Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of the diocese of Bunda, Tanzania, the Reverend Simon Chibuga Masondole of the clergy of the same see, until now parish administrator, director of the Saint Francis of Assisi Nursery and Primary School, and president of the Priests’ Union in Bunda.
Msgr. Simon Chibuga Masondole was born on 2 October 1972 in Bukiko-Ukerewe. He studied at the Our Lady of the Angels Major Seminary in Kibosho, diocese of Moshi (1998-2001), and at the Saint Charles Lwanga Major Seminary in Segerea, metropolitan archdiocese of Dar-es-Salaam (2001-2006).
He was ordained a priest on 2 July 2006.
Since priestly ordination he has held the following offices: parish assistant in the Kahangala parish, Mwanza (2006); vice-director of the Diocesan Office for the Liturgy in Mwanza and parish assistant at the Nansio parish in Bunda (2006-2008). He studied liturgy at the Santa Giustina Institute of Pastoral Liturgy in Padua, Italy (2008-2012) and was parish assistant in Conselve (2009-2012). He studied in Rome at the Pontifical Saint Anselm Athenaeum (2012-2016), and provided parish pastoral service in the diocese of Tortona-Italy (2015-2018). From 2018 to the present he has served as parish administrator, director of the Saint Francis of Assisi Nursery and Primary School, and president of the Priests’ Union in Bunda. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 9/4/2021)