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Bishop Nyandoro celebrates silver jubilee 

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Bishop Nyandoro celebrates silver jubilee 

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SYDNEY MUBAIWA

MIDLANDS BUREAU CHIEF

GWERU – Roman Catholic Gweru Diocese head, Bishop Rudolph Nyandoro commemorated his priesthood silver jubilee at Regina Mundi High School on Saturday. He began his pastoral journey in 1998. 

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga was the highest Government official at the celebrations attended by thousands of Catholics. Newly installed Masvingo Diocese head Bishop Raymond Mupandasekwa also attended the commemoration. 

Speaker after speaker described Bishop Nyandoro as an exemplarily leader.   

Bishop Mupandasekwa said the bishop has exceptionally executed his duties.

“My uncle is a man of honour. He has worked with great honour. God has done great in his life. He has touched our lives. We are here to pray for him to continue doing God’s work.

“Whatever he does in his life is a directive from the Almighty God. We have been together for many years in the Ministry, and he has always stood tall. He is a man who is passionate about construction of the pastoral centre,” he said. 

Chiwenga, a devout catholic applauded Bishop Nyandoro for his visionary and spiritual leadership, and spearheading developments aimed at improving the country’s food security. He donated 200 000 bricks towards the construction of a pastoral centre.

“As Government, we want to thank Bishop Nyandoro for his spiritual leadership. A few days ago, I visited Driefontain Mission where there are massive agricultural projects which the Catholic Church under his leadership embarked on.

“Such programs need to be applauded and supported as they are key to the development of the Midlands Province and the nation at large. With these developments, I have no hesitation of saying the Catholic Church has proved beyond doubt that its efforts to work with the Government are very visible and are bearing tangible fruits,” he said.

Bishop Nyandoro was born in 1968 in Gweru. He did philosophy courses at St. Charles Lwanga Major Seminary of Chimanimani, Manicaland from 1991-1994. He completed his theological studies at Chishawasha Seminary in Harare and was ordained priest in 1998. 

He held several positions in Masvingo Diocese that he served in from 1999-2015.

Bishop Nyandoro’s first deployment was at Mukaro Mission where he was the vicar (1999). He served as administrator of the cathedral from 2000-2006 and rector of the minor seminary from 2007-2009. 

He served as rector at Bondolfi Teachers’ College form 2010-2015 when he was appointed Chancellor of the Diocese of Masvingo and professor at Bondolfi Teachers College. Bishop Nyandoro obtained a P.H. D in pastoral counselling from the University of South Africa in the same year. 

Bishop Nyandoro was appointed Gokwe Diocese Bishop in 2017 succeeding Bishop Angel Floro Martinez, I.E.ME. He was then appointed Gweru Diocese head in 2022 replacing the late Bishop Xavier Munyongani.

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