in pastoral ministry in areas surrounding the Sakharani Farm. The bishop accepted Fr. Burkard’s request. He began visiting Masange and other places close to Sakharani. Fr. Edwin Frank, OSB came later and joined Fr. Burkard in pastoral ministries. These two priests worked together hand in hand to serve the spiritual/pastoral needs of the Catholics in Sakharani and its neigboring villages.
As the number of Catholics grew up in the area, Fr. Burkard and Edwin secured the plot of land connected to the Sakharani Farm to build a parish complex. Since they had much timber from the farm and they had skillful brothers in capentry and construction, they began the project of building the parish house. They built wooden parish church, the houses for sisters and two houses for priests. Sakharani Parish was officially named in 1976.
These two priests became the true apostles of Sakharani area and its vicinities. They opened and built churches in a number of outstation centers in villages like Baga, Kwesine, Kwehangala, Tekwa, Msamaka, and Nkelei. They didn’t open only outstations of mortal and stones but their pastoral love and zeal invited many women and men to church ministries. Sakharani has many girls who have become COLU sisters.
The native priests from Sakharani Parish are: Ernest Seng’enge (1981), Anthony Mtungunja (1991), Placidus Mtunguja, O.S.B. (2001), Clement Kihiyo Jandu (2008) and Valentine Kaniki, O.S.B (2011).