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The Diocese of Mpwapwa is part of the Anglican Church of Tanzania. It was carved out of the Diocese of Central Tanganyika, and inaugurated on 23rd June 1991.
Rt. Revd. Dr Jacob Chimeledya
The Diocese is led by the
The Rt. Rev. Dr Jacob Chimeledya who was installed as the
second Diocesan Bishop on Sunday 30th September 2007. Under him is the
Diocesan Secretariat which comprises four officers heading the departments of
Development Services, Christian Education, Finance, and Stewardship and
Evangelism. There are also eighty-eight priests and twenty-six deacons,
working in eighty-five parishes with around 680
congregations. All, but a handful of these are in rural areas.
It is estimated that there are 150,000 members of the Diocese, of whom sixty
percent are below the age of forty-five years.
Rt. Revd. Dr Simon Chiwanga
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Simon E. Chiwanga, who was the first Diocesan Bishop retired in 2007.
As a relatively new Diocese, Mpwapwa lacks a heritage of equipment and foreign capital reserves on which to draw. However it is rich in enthusiasm and team work, offering a sound base for the life and work of the Church.
LOOKING UNTO JESUS
The Diocesan Shield (Nembo)
Emblem Description :
The Diocesan Motto is in Kiswahili "Kumtazama Yesu" which means Looking Unto Jesus and speaks of the need to keep our eyes firmly set on Him especially when the road is rough and steep.
The Diocese takes in the administrative boundaries of the Mpwapwa and Kongwa Districts (approximately 4144 square kilometres (1600 square miles) in area), which were created before the First World War by the German Colonial Authorities. It is almost centrally located on the Tanzanian mainland, lying between the 5º 30' and 7º latitudes and straddles the 36º longitude line. Its dominant physical features include semi arid scrubland formed at around 3000ft ~ 4000ft above sea level, and a mountainous belt across the centre with peaks upwards of 7000ft. Climatically Mpwapwa is relatively cool at night and warm and sunny during the day. The average temperature is 21ºC with average rainfall of 700mm per annum. In good years the rainy season starts from mid November until the end of April, but about one in every five years it is prone to fail completely.
Mpwapwa Town is situated in the centre of the Mpwapwa district, with a population of about 30,000. It acts as the administrative centre for the district, with facilities such as a bank, a post office, a court house, a veterinary research centre, a secondary school and a teacher training college. It lies nestled into the edge of the hills, approximately 80km (about 2½ hours drive) from Dodoma.
St Luke's Hospital is situated in the village of Ving'hawe, on the outskirts of Mpwapwa town. The village has a population of approximately 5000, covering a fairly widespread area. About half this number are under 15, and about a quarter are under 5.
At the Rochester Diocesan Synod (Church of England) meeting on 16 October 2004 a link was approved between the Diocese of Rochester and the Dioceses of Mpwapwa and Kondoa. We very much look forward to the ongoing establishing and development of this in the fellowship and love of the Lord.