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    Bhasera, a good leader with amazing energy – Archbishop Ndlovu


    TAWANDA HOMBA

    MASVINGO
    – Thousands of Catholics turned up to celebrate Sekuru Bishop Michael Dixon Bhasera's 25 years as a bishop at an event held last Saturday.
    Gokomere Mission near Masvingo reverberated to a grand occasion attended by the representative of the Pope Monsiguor Gabriele Pesce who is Secretary to the Nuncio, Harare Diocese Archbishop Robert C Ndlovu, Bishops and priests from all of the Church's 8 dioceses, clerics from other churches, parishioners and school children.
    There were also several bishops from the region including Archibishop Tarcisio Ziyaye of Lilongwe, Malawi, Bishop Emeritus Patrick Mvemve of Klerdsdorp in South Africa, and Father Emmanuel Rakaki of Bloemfontein Diocese, South Africa.
    Speaking at the occasion Archbishop Ndlovu described Sekuru Bhasera as a man of immense energy, who heads four different Commissions under the Bishop's Conference. He is also the president of the Bishop's Conference.
    "Sometimes I wonder where he finds all the time and energy to attend to his many and various duties," Archbishop Ndlovu.
    Below is a full text of Archbishop Ndlovu's speech;
    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to saya few words on the occasion of the silver jubilee of Bishop Michael Bhasera. As you already know, he is the President of our Conference. We have our elections for the Executive Committee every two years and we have rotated in different posts many times. Bishop Bhasera has been President several times and that says a lot about his good leadership qualities. We thank him for being a committed shepherd in good and difficult times. Today we can only say, "Sekuru, you have run a good race and fought a good fight for the past twenty five years. May the Lord continue to give you the same strength and wisdom in the coming years."
    Bishop Bhasera was ordained to the Order of Bishops twenty five years ago in the Diocese of Gokwe. By then, a very rural Diocese.
    I still recall what happened on that particular day. When the letter of his appointment was read, and Gokwe was referred to as a city, people laughed. Some even said that the Pope had been misled into believing that Gokwe was a town. Of course you cannot say that any longer.Gokwe is now one of the fast growing towns in the country.
    Bishop Bhasera did not waste time and started setting up solid structures that helped the Church to grow. New parishes started to be built and the Diocese soon became pastorally vibrant. To this day Gokwe diocese has become one of the most organized Dioceses (ie pastorally) in the country.
    His leadership qualities could not go unnoticed. It was therefore not surprising that seven years later the Holy Father appointed him to head the new diocese of Masvingo. As you would imagine it was not easy for him, but true to his "MOTTO" (Your will be done), he accepted the challenge. What he has managed to achieve in this diocese during the past seventeen plus (17+) years is there for all to see.
    Masvingo is a huge Diocese, stretching all the way to Beitbridge and he has managed to establish some Catholic presence in the whole Diocese by way of Catholic Churches, schools and hospitals.
    At the level of the Bishops' Conference, he also chairs four Commissions which include Social Communications; Ecumenism and interreligious Dialogue; Marriage and Family; Theology and Canon Law. Sometimes I wonder where he finds all the time and energy to attend to his many and varied duties.
    Bishop Basera has also an amazing zeal for the laity, the Christian family and the guilds. And those of you who are into Church music, you will have noticed that he attends every singing course.
    Sekuru we wish you continued good health and many more years in the Lord's service. Congratulations! local news.
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