A former priest of Sandy Bay parish in Hobart will next month be ordained bishop of the Njombe Diocese in his native Tanzania. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.
Bishop-elect Eusebio Kyando served in Sandy Bay for 18 months in 2005 and 2006. He oversaw the pastoral care of African migrants in the archdiocese, while also completing a master’s degree in professional accounting at the University of Tasmania.
Fondly remembered by many parishioners, there will be a special Mass of celebration at 10am on Sunday, January 14, at Holy Spirit Church, Sandy Bay, to mark the occasion of Fr Kyando’s elevation to the episcopate.
Having previously raised $30,000 in support of the Catholic faithful in the Njombe Diocese in 2006, Sandy Bay Parish is organising another fundraiser to be gifted to the diocese.
Deacon Nick MacFarlane served alongside Fr Eusebio during his time in Tasmania, and explained that poverty in Tanzania is very real, with the average individual income being less than $2000 per year.
“Because of the general poverty in Njombe, it would be a good and generous thing if we, as Tasmanians, could raise some money to send to Fr Eusebio as a gift for his diocese on the occasion of his ordination as its new bishop,” he said.
“We also thank God that we had Fr Eusebio in our midst and ministering to us all those years ago.”
Former Sandy Bay priest to become new Tanzanian bishop (By Josh Low, Hobart Archdiocese)