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Diocese of Sumbawanga

Dioecesis Sumbavangensis

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  • Beatus Christian Urassa, ALCP/OSS, Bishop-Elect
  • Damian Kyaruzi, Bishop Emeritus

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Diocese
  • Name Changed: 24 October 1969
  • Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Tabora
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Tanzania, United Republic of
  • Square Kilometers: 28,654 (11,067 Square Miles)
  • Mailing Address: Bishop's House, P.O. Box 34, Sumbawanga, Tanzania
  • Telephone: (025)2802.178

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Vicariate Apostolic of Tanganyika
27 September 1880ErectedVicariate Apostolic of Central Africa {Africa Centrale} Vicariate Apostolic of Tanganyika (erected) (as Pro-Vicariate Apostolic)
1883ElevatedVicariate Apostolic of Tanganyika (to Vicariate Apostolic)
11 January 1887Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Tanganyika Vicariate Apostolic of Upper Congo {Congo Superiore} (erected)
Vicariate Apostolic of Unianyembé (erected) ((or 30 Dec 1886))
31 July 1889Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Tanganyika Vicariate Apostolic of Nyassa (erected) (as Pro-Vicariate Apostolic)
18 July 1932Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Tanganyika Mission "Sui Iuris" of Tukuyu (erected)
10 May 1946Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Tanganyika Vicariate Apostolic of Kigoma (erected)
Vicariate Apostolic of Karema
10 May 1946Name ChangedVicariate Apostolic of Tanganyika Vicariate Apostolic of Karema
Diocese of Karema
25 March 1953ElevatedVicariate Apostolic of Karema Diocese of Karema
Diocese of Sumbawanga
24 October 1969Name ChangedDiocese of Karema Diocese of Sumbawanga
23 October 2000Territory LostDiocese of Sumbawanga Diocese of Mpanda (erected)


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Vicariate Apostolic of Karema
Diocese of Karema
Diocese of Sumbawanga

Note: Any changes in boundaries over time are not indicated in the above table.

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


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