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8th May 2010

St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church 1994-2010
Ward 31,
Makoni, Rural District Council,
Nzvimbe Church

1. The beginning and location:
Nzvimbe church is about 80km south of Rusape off Dorowa Murabinda Road: The church started in 1994 with only four members:Mr. and Mrs. Mabika, Mr. and Mrs. Mushori.

Fr Michael Leonard (Killaloe Diocese,Ireland) was the first priest to visit this small station.He introduced catechism lessons through Mr. B. Mudziwapasi, who is an ex teacher in the area.The lessons proved good and a after a while, twenty eight people were baptized. Nine couples were married in church. From there the church grew.

Later on, came Fr Simplisio Manyika O.carm., and Fr Michael Cooney(Killaloe Diocese, Ireland). The latter introduced Fr Bob Kelly O.Carm., to our station in September 2001

2.Request for a church:
In 2004, after ten years, a new committee with Mr. B.Mudziwapasi as chairperson, Mr. E.Mushori, secretary and Mr. S. Munodawaca,treasurer was formed.

In March 2004, Fr. D.Bvirakare and Sr. Thomas……advised the committee to write an application to Fr Bob Kelly, through the chairperson Mr. H.Ndorwi of St.Simon Stock Parish, Rusape.The application was accepted.

3. Building of the Church:
In 2006, the chairperson Mr.Mudziwapasi was called to Rusape for the good news of building the church.Church members supplied bricks. Fr.. Bob bought the materials required.I am very much pleased with the quality of the building work. It took almost one and a half years to complete this beautiful building. Everyone is now very happy. Thanks to Rusape Town Council and our Councillor, Mr. R. Mushori,who assisted in the pegging of the church site and area. Mr. Mushori and his family are also church members.

First and foremost, I , the Chairperson,on behalf of the church members would like to Thank God for this great gift to us. Secondly, I would like to thank Fr.Bob Kelly for providing the materials for us. May God bless him. I don’t want for forget to thank the following people for their input:Mr.H Ndorwi for forwarding our application to Fr.Bob. The first builder, Mr.Magoto, who did a nice job.Mr. Chirariro who did the roofing.Mr. Gwandingwa who made the church plan. Mr. C.Mutambira, a church member, who did most of the finishing:plastering, floor and sanctuary including altar, ambo and chair. We also added a toilet to the plan with all the cement provided by Fr. Bob.

5. The End:
I am very pleased to let you know that the church was blessed and officially opened on 08th May, 2010 by Bishop Alexio Muchabaiwa of Mutare Diocese.

Compiled by
Mr. B Mudziwapasi(Chairperson).