Ruwa community was constituted in July 2007. As a communitarian group with other houses in Zimbabwe, two or three missionaries had always lived there, in charge of running of the parish, school ministry and for some time initial formation, vocation promotion and publications.
Initially the community ran St Charles’ Parish, which was a parish founded in the Archdiocese of Harare, Zimbabwe. The parish was founded in Ruwa which is situated east of Harare. The parish covered an area of 285 square kilometers. According to the census held in 2012 the area covered by the parish had a population of about 56,333 people of which only 5% are Catholic faithful.
There were two big centers and three small centers in the Parish. The two large centers were within an urban set up, while the three small centers covered farming areas. One of the big centers became a parish in October 2018, when Saint Dominic Parish was born, as a division of Saint Charles Lwanga.
The mission of the parishes are to strengthen Small Christian Communities using a well catechized, committed and faithful leadership working as one family in Christ, in order to preach our faith through action.
There are two schools from the Diocese in the territory of the Parish of Saint Dominic, St. Vincent Primary and St. Vincent Secondary School. Both of them are under the Archdiocese of Harare jurisdiction. The parish priest is the Local Responsible Authority in the name of the Archbishop.
Some of the main focus in this ministry are: implementing high education standards, taking care of the Catholic Ethos through prayers and the teachings of the Church, and, with serious care taken of administration and transparency, developing the structures of the schools in liaison with the parents.