Diocese of IFAKARA

Area Sq. Kilometres

Population       407,880

No. Catholics   326,304

Historical Notes

Ceded from Mahenge Diocese on 14th January 2012, Ifakara is the newest Catholic Diocese in the country and its first Bishop, Salutaris Melchior Libena was born on 23rd November 1963 at Mtimbira, Ulanga District, in the Diocese of Mahenge . The towns strategic position as the major road junction and only river crossing point in this fertile area means the population of over 323, 000, (89% of whom are Roman Catholic), is growing.

Ordinary

The Right Rev. Salutaris Melchior Libena, born on 23rd November 1963 at Mtimbira, Ulanga District, in the Diocese of Mahenge. He was ordained Priest on 29th June 1991. On 28th January 2010 was appointed the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Dar es Salaam. On 14th January 2012 was nominated the first Bishop of the newly erected Diocese of Ifakara and was installed on the 19th March 2012.

Address:

Bishop’s House, Ifakara

P.O Box 30 Ifakara

Kilombero/Morogoro

Tanzania

 Tel: +255 754 082682; +255 0787 398113 

Fax:    +255 23 2625064 (haitumiki kwa sasa)

Email: joselibena@gmail.com; ifakaradiocese@gmail.com

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