About Us

From then to now

Our Background

The diocese of Mbeya was erected in 1932 but it has to wait until the end of the second world war to have its official start in 1953. The first Bishop was His Excellence Bishop Anton Van Oorschot (1947- 1964) to be followed by Rt. Rv. James D Sangu, the first indegineous Bishop (1966-1997). In 1997 February, Mbeya community had the gift of the second indigenous Bishop, Rt. Rev. Evaristo Marcus Chengula IMC.


The diocese was evangelized by the Missionaries of Africa famously known as The White Fathers who moving from the current diocese of Sumbawanga, crossed lake Rukwa to establish the parish of Mkulwe in 1898 which later came to be the first parish of the diocese of Mbeya.

Mbeya Region

Politically Mbeya Region originally belonged to the Southern Highlands Province. It is located in the South Western Corner of the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. Mbeya Region which is almost equivalent to the diocese of Mbeya it has 9 districts as follows:- Chunya, Ileje, Kyela, Mbalali, Mbeya Rural, Mbeya City, Mbozi, Momba and Rungwe. Politically the region had been divided into two religions, and hence creating a new region known as Songwe. According to the National census of 2012 the population of Mbeya region was 2,707,410. The Catholics is 316,471.

Our Vision


All people of Mbeya diocese live a life of joy, love, justice and peace. This community has their spiritual and physical needs met in a wholesome environment.

Our Mission


Our purpose is to enable our communities to develop both spiritually and physically. This development will be built on the principles of Christ in a whole environment.

Organisational Structure

The diocesan Curia is led by the Bishop assisted by the Vicar General, Deans, head of Departments and Commissions as shown below:.

  • Diocesan Officials
  • These are The Vicar General, The Administrator, The Secretary of the Bishop, The Pastoral Coordinator, The Education Secretary, The Vocation Director, The Catechetical Director, The Director of Caritas, The Health Secretary, The Director of AIDS Program, The Director of Lay Apostolate, The Director of Justice and Peace, The Director of Social Communication, The Director of Liturgy, The Director of Youth, The Director of Pontifical Mission Societies and The Director of Apostolate of Prayer. These are heads of respectful Department.

  • Consultative Bodies
  • The Bishop’s Council, The Senate of Priests, The Pastoral Council, The Meeting of Deans, The Finance and Planning Council, The Education Board and The Medical Board.

  • Diocesan Personnel
  • The diocese is served by both diocesan and Missionaries priests:-

    The number of diocesan priests is 108. There are two Fidei priests and 15 missionary priests.

    A number of diocesan priests are serving in the national Church Institutions, other diocese and some are pursuing their further studies in and outside the Country.

    There are various Religious Congregations serving the diocese. Women Congregations are:-

    a.) Diocesan Religious Congregation (Our Lady Queen of Apostles of Mbeya) in total number of 229
    b.) Sisters of St. Charles Baromeo
    c.) Our Lady Queen of Africa (Diocesan Congregation from Sumbawanga)
    d.) Carmelites Sisters of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus
    e.) Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul
    f.) Theresa Sisters of Iringa
    g.) Benedictine Sisters of Chipole (Songea)
    h.) Mgolole Sisters from Morogoro
    i.) Passionist Sisters
    j.) Sisters of St. Anne of Bangalore

    This all make a total of 299 Sisters working in the diocese of Mbeya

    Male Religious Congregations:-

    a.) Benedictine Monks of Hanga Monastery
    b.) Brothers of Christian Instructions
    c.) Serve Cordis Immaculate Mariae (SCIM)

-Rev. Evarist Marcus Chengula IMC
The Bishop

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-Fr. Emmanuel Lazarus Mezza
The Administrator

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