The transition from the old to the new generation of Zimbabwean Jesuits continues.
Fr Ignatius Tambudzai SJ takes over as parish priest of St Peter’s Mbare, where Jesuits have been working since its beginning in about 1910. He replaces Fr Oskar Wermter SJ (71) who has been requested by the Bishops of Southern Africa to join their secretariat as a communicator with responsibility for theological and pastoral matters.
Fr Watson Matara SJ will replace Fr Tambudzai in Musami (80 km east of Harare).
St George’s College, St Ignatius College, Silveira House (director), St Paul’s Musami, Banket parish and Mabelreign parish were taken over by younger men.
However, the old ones are still needed: Fr Mark Hackett SJ and Fr Georg Hipler SJ are taking care of Braeside parish in Harare (including St Martin’s/Sunningdale) even though they are both over 75 years of age.
In 2013, it is hoped, three more young Jesuits will be ordained priests.