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    Serima High students visits ill Bishop Munyanyi


    – The Right Rev Retired Bishop Emeritus Martin Munyanyi is ill.
    He was delighted recently to see students from Serima High School paying him a visit at Diocese house in Shurugwi to wish him well.
    Bishop Munyanyi who is suffering from diabetes ailment that has also affected his sight, stepped down as the Midlands Catholic Diocese bishop a few years back.
    He described the visit by the students as most comforting and historic before conducting a mass for the visitors and addressing the media.
    "I am not well, but I would like to commend your visit. Some of you are seeing me for the first time. It's me Bishop Emeritus Munyanyi you came to see and may the Lord bless you so much.
    "I did nothing directly to you but your hospitality humbles me very much. Please extend this to mankind as you grow into adulthood. You are the first school to visit me and I feel honoured".
    Serima High School head, Cyprian Dehwah said it was the duty of the school to indoctrinate good moral values in pupils.
    "The school cannot dissociate itself from the community neither can our students separate themselves from the church. We felt that we were obliged to pay such a courtesy call to a man who devoted his entire life to serve the church.
    "Through interacting with Bishop Munyanyi, I am hopeful the pupils and staff have learnt one or two things as the man is an orator and a philosopher," said Dehwah.
    Rev. Fr Kudakwashe Musvevereki the Priest-in-charge at Serima Mission also accompanied the students. Fr Musvevereki was a student of Bishop Munyanyi at Chishawasha Seminary.
    He said afterwards that the gesture by students was important as prayer without works is dead.
    "We organised this trip for students to meet their role models. Bishop Munyanyi deserves our prayers, assistance and warmth," he said.
    Bishop Munyanyi entered the seminary in 1976, was ordained a priest in 1983, served at parishes in Chiredzi, St Alois Mission, St Michaels in Gweru, before obtaining a Master's degree in Philosophy with Urbananian University in Rome in 1990.
    He said the dependence syndrome in the Church must be over.
    "The church has been indigenised if you look at the number of practicing priests the majority of whom are blacks, brothers, sisters and congregats. They are now owning and running the church," he said.
    Bishop Munyanyi taught at Chishawasha Seminary, Chimanimani Seminary and St Augustine Seminary in Bulawayo before he was appointed Bishop of Gweru in 2006 succeeding the late Bishop Right Rev Bishop Fr Francis Mugadzi.
    Bishop Munyanyi said he enjoyed life at seminaries when he was Rector because he was particularly interested in nurturing and mentoring characters of people who were to minister the church and communities.
    From a humble background in Bikita, Bishop Munyanyi obtained his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2005 in Rome.
    He said he enjoys cordial relations with the Right Rev Bishop Xavier Munyongani who is the sitting Bishop of Gweru.
    "Though I am partially blind due to diabetes, I get pastoral assignments to carry out from Bishop Munyangani whom I worked with at seminaries and at school in Rome. When he is busy, I cover up for him," said Bishop Emeritus.
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