Priest In-Charge (Pastor): Rev. Fr. Paulo Semkuya
Assisting Priest(s): None
Religious Sisters: None
Mkalamo, Kwamsisi, & Mbulizaga
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MKALAMO QUASI PARISH
Mkalamo Quasi-Parish is located in southwestern of the Pangani Township. It is in the village and the ward of Mkalamo in Pangani District. This parish is along the country road which connects the Indian Ocean in the east and villages of Kwamsisi and Mkata as far as Handeni Township in its west. The railroad which used to connect the stations of Mnyuzi in the north and Ruvu in the south used to pass in Mkalamo.
Mkalamo Quasi Parish used to be the outstation of Pangani Parish. Much way back before it became the outstation of Pangani, the priests served Mkalamo from St. Theresa Parish in Tanga. Due to a long distance both from Tanga and Pangani and also since transportation in this part of the country is so difficult, priests from both St. Theresa and Pangani parishes visited Mkalamo sparingly. The Catholic community in this area continued to be served by faithful catechists for long periods of time when priests failed to visit them.
In 2007 Rt. Rev. Bishop Anthony Banzi realized the importance of evangelization of this area. In that year he commissioned Rev. Fr. Paul Semkuya to be a resident priest in Mkalamo and elevated this outstation into a quasi parish. Since that time, Fr. Semkuya has been working in Mkalamo tirelessly. He is struggling to build up the church building and the priests’ house.
To support the work of evangelization in Mkalamo area, Bishop Banzi invited in June 2012 the diocesan church to celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Mkalamo. A good number of priests, sisters, and lay people came in solidarity in Mkalamo to celebrate this solemnity with holy mass and Eucharistic procession. It was a big testimony of faith to the people of Mkalamo.
Until now, there is no a native from Mkalamo Quasi Parish who has been ordained a priest.