Name of the Parish: Kwediboma
Address: P.O. Box 46, Handeni, Tanzania
Parish Patron: Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, & Joseph
Priest In-Charge (Pastor): Rev. Fr. Silas Singano
Assisting Priest(s): Rev. Anthony Saguti
Religious Sisters: Rosminians (Sisters of Divine Providence)
Weekdays: 6.30AM (M-F) & 7.00AM (Saturday)
Kwediboma, Tamota, Kwenji, Kwadudu, Mzinga, Kweligole, Magalu, Songe, Kilindi, Kingo, Kileguru, Tilwe, Mbogo, Msufini, & Vunila
Health Center Kwediboma, P.O. Box 46, Handeni, Tanzania
Colleges: 1 (Teachers’ College)
Health Center: 3
PARISH PHOTO GALARY:
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph: patron of our parish, pray for us!
Tamota, Kwinji, Kwadudu, Mzinga, Kweligole, Masagalu, Songe, Kilindi, Kingo, Kileguru, Tilwe, Mbogo, Msufini na Vunila.
Kwediboma Parish was initially in Handeni District. Currently with the creation of Kilindi District, Kwediboma fell under Kilindi District and it is the only Catholic Parish in the District. The parish is located 70 kilometers southwest of the Township of Handeni along the major road which connects the Handeni Township and parts of Dodoma and Arusha regions.
Originally Kwediboma was one of the outstations of Mhonda Parish in Turiani (Morogoro Diocese). Mhonda Parish was started by the Holy Ghost Fathers who travelled from their big center in Bagamoyo (Coast Region). These missionaries managed to come to Kwediboma for liturgical services once or twice a year because it was very far (about 250 kms) from Mhonda. Kwediboma was not only far from Mhonda but also the Zigua people who occupied this area were mostly Moslem. The infrequency of Catholic missionaries from Mhonda to Kwediboma did not generate much convertion of people to Catholicism.
It was much later that the Rosminian missionaries moved into Kwediboma and built the parish center. In 1950 Rev. Fr. Eugen Arthurs, I.C. who later became the bishop of Tanga, and Rev. Fr Francis Kennedy, I.C. came to Kwediboma to do a feasibility study to start a parish. First, they built a temporal house made by wood. Rev. Fr. Daniel McCaul, I.C. and Rev.Fr. Michael Reen, I.C. were the first to use this wooden house. After a short time they managed to build a good house for the priests. With the coming of Rosminian Sisters around the same time, this new house was assigned to the sisters and the priests remained in their original wooden house.
These sisters worked very hard to start a dispensary in Kwediboma. The dispensary provided vital and needed services to the people of Kwediboma especially to the local women who had to travel 70 kilometers to Handeni for health services. Local Moslems were so much impressed by the missionary sisters’ commitment to improving health care of the local people. That made them to fall in love with Christianity. A number of local people were converted to Christianity. Sisters Laura, Vianney, Getrude and Francis are well remembered because of their services to the sick. Others are sister Silvestra, Teresia, Rita Mektilde, Olimpia Alberta, Marisia, Emma, Renata and Juditha.
In 1956, the missionary priests built the Upper Middle School in Kwediboma to provide higher grade education to many boys who had completed bush school education. Since many local people had no much enthusiasm in formal education, the children from Kilimanjaro and other places took advantage of education in this school. The school became an oasis of high quality education for boys in the region. It is clearly that this school helped in the work evangelization in Kwediboma, many other parts of the diocese and beyond. People like Rev. Fr Martin Maganga and Rev. Fr. Severine Msemwa schooled in this school. The nationalization of schools of 1969 took this school from the church management to the government management.
The fertile land for agriculture in Kwediboma and its surrounding area attracted many people from many areas of Tanzania such as Lushoto, Arusha, Moshi, Same and Morogoro. They came into this area for farming and pasturing their animals. They settled and populated the place. A good number of these people who emigrated to Kwediboma were Catholics in faith.
Rosminian Fathers handed the parish to the diocese about fifteen years ago. The bishop sent Rev. Fr. Charles Mhina
The native priest from this parish is: Fr. Paul Maulidi Shirima (2011).