GWERU: The Catholic Church will witness the installation of Bishop Rudolf Nyandoro as the Gweru Diocese head at an event set for Mkoba Stadium this weekend.
A church communiqué in possession of CommuTalk confirms the development.
“The Catholic Diocese of Gweru presents the Episcopal installation of the right reverend Bishop Randolf Nyandoro…,” the communiqué reads.
Bishop Nyandoro’s reassignment from the Diocese of Gokwe comes three years after his ordination as Catholic Bishop. He replaces Bishop Xavier Munyongani who died in 2017. Bishop Michael Bhasera has been the acting Bishop of Gweru since then.
A Gweru native, he previously served as a parish priest, seminary rector and professor, and most recently, chancellor “Chancellor (ecclesiastical)”) of the Masvingo Diocese.
Nyandoro was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Masvingo on 19 December 1998. In 1999, he worked as an assistant priest at the Mukaro mission, before serving as the rector of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Masvingo from 2000 to 2006.
From 2007 to 2009, he was rector of the diocesan minor seminary. He served as rector of Bondolfi Teachers’ College from 2010 to 2015. From 2015 to 2017, he was the Chancellor “Chancellor (ecclesiastical)”) of the Diocese of Masvingo and a professor at Bondolfi Teachers’ College.
On 28 January 2017, Nyandoro was appointed Bishop of Gokwe by Pope Francis He was appointed to succeed Bishop Angel Floro Martínez, who resigned on the same day.
His reassignment leaves the Diocese of Gokwe Bishop’s post vacant.