The Diocese of Dodoma was officially inaugurated on 25 March 1953 under His Lordship Antony Jeremiah Pesce as The First Bishop. Dodoma is among 34 Dioceses found in Tanzania. Geographically ,The Diocese is 450 km from The East Coast of Tanzania- East Africa at 3650 feet above sea level.The Diocese covers 41310 square kilometres and it has population of 2,020,991 of which 321,885 are Catholics. In The year 1933-1951 The newly raised prefecture was formed from three main parts; Kondoa Irangi from The vicariate of Kilimanjaro;parts of Usandawe,Bahi and Kibakwe which were parts of Bagamoyo vicariate(Morogoro) and some part of Bihawana which was from The vicariate of Iringa.
The Apostolic vicariate began in 1951 up to 1953 when Dodoma Diocese was created.The Diocese had three vicariate:The vicariate of Dodoma,The vicariate of Kondoa(Now Kondoa Diocese) and Mpwapwa vicariate.In 2015 Dodoma Diocese was raised to ArchDiocese under His LordShip Beatus Kinyaiya as The First ArchBishop by His Holiness Pope Francis
The Holy Spirit Missionaries set their fect in 1907 at Kondoa from Kilimanjaro being the begining of Catholic faith. In 1910,The Benedictine Missionaries arrived at Miganga and Mkonze respectively and late on The Consolata Missionaries arrived from Iringa and started working at Bihawana.In 1933 The Passionist Congregation arrived from Italy. The Spirit of Evangelization in The Diocese of Dodoma had its best fruits in converting numerous people to Catholicism,that is,a greate number of faithfull increase in different vocations especially to priesthood,religious congregations,parishes,schools,institutes and a number of services in social centres.Indeed,it is needless to say,the efforts from missionaries and their Apostolic works in Our Diocese has seurhome,The message of Jesus Christ,"Go into the world and proclaim thee Gospel to the whole creations".Mark 16:15. In the year 2007,The Diocese celebrated the hundreth Anniversay of the proclomotion of the Gospel.The thanks giving mass was celebrated on 29/11/2007,the memorial day of The Consecration of Saint Paul of Cross Cathedral.
THE SEED OF FAITH
The Archidiocese of Dodoma received the first seed of faith in 1907 from Rev. Father Andrew Kriger(Kafefe) The Holy Spiritan Missionary from The Vicariate of Kilimanjaro.His Great journey started from Kibosho -Kilimanjaro.Father Andrew was accomparied by Brothe Timothew and four Catechists from Moshi.The long and firesome journey went through Arusha and later on Galapo where they were welcomed with the gererosity of Jumbe Dosa before leaving for Kondoa.
In the 18th August 1907 at Migungani Kisese -Itololo-Kondoa the seed of faith was planted by Father Andrew through the celebration of the first Holy mass on the feast of St.Hellen under the baobao tree.This was beginning of the seed of Evangelization in The diocese of Dodoma.
After the first celebration of The Holy Eucharist,Father Krieger started the work of Catechises in different parts of Kondoa special was Haubi.Kondoa Parish was created the same year.The hard works of Father Krieger had its fruits two years later.It was on Chrismas Feast on 25th December 1910 when the first Christians received their Baptism. The good works of Father Krieger of Evangelization of The Word of God in Kondoa,received a hand support from His Congregation,that is Father Naegel and Father Joseph Lemble were seur to join hands with Fathe Krieger.The two missionaries were stationed at different places Father Naegel assisted Father Krieger at Kondoa and Father Joseph Lemble was sent to Kurio-Usandawe in 1908.Indeed this Zealous missionary Celebrated his first mass on 24th August 1908 at Kuria. The First world war had its effects,Father Lemble moved from Kuria to India.Despite the scarcity of Evangelizers,Other missionaries arrived,Father Luigi Gaschy and two others from Bagamoyo at Bahi in 1912.Fatther Gaschy was stationed at Bahi until 1935.
Always God is Good,Father Lemble come back to Kurio from India in 6th January 1920.Through the grace of God,Father Martin Von Kimmenade of the Holy Spirit Missionary from Bagamoyo arrived at Kurio.On 29th September 1929,Father Lemble left for Farkwa to start new mission leaving behind Father Kimmenade at Kurio. While the Priests of Holy Spirit Missionary were buzy evangelizing in Kondoa and Bahi,The Benedictine Monks,Father Mons Galus Steiger and Joseph Daum and Brothers Camillo Wosch and Cyprian Hoegal in 1910 started Evangelization of the Gosper at Miganga and Mkonze (Dodoma) through Bihawana up to 1922.In 1922,The Consolata Missionaries arrived from Iringa,These Priests worked at Bihawana until 1934.
APOSTOLIC PREFECTURE 1933.
In 1933,The Holy see under His Holiness Pope Pius XI through the Congregation of the propagation of faith(Propaganda Fides) arrived The Superior General of The Congregation of The Passionists(CP) to send The Priests of His Congregation to take chargeof the missions in Dodoma. The First Passionist Missionaries were Father Leone Ferrarese, Giovanni Ivaldi,Father Disma Gianotti,Father Fortunals Fornera and Father Daniele Delle Donne.
The two Passionist Brothers accompanied The Priests -Brother Pellizzeri and Brother Giovanni Acheani.
This Journey to the new Mission in Dodoma was accompanied by Misercordia Sisters from Verona,These were Sr. Arpalice Ferro, Sr.Yohana Turato, Sr.Mansueta Zanon, Sr.Juliana Lavard, Sr. Genovefa Barbazeni, Sr. Painting Ross.
The Missionary journey from Italy arrived in Dar es Salam on 29th December 1933,They arrived safely at Dodoma station on 4th January 1934 where they were Welcomed by Mons.Cagliero,The Apostolic Prefect of Iringa and Father Tessier The Holy Spirit Missionary,He was the Superior General of Kondoa.
The newly arrived Passionist Missionaries were stationed at different places,Father Leone,Father Daniele Donne and Brother Giovanni,went to Kondoa,while Father Dismas and Father Fotunato were stationed at Kurio.Later on,Father Fortunato moved to Farkwa.Father Giovanni Ivadi and Brother Roberts went to Bihawana.Father Georges from Congo went to Bahi.
The Apostolic Prefecture was created on 1st January 1935 under Father Dismas Gianotti as The Apostolic Perfect until 1936. Mons.Stanislaus Ambrosini was the next Apostolic Perfect as from 1938 to 1941.The Year 1941-1946 Father Joseph Byrne was the Apostolic Prefect leading the Apostolic prefedine Diocese of Kilimanjaro.
The first fruit of The Passionist Missionaries was ordination of the first native to PriestHood on 20th August 1944,Father Steven Mlundi.On 20th March 1946 Father Theodore Mathews was appointed as Apostolic Administrator of Kondoa.He was in that office until 1951.