The first Bishop of Dodoma

The first Archbishop of Dodoma

The Archidiocese sof Dodoma began March 25, 1953 under the first bishop Antonio Geremia Pesce. Dodoma is among 34 Catholic Archidiocese in Tanzania. Geographically located in the central state some 450 miles [450 km] from the beach at a height of 3650 feet sea level.The archiodiocese involves the whole area of the state-owned sector of approximately 41310 square miles and 2,020,991 residents in the country are 321885 Catholics. In 1933-1951 The change of Dodoma was created from three main sections. Kondoa Irangi was postponed from the Multilateral Symposium. Bahia and Kibakwe were dropped from the Iringa Union.
Vicariate of the Apostles began in 1951 and continued until 1953 when Dodoma was made Archidiocese.

Catholicism came in 1907 at Kondoa with the Holy Spirit Missionary from Kilimanjaro. In 1910 they entered the Benedictine Dodoma missionary circuits and Makonze and subsequently entered Consolata missionaries from Iringa and started working in Bihawana areas. arrived at the 8th-century evangelical missionaries. In 2007, the Archidiocese of Dodoma thanked God for completing a hundred years of the spread of the Gospels. The date of the imprisonment was held on 29th November 2007, the day of commemorating the invasion of the great church of St. Paul's Cross.

The Archidiocese of Dodoma received the faith for the first time in 1907. The first missionary to reach archidiocese was Priest Adrea Krieger (Kafefe) of the Holy Spirit movement. He started his journey to Kibosho in Kilimanjaro, before entering Dodoma. Priest Krieger joined Brother Timotheo and Four cabinets from Moshi who passed through Arusha and later Galapo where they received hospitality by Jumbe Dosa before continuing their journey towards Kondoa. The first Mass Day in the Seaside Kisese Itololo Sunset was August 18, 1907 on Saint Helena's day under Mbuyu. That was the beginning of the Gospel spread in Dodoma.
After the first celebration of the first mass, the Kriege clergy began the catechism work in the Region of Cafe, including Haubi. The same eclipse year of the Church was established. Two years later the early Christians were baptized at the festival of Noeli December 25, 1910. After Priest Krieger started the Gospel distribution activities, he followed two other priests, including Priest Naegel, who left Kondoa and Father Joseph Lmble, who headed for the United States and arrived at Kurio and Usandawe in 1908, where he celebrated his first anniversary on August 24, 1908. During the first world war, Priest Lemble left and headed to India. On another side, Priests Luigi Gaschy and his two colleagues from Bagamoyo arrived in Bahi in 1912. Priest Gaschy stayed in Bahi until 1935.

Priest Lembele returned to Kurio on 6 January 1920, a few days later Priest Martin Von Kimmenade of the Holy Spirit from Bagamoyo arrived Kurio 29th September 1929, and Priest Lemble moved to Farkwa to set up missions and to release Priest Kimmenade to Kurio. While the Priests of Holy Sprit who were dealing with the Gospel spread in Kondoa and Bahi, the Belgian monks, priests Mons Galus Steiger,Brothers Camillo Wosch and Cipriano Hoegl began the Gospel distribution activities in Miganga and Mkonze (Dodoma) parts since 1910 and continued to Bihawana where they remained until 1922 when they arrived at the devons of the Wakonsolata organization from Iringa. The priests worked in Bihawana until 1934.


Pope Pio XI through Propaganda Fidei congregation ordered the head of the Passionist Fathers to send his church ministers to establish the Dodoma Mission. The involved are: - Priests Leone Ferrarese, Giovanni Ivaldi, Disma Gianotti, Fortunato Fornera and Daniel Delle Donne.

The two Brothers who are accompanying them are: -
Roberto Pellizzeri and Giovanni Adreani. Also six sisters of Misericordia sisters from Verona are: -
Sr. Arpalice Ferro, Sr.Yohana Turato, Sr.Mansueta Zanon, Sr.Juliana Lavard, Sr. Genovefa Barbazeni, Sr. Painting Ross.
The expedition that arrived in Dar es Salam on 29th December 1933, continued on a journey to Dodoma on 4th January 1934 and Mons.Cagliero, the former Apostolic Prefect of Archidiocese of Iringa Presidency and Priest Tessier of the Holy Spirit's former High Priest Church of Kondoa.
The Priests Leone, Priest Daniel and Brother Giovanni, who are going to Kurio are priests Disma and Fotunato .And Priest Giovanni Ivadi and Brother Roberto went to Bihawana.Priest Georges Joye who came from Congo, went to Bahi.

On 1st October 1935 it was established Prefecture Apostolic of Dodoma,and Priest Dismas Giannotti was appointed the Perfect Apostolic until 1936. Mons.Stanislaus Ambrosini followed and held the position from 1938 to 1941. Year 1941-1946 Priest Joseph Byrne led the State from Kilimanjaro.
This missionary fruit began to be seen in 1944 August 20 by Priest Stephen Mlundi to gain a bridge as the first priest of Dodoma province. On 20th March 1946 Priest Theodore Mathews was appointed as Administrator Apostolic undertaken until 1951.