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Tanzania Bishop, Walsh University Graduate to Visit Walsh Campus

What's New, 2013-09-13

Walsh University graduate and Bishop of the Catholic Diocese in Moshi, Tanzania, Isaac Amani Massawe '88 will visit the Walsh Campus September 19-23 to meet with various Walsh University staff members regarding Walsh's involvement with the Moshi Diocese of Tanzania. In addition, Bishop Amani will be meeting with Bishop George Murry of the Diocese of Youngstown to discuss the relationship between the two dioceses. Bishop Amani will also be visiting the parishes he served while he was in North Canton as a student, to thank them for their continued support of the programs and the individual contributions that are greatly benefiting the people of the Moshi Diocese.

Bishop Isaac Amani Massawe was born June 10, 1951 in the villageof Mango in the Catholic Diocese of Moshi, Tanzania.

After primary school, he attended St James Minor Seminary in the Moshi Diocese. He later studied Philosophy at the major seminary in Ntungamo and Theology at the major seminary at Kipalapala. Amani was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood on June 29, 1975.

He received his bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1988 and his Master's degree in Counseling in 1990, both from Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. During his time in Canton, Amani served as chaplain for the Brothers of Christian Instruction at Walsh University. He also helped on weekends at local parishes including Little Flower and Sts. Philip and James. Upon returning to the Moshi Diocese, Amani served as chaplain and formator for the diocesan congregation of the Brothers of Christ the Redeemer from 1990 to 2004. He was then assigned as parish priest at Christ the King Cathedral in Moshitown In November 2007, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI appointed Isaac Amani Massawe bishop of the Moshi Diocese to replace (the recently deceased) Bishop Amedeus Msarikie who was retiring. Bishop Amani was installed as bishop of Moshi, Tanzania on February 22, 2008.

The Diocese of Moshi was created in 1953. It has a population of 1,053,199 including 658,000 Catholics (62.4 percent). There are 52 parishes and 121 outstations, assisted by 161 diocesan priests and 204 religious priests, 56 brothers and 1,920 women religious. The diocese has three minor seminaries and one major seminary with 60 major seminarians