A Day of Joy and Celebration

Simanjiro Catholic Mission On 6th September 2020, the Priests and the faithful of Good Shepherd SVD parish in Simanjiro, Tanzania, gathered in one of the farthest outstation to celebrate the Parish Feast day. The patron of the parish is Jesus The Good Shepherd. However, since the parish was handed over on the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the parish celebrated this day on the Sunday closest to the 8th September. On this occasion, as usual, three main events takes place to mark the day. The main is the Feast of the Good Shepherd, which is decollated … Continue reading A Day of Joy and Celebration

Wheels to Evangelize

The 2nd of September 2020 will go down the history of Good Shepherd Parish in Simanjiro, Arusha – Tanzania as a very memorable day. It was a very sunny and warm day. After a long wait, many prayers and anticipation, 17 of 22 Catechist were given brand new motorcycles to help them in the evangelization of the people in our vast mission of Simanjiro. Many thanks goes to our mission partners whose generosity has made this day come to be. The occasion began with the usual meeting that the catechists and the Parish Priest Fr. Lawrence Muthee, SVD have every … Continue reading Wheels to Evangelize

The unprecedented change

“Change is as good as rest”, says an old English refrain. While some changes are wrought by predictable and intended occurrences, others are outside our human power and control. Nevertheless, every occurrence brings about change and new beginnings to many aspects of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic was neither intended nor predictable to the human family. Even though someone or a group of people may have had prior knowledge of the outbreak, no one would possibly have predicted the magnitude of its impact on the way we live here on earth. A number of things have changed since the beginning … Continue reading The unprecedented change

Boma Blessing

Boma blessing here in Maasai land is the equivalent of house blessing. A Boma is a compound that hold from one household to even five or more households. This is because of the polygamous culture of the people. A man with 4 wives for example will have 4 household in the same compound or Boma. In the middle of the compound is the cattle shed which is the Centre of the social-economic life. A house blessing involves many aspects of the lives of the people. Though the people are still converting to regular Christianity and more so to conventional Catholicism … Continue reading Boma Blessing

The Journey of a Thousand Miles

It is a common saying that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Which means that for one to go as far as one thousand miles away, the start is always a step. Here in Good Shepherd mission, the beginnings never cease. For the last sixty years and counting, the missionaries have been developing the mission both spiritually and physically. From just one mission station in the entire district, now there are more than five missions. The Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) have two missions in the vast Maasai South plains. The Good Shepherd parish began with the … Continue reading The Journey of a Thousand Miles