Fr. Antonio Llamas cmf (In Zimbabwe from 2002)
My name is Antonio Llamas, I am a Claretian Missionary who was ordained priest in 1994 and has been working outside Spain (my native country) for 23 years. I have been working for 5 years in the North of Argentina, the border with Bolivia. Those years were so special and full of happiness. Since 2002, I have been working in Zimbabwe. For more than ten years I have been working in the rural areas, in Gokwe Diocese and from 2013 I have been living in a town outside Harare (Ruwa town), working in a Parish. At the moment I am working and living again in Zhomba Mission, in Gokwe Diocese. I feel part of the mission of the Claretian Missionaries in the World and part of the history of the Claretian Missionaries in Zimbabwe.
Fr. Luis María Guerrero cmf (In Zimbabwe from 2002)
I am a Claretian missionary. Born in Nerva (Huelva Province), nevertheless, I moved to Seville city at 10 years old, and because of that, most of the claretians think that I am a “sevillano”. I studied in the Claret School in Seville. When I was 17, I joined the Congregation in Loja (Granada Province), where I did my Postulancy, Noviciate and, finally, my First vows on September 8th, 1974 (a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then!). Then I passed to Granada´s Theologate, where I studied my Licence in Theology and I was ordained as a Priest in 1982. Later on, I got a Licence in Philosophy by the UNED. I have been working both in rural and sub-urban parishes, and also in Schools. Since 2002, I have been in the Claretian Mission in Zimbabwe, where I arrived with the first missionary team. During these 16 years I have worked in all the missionary communities: Gwave Mission, Ruwa Parish, Zhomba Mission. Since January 2017, I am part of the Formation Team of the Mission, receiving and accompanying both the aspirants and postulants, who want to join the Congregation in their first formative stages. Greetings from Harare.
Fr. Joaquín Béjar cmf (In Zimbabwe from 2006)
I am Joaquín Béjar Alvarado, cmf. a Claretian Missionary from Spain, appointed to this Mission of Zimbabwe since 2006. I grew up as missionary in this mission and I was appointed to the three communities in the Mission for some time.
I am now dedicated to the Parish Ministry, being the Parish Priest of Saint Charles Lwanga in Ruwa.
My experience of these years in Zimbabwe is very positive. I have found God in this Church in Zimbabwe, the personal “self-giving” of dying to my culture, my language and my way of doing things. It has been a Spiritual Growth in my vocational and missionary life.
Fr. Peter Paul Siluvaipillai cmf (In Zimbabwe from 2009)
I am Peter Paul Siluvaipillai. I made my first profession on 31st May 1992. I was ordained on 5th May 2000. I came to Zimbabwe on 17th March 2009. I am very happy to be a Claretian Missionary and to work here in Zimbabwe.
Fr. Manuel Ogalla cmf (In Zimbabwe from 2012)
Hello everybody, how are you? My name is Manuel Ogalla cmf and I am a Claretian Missionary working in Zimbabwe since January 2012. I was born on the 21st January 1983, in Cádiz, a small but beautiful city in southern Spain. My history as Claretian began when I joined the postulancy in 2001. I professed my first vows in Granada on 8th September 2005 and 4 years later I did my final vows celebrating the feast of our Founder. After the time of Theology in Granada I was sent to Madrid for further studies. I was ordained as a priest in 2011 on the Solemnity of St. Joseph; the ordination was solemnized in the Church of St. Anthony Mary Claret in Sevilla where I was appointed to teaching in the school and living in the community of the Postulancy. Just a few months later I received the good news of my appointment to Zimbabwe where I landed in January 2012. The first year in this country I was living in the community of Ruwa and it was marked by the great challenge of learning the language. Enthusiasm and eagerness were the best help for that task. After few months in Ruwa, together with Fr. Joaquin Bejar cmf, we started the new formation house in Harare: Claret House. After a few years working in Zhomba Mission, Gokwe Diocese, I was appointed as formator of postulants and candidates in Claret House, Harare.
Fr. Judes Shylan Sebamalai cmf (In Zimbabwe from 2015)
My Name is Sebamalai Judes Shylan, I was born on the 18th of February 1981 in Sri Lanka. I joined the Congregation in 1999 on July 14. I made my first profession in September 8th 2005. I did all my philosophical and Theological studies in Sri Lanka. And I made my final commitment on 8th of September 2012 and was Ordained on the 24th of April 2014. After my Ordination I worked in a Parish as an Assistant Parish priest for one year and after that I was appointed to the mission of Zimbabwe and I arrived to Zimbabwe on the 11th of November 2015. At the moment I am working in Ruwa, Saint Dominic Parish, as an Assistant priest.
Fr. Lawrence Yi Deok Hyeong cmf (In Zimbabwe from 2017)
I am Fr. Yi Deok-Hyeong, belonging to the Korea Independent Delegation.
I came to Zimbabwe in 2017 for encountering God among the people and taking them to the presence of Him in the style of Fr. Claret. In 2012, when I was a student, Iexpressed Fr. General Superior my willingness for the universal mission. He gave me an immediate answer saying, «Zimbabwe need missionaries». After four years I really got the permission and arrived at Harare, Zimbabwe.
As mentioned in the XXV General Chapter Declaration “Witnesses and Messengers of the Joy of the Gospel” I am trying to live such a missionary life in praying, working and suffering for the love of God in the living with the people.
I would like to write down here what I received from Fr. General, «Love the people to whom you are sent with their richness and limitations. They are your own people». Thank God for being with us always.
Fr. Álvaro Rodríguez cmf (In Zimbabwe from 2018)
Hi! My name is Álvaro Rodríguez Jover cmf. I was born in Granada (Spain) in 1978. In 1999, I joined the Claretians doing the postulancy in Sevilla (Spain). After completing my novitiate, I made my first profession in 2002, the 8th of September. After finishing my theological studies, I was assigned to the Claret School in Sevilla, where I spent two years. On the 27th of September 2009, I was ordained priest, spending my first year as a priest in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The following year, I moved to Don Benito, where I worked for six years in the Claret School.
In June 2016, I was assigned to Zimbabwe but my English was poor. For this reason, I spent one year in England studying English. I arrived in Zimbabwe in March 2018. Currently I am in Zhomba Mission. I am very happy to be here. I hope I can give the best of myself to this country.
Fr. Anil Minj cmf (In Zimbabwe from 2018)
This is Fr. Anil Minj CMF, belonging to the Claretian Province of Chennai (India). I was deeply inspired by the charismatic phrase of founder St. Antony Mary Claret as he was named for archbishop saying: “My spirit is for the whole world”. This Phrase of Claret’s transformation took place for me in the year 1996 after completing my secondary schooling from St. Xavier’s College Ranchi.
I was born on 15.11.1978 and I Joined the Claretian Congregation in the year 1996, entering the Novitiate in May 1998. I committed my first profession on 31.05.1999. I finished my BA philosophy in 2003. I completed my BTH in 2009, being ordained priest on 05.02.2010. I felt that this was truly a stimulated call and that I was fully capable of bringing God’s children to the knowledge of His love and His great plan of salvation. God knew my call within the call for the universal mission by keeping silence as Abraham Lincoln says, “Better to remain silence and be thought a fool than speak out and remove all doubts”.
I was deeply contented to admit the call the lord who has extended to me to serve the people of Zimbabwe. I have great respect for the sacred calling and pray every day that I may be strengthened and refined so I may be an example for those around me. I sincerely thank God and you all my brothers for the invitation to wake up my spirit filled call for Zimbabwe. Yours sincerely, Fr. Anil Minj, cmf .
Fr. Amador Nuñez cmf (In Zimbabwe from 2002 to 2006)
My Name is Fr. Amador Núñez Vecino. I was born on 17th of May 1944 in Zamora, Castrogonzalo. I belonged to the first group of Missionaries who arrived in Zimbabwe from the Bética Province in January 2002. We established ourselves first at Gwave Mission and from there we started opening Zhomba. It was amazing at the very beginning to adjust to a new culture, language and customs, but our enthusiasm and missionary spirit overtook hardships in times of deep political changes and shortage. However, I will never forget my missionary task in Zimbabwe and the good and committed people from that country. I came back to Spain in 2006 due to some health problems but my missionary experience in Africa is always in my mind and I will never forget.
Best wishes and regards to all.
Baba Amado cmf
Fr. John Omoha cmf (In Zimbabwe from 2006 to 2009)
I came to Zimbabwe in 2007 with Fr. Livinus Orakwe. We stayed together in Gokwe with Frs. Antonio, Luis María, Fermin and Joachim. The three of us; Joachim, Livinus and myself John were sent for Shona language classes in Harare. For one year including staying with a family… I loved the experience and got the language well in 2008. Fr. Luis and I were sent to Ruwa for the Parish there. I was made the parish priest. I enjoyed my mission there and the people. Later I had to come back to Nigeria and left this beautiful mission.
Fr. John Bosco Kiyuga cmf (In Zimbabwe from 2010 to 2014)
I am John Bosco Kiyuga cmf. I worked in our Claretian missions in Zimbabwe from 2010 August to May 2014. I was born in Maswa District, Simiyu Region, Tanzania on 23th December 1974. Ecclesiastically I was from Nyalikungu Parish in the Diocese of Shinyanga. I joined the claretians in 2001. After my ordination I was sent to Zimbabwe for missions.
My presence and experience in Zimbabwe: living and working among the Shona people, has really been a gift for me that I needed to receive in my missionary vocation. To realize this gift, one has to be humble and accept to be schooled in their schools of spirituality. I had a good time with my community members as well as with the recipients of our mission. I thank God the gifts of life, faith, vocation and of our Congregation.
Fr. José María Hernández cmf (In Zimbabwe from 2013 to 2014)
My name is José María Hernández Martínez, although my friends call me Pepe. On August the 7th of 1952 I was born in Murcia, Spain. Whilst still a boy, I entered the Congregation of the Claretian Missionaries and, after some years of seminary, in 1968 I was able to take my first religious vows. After studying Theology in Granada and in Rome, in 1981 I began lecturing at the Theological Faculty of Granada. Since that time, I have been also collaborated in the formation of our young Missionaries, until I was recently appointed to Rome in September 2017.
Throughout these years, I was given the opportunity to visit Zimbabwe several times. My first visit was at the end of November 1998. I came here commissioned by the Provincial Government of Betica to look for a place in which we could achieve the missionary foundation envisaged by the Provincial Chapter. After many consultations with ecclesiastical authorities and representatives in Harare, a personal visit to the diocese of Gokwe and some other contacts with the Bishop, this place was finally chosen as the site for our missionary project.
Since then, I have been in Zimbabwe three other times. The longest one was a sabbatical year that I enjoyed in 2014. It allowed me the opportunity to appreciate the vigorous growing of the small seed that had been planted fifteen years before. In fact, I was appointed to the Formation House in Harare, where the first Claretians born in Zimbabwe were making their first steps in our Congregation. Altogether, those nine months were for me a wonderful gift of God and I thank also my Claretian Brothers for facilitating this enriching experience. Notwithstanding the geographical distance, I love this country and treasure all its memories deeply in my heart. Tatenda!
Fr. Selvamani (In Zimbabwe from 2015 to 2017)
Fr. David Selvamani was born on 25th January 1985 in the place called Kommedu, TamilNadu, India. His parents are Mr. David, Mrs. Arul Mary David. He has a brother and four sisters older than him; he is the last born. After completing his high school, he joined Claretian seminary for his religious formation. Three years of his Initial formation he did in Kumbakonam then moved to postulancy and bachelor degree in Arts. He was promoted to novitiate. After the year of novitiate, he had his first profession in the year 2007, on the 31st May at Madurai. Then he went for his masters in philosophy for two years, and he was sent for regency for one year, after which he pursued his theological studies in Kolkatta. In the year 2012, he made his perpetual commitment. After two years he was ordained to priesthood in 2014, on May 14th. He was appointed two years as assistant parish priest and was asked to go to Zimbabwe for his missionary tasks. He was two years with us and then had to return to India to take care of his family.
St. Nyasha Choga cmf (made his final vows in 2020)
I am Choga Nyasha from Gokwe diocese, Gwave Mission.Brought to light on the 9th of May 1989 in Gweru. I first came in contact with the Claretian Missionaries when they were in charge of Gwave Mission. I began my discernment with them in 2010 in Ruwa Community. In the year 2015, I did my first profession in Zhomba Mission. In 2020 I did my final vows, being appointed to Zhomba Mission, Gokwe Diocese. There are many things done by the Claretians to enhance the mission in Zimbabwe and happy to have participated by being present among them. Hopefully the mission continue bearing more fruits and carrying the flag of Christ as part of the Apostles mandate to bring the Gospel to the whole world.
St. Looklife Ndhlovu cmf
I am Look-life Ndhlovu born in Zimbabwe on 15th of May 1982. I did my philosophy in Zimbabwe and my Novitiate in Kenya. In 2015-2016, I made my first profession on 16 July 2016. Currently I am in Ruwa community, working in St. Dominic Parish, one I finished my studies in Tanzania.
St. Lee Malunga cmf (Studying in Tanzania)
Lee L. Malunga is a Zimbabwean, born on the 23rd of May 1988 in Chinhoyi town. After completing his basic education, he joined the Claretian Missionaries’ formation on the 2nd of August 2013. He did his one year of candidacy studying English and Computers’ Driver’s Licence. He then entered postulants and simultaneously joined Arrupe Jesuit College for his philosophy studies. In August 2013, he was assigned by the community to teach catechism to St. Vincent centre on Sundays. He did this for two years. After his first year of philosophy he was assigned to pastoral work at St. Vincent Secondary School in Ruwa to teach Integrated Science and Introduction to Computers. Furthermore, after finishing his second year of philosophy he was assigned to Zhomba Mission in Gokwe for pastoral work. From August 2016 to April 2017, he was teaching catechism to children at St. Dominic Parish every Sunday.
After completing his studies in philosophy in 2017, he proceeded to Kenya for his Novitiate. Finishing the Novitiate on the 17th of July 2018, he made his first vows in the Congregation, professing poverty, chastity and obedience. Currently he is studying theology in Morogoro, Tanzania.
St. Kudzai Innocent Tonganai cmf
My name is Kudzai Innocent Tonganai. I was born on the 13th of April 1989 in Harare. I joined the Claretian Missionaries on the 3rd of August 2013. During my year of candidacy, I was studying English and Computer Driver’s Licence, and I also was doing my apostolate at Tichakunda Pre-school and Secondary School in Hatcliffe Extension. I was admitted into postulants in 2014, and in August of the same year, I started my philosophical studies at Arrupe College. In June 2014, I was assigned by the community to Zhomba Mission in Gokwe for pastoral work. I did my pastoral work for one month. In the same year, I was assigned to St. Francis of Assisi centre, to teach catechism every Sunday. I taught catechism at this centre for two years. In May 2015 I was assigned by the community of Ruwa to go and teach at St. Vincent Secondary School in Ruwa. This pastoral work was scheduled for five weeks. From August 2016 to April 2017, I was assigned by the community to go and teach catechism to children at St. Dominic Parish. I finished my philosophical studies on the 20th of May 2017. On the 30th of June 2017, I left Zimbabwe for Kenya for the Novitiate. After that, on the 17th of July 2018 I made my first vows in the Congregation, professing poverty, chastity and obedience. Currently I am in Zhomba Mission, Gokwe Diocese, doing a year of pastoral experience.
St. Austin Sayira cmf (Studying in Tanzania)
I am Austin Sayira, born in Zimbabwe 1993 in the city of Bulawayo. I grew up in Gokwe and it is the diocese I belong until now. Mary Queen of Peace is my Home parish.
I got to know Claretians back in 2004 at Gwave mission my former home parish. I developed a desire to be a priest from then. In 2014 I started to engage myself to know closely the Claretian Missionaries. By 2015 l started journeying with the Claretians as an aspirant until I finished my Philosophy in May 2019.
I did my Novitiate in Kenya from August 14, 2019 to August 15, 2020 the day I received my first profession in Kenya. Now I’m a first year Theology student in Morogoro. I feel happy to be part of the Claretian family.