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HISTORY OF ST PETER AND PAUL – MADUMABISA - MAKWIKA

By a constant a mysterious law in the history of the Church each time a mission is opened and a priest takes permanent residence in a place Christian life begins to flourish. Madumabisa Mission was not an exception to this historical rule. Now only thirteen years after a priest began to live there the number of Catholics amounts to 3190.

To begin with the beginning of this Mission’s life we find that this missionary station comprises two Compounds: No. 2/ Madumabisa and No. 3/ Makwika.
Holy mass on Sundays was started to be said regularly in the Compound Hall of Madumabisa in 1950. In No. 3 it was only said occasionally by time, but in 1956 a regular Sunday Mass begun to be held.

Three years later, that is to say, 1953 Father Turigas began building the present church at Madumabisa. One hundred pounds came from Spain, but Mr. Stepinovich, busy by then with the building of the local Coke Ovens, gave a big hand in its erection. One whole year later the spacious building was solemnly blessed by the late Monsignor Font.

The priest’s house, attached to the church’s back, was inaugurated by Mgr Ros. Fr. Irenaeus Lopez was the first resident priest in the place. He was also the one who began looking regularly after No. 3/ Makwika.

In February 1961 there was a great subsidence in Madumabisa, all around the church. Special cement columns were built under the Catholic building and danger of its cave- in was ruled out of question.

The fact that Madumabisa produces most Wankie coal makes this place a vital artery of the Rhodesian industry. More than seventeen different African tribes are represented amongst the Madumabisa miners, with their exotic languages and colorful folklore.

(From a publication of Holy Family Parish by Fr. Thomas del Barrio 1967-68)

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