MASVINGO – All roads lead to Gokwe on Saturday where Monsignor Rudolf Nyandoro will be consecrated and becomes the third bishop of The Diocese of Gokwe.
The consecration will be held at St Paul School at Gokwe Centre. Monsignor Nyandoro replaces the Right Reverend Bishop Angelo M. Floro who has retired.
Monsignor Nyandoro who was the Chancellor of the Diocese of Masvingo and a Rector at Bondolfi Teachers' College will be consecrated by Bishop Michael Dixon Bhasera who is the principal consecrator during a programme that starts at 10am on Saturday.
The Church's other Consecrators who are called co-consecrators are Apostolic Nuncio Marek Zalewski and Bishop Floro.
Gokwe Diocese is one of the Roman Catholic Church's eight dioceses in Zimbabwe and it was cut off from The Diocese of Hwange and erected on October 19, 1991. The Diocese comprises of civil districts of Gokwe North and Gokwe South, the area of Omay between Sengwa and Sanyati Rivers in the Kariba District and the area of Nkayi District , north of the Shangani River.
It is bounded on the North by the Kariba Lake, on the east by Kariba and Kadoma districts, on the South by Kwekwe and Nkayi districts and on the West by Lupane and Binga districts.
The Diocese has total population of 600 000 people and of those 76 284 or 12% are Catholics. It covers 26 000 square kilometres in total surface area. Bishop Dixon Bhasera was the first bishop of Gokwe before he moved to open Masvingo Diocese in 1999.
The other seven Catholic Dioceses are Harare, Chinhoyi, Gweru, Hwange, Mutare, Masvingo and Bulawayo. Monsignor Nyandoro who has a doctorate was born in Gutu 49 years ago.