• Celebrations to be held on May 6
DRIEFONTEIN MISSION - Roman Catholic nun, Sister Pauline Tererai who is a school teacher of many years is celebrating her golden jubilee this year after spending the last 51 years in the convent.
The celebrations are being held belatedly as she was received into sister-hood in 1966 and attained 50 years as a nun in 2016.
A number of events to mark the celebrations have been lined up beginning with a thanks-giving mass that was held at Driefontein Mission near Mvuma on Saturday and attended by three bishops, Dixon Bhasera, Xavier Munyongani and Emeritus Martin Munyanyi.
The Tererai family is hosting another function on Saturday May 6 at Celestino Terera's Farm in Middledale area in Chatsworth, Gutu. The turnoff to the farm is a few hundred metres from the Chatsworth Turnoff along Masvingo – Harare Road.
Family spokesperson Sylvester Tererai said that hundreds of Catholics, friends and people from all the schools where Sister Tererai taught are expected to attend the function. Bishop Bhasera will also attend.
Sister Tererai was born on March 13, 1940 and went to school late at the age of 13 because her parents believed in education for the boy-child ahead of the girl. Her parents who are both late were Joseph Tererai and Elizabeth Makumbi Gopoza. Sister Tererai was born in Gono Village in Chief Makore's area and went to Gono Primary School for her early education. In 1958 to 1960 she did her standard 4 to 6 at Mukaro C.P.S and became a candidate at Driefontein with SJI sisters. In 1962 to 1963 SrTererai was at Loreto College.
She is of the Shumba yeJichidza Nyakunhuwa totem; chipa mutoro wakamuka ngwe yemasikati.
Although she was born to Catholic parents, Sister Tererai got inspired to join sisterhood after her interaction with white sisters at Mukaro Mission where she did her Standard 6 in 1960. She spent one year at Driefontein Mission as a candidate and was received into sisterhood in 1966.
She worked as a teacher at various Catholic Schools from 1964 to 1969 at Gokomere CPS, Mukaro CPS in 1970 to 1974, St Anthony's CPS in 1975 to 1979 from 1980 to 1984 at Mkoba CPS in 1980 to 1984 from 1984 to 1989 at Don Bosco CPS in 1990 to 2005 she was at Hama CPS.
Sr Tererai retired as a teacher in 2005 and from 2006 to 2008 she was at Bishops' House in Masvingo.
"Sister Terera is a hardworking person who enjoys to work with young children. She never gives up on what she starts and is a particularly competent project manager,'' said Tererai.