PHASE FOUR: 1970 - PRESENT
A: MOST REV. BISHOP MAURUS GERVAS KOMBA (1970 – 1988)
i). Vocation of Native Sisters
B: MOST REV. BISHOP TELESPHORE MKUDE (1988 – 1993)
b). The Early Years of Bishop Mkude
C: TRANSITIONING (APRIL 10, 1993 – JUNE 10, 1994)
D: MOST REV. BISHOP ANTHONY BANZI (1994 – PRESENT)
b). Strong Leadership of Bishop Banzi
Bishop Banzi has provided the Diocese of Tanga with strong leadership as the diocese moved from the end of 20th Century and into the 21st Century. With great vigor he has supported pastoral activities throughout the diocese in many ways, forms and shapes.
c). Higher Education to the Diocesan Clergy
Bishop Banzi has championed in higher education of his diocesan priests. He has supported them in doing their high degree studies in international universities in various places in the world such as in Italy, Kenya, USA, Austria and Ireland. Because of this educational support, a number of Tanga Diocese priests are now ministering in all major seminaries in the country as well as at St. Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT) both at the main campus in Mwanza and in its subsidiary colleges throughout the country.
d). Diocesan Pastoral Center
Bishop Banzi started the erection of the Diocesan Pastoral Center the project which was initiated by his predecessor Bishop Telesphore Mkude. The center now is housing a good number of diocesan offices including bishop’s office. The bishop also has supervised to the building of Pope John Paul II Center the project which continues to provide hospitality to visitors who come in the diocese. This building is so beautiful. It oversees the Indian Ocean. At the same time Bishop Banzi managed to build the new bishop’s house in Raskazone, which continues to provide great relief to the bishop who in hosting diocesan guests who visit the diocese. During his time, he was able to purchase the building next to his residence in Raskazone from Sisal Authority and turned it into a guesthouse for diocesan visitors.
e). Diocesan Pastoral Calendar
f). The Ministry of the Diocesan Native Sisters
Bishop Banzi has been a champion in integrating the ministry of the COLU sisters in the pastoral life of the diocese. He has always been there to support the vocation work in the diocese and supported the ministry of the COLU sisters in the diocese.
g). Ministry of the Missionary Groups in Tanga
Bishop Banzi has continued to support the ministry of Rosminian Fathers in the diocese. The Rosminian priests and brothers are now mostly native. They are part of the Tanga Diocese identity and they are very integral part in the work of evangelization. They are now staffing six of our diocesan parishes (Gare, Lushoto, Mombo, Kwalukonge, Kwai,and St. Peter-Saruji). Bishop Banzi continues to support the ministry of the Benedictine Fathers in the Diocese who are now staffing two of our diocesan parishes in Mabughai and Soni.We continue to have the honor of the founding Congregation of Holy Ghost Fathers who have their Novitiate House in Magamba, Lushoto. At the same time Bishop Banzi has continued to support the ministry and the presence of the oldest missionaries in the diocese: The Precious Blood Sisters who operate various ministries in the Diocese mostly in Lushoto District. Bishop Banzi continues to support the vibrant ministry of Sister Karen, the Little Sister of St. Francis as she continues to minister to the Maasai population in Handeni Area.
New Religious communities have been invited to minister and establish themselves in Tanga Diocese. The bishop has invited the priests of Apostolic Life Community of Priests in the Opus Sancti Spiritus (ALCP/OSS) who are now staffing the parish in Kabuku. Bishop Banzi continues to support the diversity identity of the large church making the Diocese of Tanga both local and global. A number of new religious communities have come into Tanga and establish themselves as their home. We have Passionist Fathers and Brothers and IVREA Sisters in Zeneth area. We have Franciscan Capuchins in Mivumoni Pangani. We have Sisters of St.Gemma Galgani from Dodoma who are now opening their home at Chang’ombe Village in Segera/Hale area and Huruma ya Mungu Sisters are opening their subhouse in Mailikumi Korogwe. We have a community of sisters “Collegine Sisters of the Holy Family” who have a very vibrant ministry to the orphans and street children in Bombo Area in Tanga. Recently the new Missioanry Carmelite Sisters of St. Theresa of Child Jesus has started their presence in Lushoto.
h). Evangelization Through Technology
To respond to the needs of the evangelization, Bishop Banzi has been a proponent of the new technologies in evangelization. In his administration he has overseen the establishment of the Radio Huruma which is a powerful tool of evangelization throughout the diocese. At his great support, the diocese now is having its own website at www.dioceseoftanga.org which continues to connect the Diocese of Tanga to rest of the world. Bishop Banzi has appointed Rev. Fr. Richard Kimbwi to champion these efforts. Fr. Kimbwi has been sponsored to further his technological skills in Austria. It is the goal of the diocese to utilize up-to-moment technology to better evangelization of the Gospel in the diocese.
i). Ministry of Catechists in the Diocese
Bishop Banzi has continued to acknowledge the vital ministry of the lay catechists in the diocese from its distant past to our own days and in the future to come. He stresses clearly that the Church of Tanga and the church at large would have hard time to survive without the vital contribution of the ministry of catechists at all levels of the church operation. With this understanding, bishop Banzi has established a Diocesan Catechetical Department which oversees the formation of catechists in the diocese. This department is responsible to plan for the spiritual, intellectual, and social wellbeing of catechists in the diocese.
Bishop Banzi has pioneered to the establishment of the Diocesan Catechetical College in Mlingano Parish. Such a college was established in Kwai Parish back in the early 1960s during the leadership of Bishop Eugene Arthurs but it vanished shortly because of its poor buildings. This new College is going to officially open on March 2, 2013 with the solemn blessing by Bishop Banzi.
j). New Parishes in the Diocese
Since his administration in this diocese up to this year 2013, Bishop Banzi has elevated six outstations into full parish and three outstations into sub-parishes. These six parishes are: Tekwa Parish (2001) from Sakharani Parish, Kwalukonge Parish (2003) from Mombo Parish, Mkuzi Parish (2003) from Kwai Parish,Mabughai Parish (2010) from Lushoto Parish,Amboni Parish (2011) from St. Anthony Cathedral Parish, and Mtindiro Parish (2011) from Muheza Parish. The three sub-parishes are Misozwe from Mlingano Parish, Mkalamo from Pangani Parish and Donge from St. Mathias Mulumba Parish.
k). Ordination to Priesthood
Since 1994 to this year 2013 bishop Banzi has ordained 33 diocesan priests. It is this great blessing of workers in the vineyard which has allowed him to open new parishes, and new ministries. It is also the same blessing which has allowed him to send some of his priests for further studies and also be generous in supporting the ministry of the entire church of Tanzania in its nation-wide institutions both at SAUT and major seminaries.
l). The First Bishop from the Natives of Tanga
The Administration of Bishop Banzi in Tanga has witnessed the historical event for the diocese to have one of its diocesan priests being elevated to the ministry of the bishop. On Saturday February 16, 2013 the Vatican appointed Rev. Fr. Titus Joseph Mdoe to be the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Dar-Es-Salaam. The bishop-elect Titus Mdoe is the native of Gare Parish in Lushoto. He was ordained a priest of the diocese of Tanga on June 24, 1986. After his ordination he ministered as the assisting priests and then as the priest in-charge in several parishes of the Diocese. For a long time he held two vital diocesan offices for Vocations and for the Youths. Recently he graduated from St. Clara University in California, USA. When he returned back to the diocese from the USA he was sent to be a Bursar at Stella Maris University in Mtwara, Tanzania until his appointment to the ministry of the bishop.