In accomplishing the duties entrusted to it by the Holy Church and Christ, the diocese of Mbeya had different institutions, it has 6 deaneries, 49 parishes. In addition to that it has 6 departments; these are Pastoral department, Education, health, Communication, Caritas and PMS, that is Pontifical Missionaries Societies (specifically for propagation of faith). All these departments have their institution under them, these include;
The key mission of the Diocesan Church is to preach the Gospel to all the people living in the area of the Diocese (Apostolate) and care for the people who belong to the church (Pastoral care). The responsibility of the Bishop is to gather the people in the Holy Spirit; the means proposed for this are the proclamation of the Gospel and the celebration of the Eucharist.
This means that the task of the Church is to lead people to the knowledge of God. The Diocese while entrusted to the Bishop sees propagation of the faith as its priority area. The focus of the African Synod is the family of God. The diocese through propagation of the faith is addressing issues that the pressures of modern life have brought on the social fabric. These include the family, youth, widows, orphans and other vulnerable and marginalized people. Therefore, it is from here that the diocese has 49 parishes to make sure that every Catholic is reached where he or she is within the diocese.
The liberalization process has decreased the Government's involvement in provision of social services including education. This development in an environment where the education system was severely underdeveloped is likely to affect the system further. The church also has a history of excellence in education. If education is to develop further, particularly at the secondary and tertiary levels, then the Church has to be involved in a selective and sustainable manner.
Therefore, having this goal the diocese had established the following primary,secondary schools and Colleges ,Secondary schools are: Pandahill Secondary, St. Mary’s Junior Seminary, St. Francis Girl Secondary, Consolata Secondary,St. Thomas More secondary, Mbaga Tuzide Secondary and James Sagu Secondary. The following secondary schools are managed by the diocese of Mbeya, these include, Wenda Secondary, Igawilo secondary, Irambo secondary and Ngana secondary. Furthermore, the diocese has primary Schools namely St. Thomas More primary school, Kisa English Medium. Colleges are Mwambani Nursing college, Iyunga Vocational Training Centre, Mbeya Trade School and Antonia Trade school.
The Diocesan priority and focus is on those programs and interventions that seek to make people more self-reliant and that encourage them to be involved in gainful activities that will increase their food production, income and therefore improve their standard of living. The Diocese also seeks to address attitudinal issues that were embraced from the previous political systems.
One of the major hindrances to individuals in business is capital and access to credit. In encouraging people’s involvement in gainful activities, access to capital through seed money and access to affordable credit will be a priority. The success of any business initiatives will require the development of business, management and marketing skills.
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The diocese of Mbeya is carrying on its functions of healing the whole body meaning body and soul. Therefore it is from here that it provides health services to the citizens of Tanzania while observing nondiscrimination principle. The available Government health services are inadequate and where they exist, they cannot meet the whole community. Having that in mind the diocese has 2 Hospitals namely Mwambani and Igogwe, 3 Health Centres namely Mkulwe, Kisa and Iyunga, while on the other hand the diocese has 8 dispensaries namely, Lupa, Songwe, Hasamba, Bara, Igurusi, Mshewe and Mlowo. Most of the diseases presented at health facilities are preventable. Therefore, the Diocese health services are focused in preventive measures rather than curative services. This does not mean that the curative measures will be ignored, but as a strategy the preventive measures should be a cross cutting issues of all the efforts and sectors of the Diocese.
This is among the departments of the diocese of Mbeya, it is dealing with communicating to the people/ public. Having this in mind the diocese of Mbeya has established a studio for recording choir and a small studio for preparing different radio programs. In addition to that, they are preparing different news to be sent to various media in Tanzania and Radio Vatican.
The lay people are called in a special way in the task of Evangelization by their secural way of living. Lay people have the obligations to fulfill their duties be it apostolate or world activities. In fulfilling this they have different lay groups such as Sacred heart of Jesus Christ, Fatima apostolate, Congregation of the third order of St. Francis, Legio of Mary, Facolare Movement, The Vicentians, Catholic Charismatic Movement, Men association (UWAKA), Women Association (WAWATA), The Youth, The Old and retired Association and Holy Childhood. In addition to that Lay apostolate is facing some challenges in which the diocese is trying to deal with these are:-