Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in the southern part of the African continent. It borders South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. It was colonized by the British and was formerly known as Southern Rhodesia. Northern Rhodesia was the country which is now Zambia. The country made a unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) in 1965. The Lancaster House Agreement in December 1979 finally recognized the country as independent.

St. Patrick's Missionaries in Zimbabwe

Members of St Patrick’s Missionary Society arrived in Zimbabwe in January 1989. The first members to work there were Frs Joe O’Conor, Moel McHenry, Fintan Byrne and Michael Morris. They took up appointments in the Diocese of Mutare. This area had been evangelized by Jesuits and later by Irish Carmelites.

It had been formerly known as Umthali and had come to world attention during the Rhodesian War when the Irish Carmelite bishop, Donal Lamont, supported the freedom struggle. His stand earned him deportation in 1978. When the war ended in victory and independence for the indigenous Africans, Bishop Lamont was welcomed back as a hero.

 

St Patrick's Missionaries had experienced the dynamism of the Church in Kenya and Nigeria after independence, and this made work in Zimbabwe an attractive proposition. They took on a town and a rural parish, with two priests working in each.

Kenya

St Patrick’s
P.O. Box 25269

Lavington 00603

Nairobi

Kenya

Tel:

+254 20 4343189

or

+254 790494655

Email:

spsclt@spms.org

Ireland

St Patrick’s
Kiltegan
Co Wicklow

W91 Y022
Ireland

Tel:

+353 59 647 3600

Fax:

+353 59 647 3529

Email:

office@spms.ie

England

20 Beauchamp Road
East Molesey
Surrey
KT8 0PA
England

Tel:

+44 208 979 1890

Fax:

+44 208 941 8221

Email:

office@stpatricksuk.co.uk

Scotland

St Patrick’s
8, Abercromby Place
Stirling
FK8 2QP
Scotland

Tel:

+44 1786 447 722

Fax:

+44 1786 464 064

Email:

stpatsbuch@aol.com

 

USA

St Patrick Fathers
8422 West Windsor Avenue
Chicago, IL 60656-4252
USA

Tel:

+1 773 887 4741

Fax:

+1 773 887 3654

Email:

spsil@spms.org

www.stpatrickfathers.com

 

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