The Consecration of Monsignor Raymond Tapiwa Mupandasekwa, C.Ss.R as Redemptorist Bishop

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The Consecration

(Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe) Today on 7th April 2018, we witnessed the ordination of Right Rev. Raymond Tapiwa Mupandasekwa, C.Ss.R as the third Bishop of Chinhoyi Diocese, Zimbabwe. He is actually

1.    The first Redemptorist Bishop in Chinhonyi.

2.    The first black African Redemptorist in Zimbabwe, Africa and the whole Congregation of the Redemptorists.

The principal consecrator was Archbishop Robert Christopher Ndlovu (who was also the Administrator of the Diocese of Chinhoyi). He was assisted by Bishop Rudolf Nyandoro. Several other bishops were present including our own Redemptorist Bishop from the United Kingdom (Hallam), Bishop Ralph Heskett.

Fr Ronald McAinsh, the provincial superior and his vicar Fr Richard Reid also graced the occasion. Redemptorists from other African countries included Fr Raphael Kitheka the mission superior of Kenya and Fr Sean Wales the provincial superior of South Africa.

Profile: Family

Bishop Mupandasekwa was born on the 28th of April 1970 in Masvingo. His mother Roswita Madzima (deceased) was a housewife and a tailor. She died from breast cancer. His Father Fabian Mupandasekwa (Deceased) was a police officer for many years. He died in 2002 from injuries sustained from a car accident. These two staunch Catholics were married at Mukaro Mission in Bishop Mupandasekwa’s diocese of origin.

Education and Redemptorist formation

Chishawasha Seminary Harare, Zimbabwe – Diploma in Philosophy (1991-1993).

Chishawasha Seminary Harare, Zimbabwe – Honours Degree in Religious Studies (1995-2000).

St Augustine College South Africa – Masters in Canon Law (2001-2003).

Academia Alphonsiana Rome – Masters in Moral Theology (2007-2010).

Redemptorist Finally Professed: 21 February 1998.

Ordained priest – by Archbishop Patrick Chakaipa – 4 August 2001 in the Archdiocese of Harare, Zimbabwe.

Diocese of Origin: Masvingo.

Offices

Redemptorist Regional Superior (2015).

Redemptorist Student Formator (2010-2015).

Vice Rector of Holy Trinity College Harare, Zimbabwe (2014)

Member of the Board of Governors of Holy Trinity College.

Dean of Outer City Deanery, Harare Zimbabwe (2013-2015).

Ministries

Curate of St. Fidelis Parish – Mabvuku, Harare, Zimbabwe (2001-2005).

Parish Priest of St Gerard’s Parish, Borrowdale, Harare, Zimbabwe (2005-2007).

Parish Priest of St Fidelis Parish, Mabvuku, Harare (2010-2015).

Lecturer in Moral Theology, Chishawasha Seminary, Zimbabwe (2010-2014).

Lecturer in Moral Theology, Holy Trinity College, Harare, Zimbabwe (2010-2015).

Lecturer in Canon Law – Holy Trinity College, Harare, Zimbabwe (2012-2015).

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