Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – The Holy Father Francis on 8 December 2018 appointed Bishop of Tunduru-Masasi (Tanzania) Rev. Filbert Felician Mhasi of the clergy of Mahenge, until now parish priest of the Cathedral in Kwiro.
The new Bishop was born on 30 November 1970 in Biro, Diocese of Mahenge, and he attended secondary school at the Minor Seminary St. Francis of Kasita at Ifakara (1986-1992). He studied Philosophy at the major seminary of Our Lady of the Angels in Kibosho, Moshi (1993-1995) and Theology at St. Paul Major Seminary in Kipalapala , Tabora (1995-1998). He was ordained 3 July 2001 for the Diocese of Mahenge.
Since his ordination he served as follows : 2001-2003: Student at Mwenge Catholic University in Moshi, where he obtained a Diploma in Education; 2003-2004: Vice-Rector, Bursar and Docent at the Minor Seminary of St. Francis in Kasita, Ifakara; 2005-2009: Student at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania-USA), where he obtained a Master Degree in Philosophy; 2009-2014: Rector of the Minor St. Francis minor seminary in Kasi, Ifakara; since 2014: parish priest of the Cathedral in Kwiro and Zone Vicar; since 2015: Director of St. Joseph secondary school and diocesan president of the UMAWATA Association of Priests. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 10/12/2018)