CHIRUMHANZU – The head of Regina Mundi High School in Gweru, Sister Concillia Jangara has celebrated her 25th anniversary as a nun in the Roman Catholic Church.
Jangara who heads Midlands Province's best secondary school 2017, hosted hundreds of Catholics at her parents' rural home in Chirumanzu.
Bishop Xavier Munyongani led the mass where more than 20 priests, fellow sisters and ordinary Catholics gathered for the event.
Sr Jangara was born in 1970 at Holy Cross Mission. In 1975 her parents moved from Holy Cross and bought a homestead in Mapiravana Village in Chirumanzu.
She did her primary at three different schools namely; Mapiravana, Machekano Primary and Rupinga. She did her Secondary at Mapiravana Secondary School.
Sr Jangara grew up like any other kid in the community, herding cattle and watering gardens.
It was said at the celebrations that she had never seen Catholic Sisters in her life but the Lord worked through her aunt's daughter Roseline Chimbindi who was learning at Regina Mundi. Chimbindi would talk to her about how nice sisters were when she came back from school for the holidays.
She became interested when she was in form two and was helped to join the Sisters congregation by Sr Kirisitofara who was at Regina Mundi at that time. She started working towards her calling and was accepted as a candidate in 1987 when she was in form four. In 1989 she was made a Postulant and from 1990 to 1991 she was a Novice.
In 1992 she took her first vows as a Catholic Sister and she stayed at Silveira Mission up to 1993 doing dressmaking in the sewing room. From 1994 to 1995 she worked in the boarding kitchen. She did her teacher training at Bondolfi from 1996 to 1998.
From 1999 to 2002 Sr Jangara was in Nairobi Kenya at Catholic University of Eastern Africa and from June 2002 to November 2007 she was at Shungu High School where she was teaching and later promoted to be the deputy head.
She came to Regina Mundi in 2008. Sr Jangara has made Regina Mundi a self-sustaining institution, producing most of the commodities that it requires. The school has a farm where it produces maize, vegetables and fruits. It has dairy cattle where the milk comes from and it produces its own sausages and mince meat.
Regina Mundi has become an academic powerhouse, producing the best O level results in the Midlands Province.