Tanzania’s Moshi Diocese Gets a New Bishop: Papal Transfer

Bishop Ludovick Minde, newly appointed Bishop of Moshi, Tanzania. He has been the Local Ordinary of Kahama diocese in Tanzania,
Credit: Tanzania Episcopal Conference

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Ludovick Joseph Minde, who has been the Bishop of Kahama diocese, the new Bishop of Moshi diocese in the North Eastern region of Tanzania.

“The Holy Father's Ambassador to Tanzania is happy that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has appointed Bishop Ludovick Joseph Minde to be Bishop of Moshi Catholic Diocese,” reads part of a statement from the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) shared with ACI Africa.

Bishop Minde, 67, is a member of the Apostolic Life Community of Priests in the Opus Spiritus Sancti (ALCP/OSS) and assumes his Episcopal role as the 8th Local Ordinary of Moshi, which became vacant in December 2017 when the then Bishop Isaac Amani Massawe was transferred to Arusha Archdiocese and appointed Archbishop.

Ordained priest in June 1986, Bishop Minde is a native of Moshi diocese and was among five Priests sent to Rome for further studies after the Apostolic visit of Pope Saint John Paul II in Tanzania in 1990.

He was ordained Bishop in August 2001.

The Papal transfer of Bishop Minde from Kahama to Moshi retains at three the number of vacant dioceses in the East African country with 34 dioceses spread across seven Ecclesiastical provinces. The other two vacant dioceses are Bunda and Mpanda.

The diocese of Moshi was established on September 13, 1910 as Apostolic Vicariate of Kilimanjaro from the Apostolic Vicariate of Bagamoyo and elevated to the rank of a diocese on March 25, 1953.

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