- 20 January 1879: The arrival of the White Missionaries at Ujiji, on the Lakeshore of Tanganyika.
- 23 July 1879: The Missionaries left Ujiji to Rumonge, Burundi.
- 4 September: The Missionaries came back to Ujiji and tried to establish a mission and catechetical school.
- May 1884: The Missionaries left Ujiji once again for Karema.
- February 1914: The Central Railway Line reached Kigoma.
- 1914-1917: The establishment of the Mission cum procura at Kigoma to serve the dioceses around Lake Tanganyika.
- 13 August 1929: Bishop Joseph BIRRAUX officially shifted his headquaters from Karema to Ujiji.
- 22 October 1930: Opening of Ujiji Seminary and arrival of Seminarians from Karema.
- July 1932: The whole of Buha was embodied to the Vicariate of Tanganyika under Mgr. Joseph BIRRAUX.
- 7 March 1937: Consecration of Mgr. Jan Van SAMBEEK at Ujiji.
- 10 May 1946: Erection of the Vicariate of Kigoma under Mgr. Jan Van SAMBEEK.
- 1 January 1948: Mgr. Jan Van SAMBEEK shifted the Headquaters of the Vicariate of Kigoma from Ujiji to Kabanga.
- 10 May 1950: Dedication of Our Lady of Victories Cathedral, Kigoma by Mgr. David Mathew, Apostolic Delegate.
- 10 May 1953: Erection of Kigoma Diocese.
The Church of Kigoma Catholic Diocese.
- 1957: Consecration of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Kakonko Church.
- August 1958: Appointment of Mgr. James Holmes SIEDLE to Kigoma.
- 6 August 1967: The Ordination of Fr. Alex SUNZU, the first African Priest from Kigoma.
- 22 February 1970: The consecration and installation of the first African Bishop Alphonce D. Nsabi.
- 10 November 1989: The appointment of Bishop Paul RUZOKA as the Bishop of Kigoma.
- 23 July 2000: Consecration of Katubuka Parish.
- 28 january 2007: Installation of ArchBishop Paul RUZOKA as the ArchBishop of Tabora.
- 6 May 2007: Consecration of St. John's Church, Mabamba.
- 18 January 2008: Appointment of Bishop-Elect Protase RUGAMBWA.
- 13 April 2008: Consecration and installation of Bishop Protase RUGAMBWA.
INAUGURATION OF THE FIRST SYNOD OF THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF KIGOMA
On May, 25 2006, The first Diocesan Synod of Kigoma was inaugurated by Bishop Paul Ruzoka who was the bishop of Kigoma by that time. In his inaugural pastoral letter which was issued on the day of Pentecost, he reiterated that the inauguration marked the beginning of an opportune moment and period of grace. He insisted that it was the moment where by the whole Church of Kigoma was being invited to come together to discuss and pray in invoking the Holy Spirit to illumine them in mind and hearts, to strengthen them so as to know accurately those things which unite them plan better how they had liked to live the faith their Diocese.
Through the reflection and discuss in the synod sessions, the synod members expected to come up with implementable policies and programs for the better of the future Church in Kigoma so that as its final fruition, the church may finally be self-governing, self-propagating and self- supporting.
BISHOP PAUL RUZOKA ELEVATED TO DIGNITY OF ARCHBISHOP AND TRANSFERRED TO TABORA ARCHDIOCES
On November 25, 2006, Bishop Paul Ruzoka was raised to the rank of an archbishop and transferred to Tabora Archdiocese in accordance to Papal appointment by Pope Benedict XVI. Prior to that Archbishop Paul Ruzoka had been bishop of Kigoma for 17 years. In the meantime the Archbishop Ruzoka remained the Apostolic Administrator until the appointment of his successor.
CONTINUATION OF KIGOMA DIOCESAN SYNOD
On May 13, 2010 the synod of Kigoma that had been halted following the transfer of the resident Bishop, was announced to be resumed officially. In his pastoral letter that announced the continuation, which was read on the day of Pentecost, Bishop Protase Rugambwa the then Bishop Kigoma outlined program that was to be followed during the synod sessions. Moreover, the Bishop reiterated that the synod was the continuation with almost the same themes with exception of minor modifications. In his speech he appealed to the people of God in Kigoma to respond to the synod call by being ready to launch out into the deep (Lk 5:5) as did the first disciples.
PROMULGATION OF THE DECREES AND DECLARATIONS OF THE FIRST SYNOD OF THE DIOCESE OF KIGOMA
On October 1, 2011 on the Feast of Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus, Patroness of the Missions, fruits of the First Diocesan Synod were promulgated by Rt. Rev. Protase Rugambwa, the then Bishop of Kigoma. Since the synod fruits were in a single document in the form of Decrees and Declarations, the bishop promulgate the entire document in its entirety to be binding starting from 1 November that Year. The Faithful of Kigoma were joined hand in celebrating the event by invited guests and well wishers from every corner of Tanzania. During the promulgation, His Grace Francisco M. Padilla, the Apostolic Nuncio to Tanzania was the Guest of Honor. Other important dignitaries at the occasion were Archbishop Paul Ruzoka, head of the Metropolitan of Tabora, Bishop Ludovic Minde (Kahama), Bishop Desiderius Rwoma (Singida), Bishop Almachius Rweyongeza (Kayanga), bishops of other denominations, Priests delegates (Rulenge Ngara),the Regional Commissioner Hon.Ret. Col. Joseph Simbakalia, the District Commissioner Hon. John Mongella and others. In his declaration speech the Bishop of Kigoma explained that the synod document which contained declaration and legal directive was to be a directory that would lead and guide the faithful of Kigoma in the life and mission of the Church.
ESTABLISHMENT OF BENE TEREZYA SISTERS COMMUNITY IN MUSAGARA PARISH.
On 25/01/2012 The parish of Musagara joyfully received The sisters from the Congregation Bene Terezya – Gitega BURUNDI as they came to establish their community there. The sisters from the said congregation have been working in Kigoma Diocese since 1970. The pioneers of the sisters’ convent in Musagara were :-
- Sr. Magdalena MINANI
- Sr. Devota BONIFACE
- Nov. Zenobia LIGANYA
Their coming marked the re-opening of Musagara Dispensary which was established in 1995 but was temporally closed in 2010 due to lack of personnel.
ARRIVAL OF THE CONGREGATION OF FRASISCAN SISTERS OF ST. BERANADETTE FROM RULENGE NGARA DIOCESE.
On 30/01/2012, There were three important events which took place in Kakonko parish. These were Arrival of the Congregation of Frasiscan Sisters of St. Beranadette, the official reopening of Kakonko dispensary and Blessing of the Rectory.
On the above mentioned date, The sisters of the Congregation of Frasiscan Sisters of St. Bernadette Rulenge-Ngara(FSSB) arrived in Kigoma Diocese for the first time with the intention of extending their apostolate in Kigoma. They were to serve in specifically at Kakonko Dispensary. It was a great joy for the people of Kakonko to receive the sisters of the said congregation to resume the service. The first community of the Sisters consisted in four members namely:-
|1||Sr. Melania Petro||Clinical Officer In-charge|
|2||Sr. Winifrida Domitian||Nurse Midwife|
|3||Sr. Veresi Night||Bursar|
|4||Sr. Demitilda Kokwihukya||Home Affairs|
The above mentioned Sisters were accompanied by the then Mother Supurior Rev. Sr. Pulcheria Iholana and a number of Sisters and priests.
The occasion was celebrated in matrix with other equally important events. On the same day the re-opening of Kakonko Dispensary which had remained closed since 1971, following the departure of the Sisters of the Congregation of Daughter of Mary from the Arch Diocese of Tabora due to the problem of insecurity by that time. Kakonko dispensary was blessed and re – opened officially by Rt. Rev. Protase Rugambwa on 30th January, 2012, after having been rehabilitated with the aid from Christian Social Service Commission of Tanzania (CSSC) in 2006. This exercise of blessing the Dispensary went hand in hand with blessing of Kakonko Parish Rectory which had been rehabilitated too.
BISHOP PROTASE RUGAMBWA APPOINTED TO WORK IN THE VATICAN.
On Tuesday 26.06. 2012, the Diocese of Kigoma through the college of consulters who had gathered at the Bishop’s house hall received the striking news that the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI had appointed Rt. Rev. Protase Rugambwa, the then Bishop of Kigoma as Adjunct Secretary of the Congregation of Evangilization of Peoples and President of Pontifical Missionary Works at the sametime elevating him to the dignity of Archbishop. Archbishop Rugambwa was at the same time appointed to be the Apostolic Administrator of Kigoma Diocese until when he would leave the diocese for the Vatican as his new residence. We thanked God for the grace he had showered on us through the person of Rt. Rev. Protase Rugambwa during the whole time he stayed among us as our chief pastor.
THE DIOCESE OF KIGOMA CELEBRATES HER FIRST DIOCESAN HEALTH DAY.
On 05. 07. 2012 The diocese of Kigoma through the coordination of the Health Department, celebrated the first Diocesan Health Day in the her history with the Motto “Tuwajali na kuwapenda walemavu wa ngozi na wagonjwa wa macho” meaning let us love and care for the albinos and the blind. It was famously known as Albinism day. During the Celebration, the Guest of Honor Lt. Col. Issa Saleh Machibya (RC Kigoma) inaugurated the solidality fund namely “Bishop Jean Van Sambeek Charitable Fund”. The fund aimed at helping the poor people around Kabanga Referral Hospital to secure subsidized health services from the Kabanga Referral Hospital. The Diocesan Health Day is meant to be celebrated every year.
The diocesan Health Department which was at that time under the leadership of Sr. Philipina Rubavu was established on 1st August 1998 as an independent Department within the Diocesan Organogram. Prior to that time, it was a section under Caritas Kigoma Department since 1995.
THE CELEBRATION OF THE DIOCESAN FEAST DAY AND FAREWELL FUNCTION
On 15. 08. 2012, the Diocese of Kigoma celebrated her first Diocesan Feast Day. The Dicesan Feast Day, according to the First Diocesan Synod Resolutions was meant to be celebrated annually. The Celebration went in matrix with the farewell function to their beloved Bishop which was organized following the appointment of Archbishop Protase Rugambwa to work in the Vatican as Adjunct Secretary and President of PMS. Present at the occasion was the Apostolic Nuncio to Tanzania his Grace Fracisco M. Padilla, who used that oppoturnity to announce Archbishop Paul Ruzoka as the Appostolic Administrator of Kigoma according to the Papal appointment. Realizing that he wouldn’t be available in Kigoma all the time he would be needed, Archbishop Paul Ruzoka appointed Very Reverend Fr. Sebastian Nzabhayanga to the Assistant Administror. Prior to that Appointment Rev. Fr. Nzabhayanga was the Vicar General and Moderator of Personnel of the Diocese during the Leadership of Rt. Rev. Protase Rugambwa. All the people present wished the three all the best in their new apostolate.
THEATRE AND MATERTNITY BUILDINGS INAUGURATION CEREMONY AT KABANGA HOSPITAL 25. 10. 2012
The mentioned date will always be remembered in the history of Kabanga Referral Hospital. This is because on that date Kabanga referral Hospital was graced with the coming of Honorable Dr. Seif Rashid (Mb) the Deputy Minister of Health who represented Honorable Kayanza Mizengo Peter Pinda (Mb), The Prime Minister on the official Inaugural Ceremony of newly constructed Theatre & ward buildings.
The guest of honour was hosted by Archbishop Paul Ruzoka of the Archdiocese of Tabora, the then Apostolic Administrator of the Kigoma Diocese. The Archbishop solemnly blessed the building soon after the inaugural act by guest of Honor. Other important dignitaries to flank the occasion were the R.C of Kigoma Lt. Col. (ret.) Issa S. Machibya, TEC Health Secretary Dr. Kigadye, Representatives from Christian Social Services Commission & KFW, D.C Kasulu Mr. Dan Makanga, Hospital Director Fr. Sebastian Nzabhayanga and many others.
It should be remembered that the construction and rehabilitation of the buildings was made possible due to financial assistance from the Development Bank of Germany famously known as KFW in Collaboration with the government of Tanzania and in Partnership with CSSC.
Following the government’s decision to raise the hospital to a referral level in 2010, the construction of the buildings that started in 2008, aiming at modernizing the hospital which was established in 1950 adds a dot to the hospital’s efforts in coping with her newly granted referral status.
OFFICIAL INAUGURATION OF MATERNITY WARD AT KASUMO DISPENSARY.
On 15. 11. 2012, The Kasumo Dispensary Community Staff, neighbors and invited guests participated and witnessed the official opening of the newly constructed maternity ward expected to serve the expectant mothers from Kasumo village and her neighborhood. The inaugural ceremony was graced to have Mr. Charles Gishuri, the then first District Commissioner of Buhigwe new District as the Chief Guest. The event also marked the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Kasumo dispensary since 1962 by Sr. Margreth Garnet and Fr. Adrian Grout (PP), following the permission from Bishop Holmes Siddle. The Maternity ward building was financed by the donor friends of FALMI Sisters who were rendering their apostolate at Kasumo till that time. The villagers jubilated and were very grateful to the Diocesan Administration as well as the FALMI Sisters who facilitated and financed the achievement of the project respectively.
OPENING OF THE YEAR OF FAITH CELEMONY MURUBONA KASULU.
On 9th December 2012, Archbishop Paul Ruzoka Opened the Year of faith officially in the Diocese of Kigoma. The opening mass was held at Murubona. Present were the Deans of Kigoma and Kamakaka Deanery, the Diocesan Chancenllor and Diocesan Treasure General. The faithful of Kasulu town participated in multitude for the Holy Mass as the occasion was also conjoined with the confirmation of about 325 youths a sign of growth in faith. In his Opening speech Archbishop Paul Ruzoka urged the faithful to be diligent in matters of faith, to learn the faith and witness it in life; witnessing to point of being ready to die for it as in the case of historical saints. Archbishop Ruzoka used the occasion to summarize the whole programme of the year of faith and urged the faithful to be faithful to it. “By celebrating it well they shall be in communion with the Holy father who saw it good to announce it”, said the Archbishop who was by then Apostolic Administrator of Kigoma Diocese.
SACERDOTAL ORDINATION OF DEACON EVARIST RIZIKI GUZUYE.
On 18, August, 2013 the faithful of St. Theresia of the child Jesus Parish - Muhange joined the rest of Kigoma diocese faithful and other well wishers in jubilating the ordination of their beloved son Evarist Riziki Anthony Guzuye. Fr. Evarist , prior to his ordination, was studying in Rome as a major seminarian and was ordained a deacon there. He had just started his first year of his pursuit of a licentiate in Canon Law, when he came back to his home diocese for sacerdotal ordination. Ordination ceremony that took place at St. Theresia of Child Jesus Parish premises, was presided upon by His grace Archbishop Paul Ruzoka the then Apostolic Administrator of Kigoma Diocese.
THE DIOCESE OF KIGOMA CLOSES THE YEAR OF FAITH OFFICIALLY.
On 24. 11. 2013, the Diocese of Kigoma closed the Year of Faith officially. The Closing Ceremony which was organized by the preparatory committee was marked by Holy Mass presided upon by His Grace Archbishop Paul Ruzoka, the then Archbishop of Tabora and Apostolic Administrator of Kigoma Diocese. The event was equally marked by the reception of the Jubilee Cross which had finalized the cross race across the whole diocese. The Jubilee cross was received by the Archbishop at the entrance of the Our Lady Queen of Victories Cathedral and installed back in the Cathedral Church. It was also an opportunity in which the Archbishop received the report on how, where and when the Year of faith was planned, financed and implemented in the Diocese as it was presented to him by one of the members of the preparations committee. In a nutshell, in their report, the preparations committee thanked the Church Authorities for the creativity that resulted in giving the Catholics an opportunity to ponder on their faith and witness it both internally and externally.
CATHECHISTS ‘MISSIO CANONICA’.
On 01. 03. 2014, The community of Kasulu Catechetical training college celebrated the graduation of their fellow 20 Catechist who had completed a long course of two years. The occasion was graced by the presence of His grace Archbishop Paul Ruzoka. The Celebrations commenced with the celebration of the Holy Mass that took place in St. Francis Xavery Parish Church at Kumsenga, Kasulu. Within the Mass a total number of 20 catechist grandaunts were sent officially on mission (mission Canonica) to go serve in their respective places throughout the Diocese of Kigoma. The celebrations were edified by the ngoma and other plays prepared by catechists.
Prepared by Fr. Kilian Tereba
Diocesan Secretary & Chancellor