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Salesians Perpetual Profession

The 30th of July will not be easy to forget at St Teresa Parish in Hwange when two energetic young men made their final profession to the Salesian Congregation of Don Bosco (SDB)

Irvin Lumano and Joackim Mzanywa became the first local young men from the diocese to become full members of the religious congregation together with Gabriel Mwenya and Vernon Lushibashi (from Zambia) before their Provincial Superior Fr Georgy Charllisery  at a colourful and solemn ceremony.

Also in attendance was His Lordship Bishop Albert Serrano, the local ordinary.
Bishop Albert Serrano who presided over the Eucharist encouraged the young men to imitate our Lord Jesus as they walked in the footsteps of their founder Fr John Bosco

The celebration which attracted several priests and sisters of the diocese and beyond was the first of its kind in the diocese, a deliberate effort meant to attract more young men to offer themselves to the service of the lord, said Fr Georgy in an interview.

The four finally professed brothers are still studying theology, it is hoped that next year they will be ordained deacons and proceed to the priesthood at a later stage.

Last year Zimbabwe witnessed the very first local Salesian priest from the Archdiocese of Harare, Fr Simba.

Salesians are followers of St (Fr) John Bosco whose charism was to work with the youth.
They are found in 131 countries in the world, 42 countries in Africa and two dioceses in Zimbabwe, (Archdiocese of Harare and Hwange diocese)

The period of formation for a Salesian is 11 years of which the first is composed of a ‘come and see’ program, one year of novitiate in Zambia , three years of post-novitiate  during which the person would be studying philosophy and Education, two years of teaching and four years of theology in Nairobi or elsewhere


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