Pope Francis has Promoted Catholic Diocese of Mbeya to be the Archdiocese and has appointed Bishop Gervas Nyaisonga to be it's Archbishop.
The Ambassador of Vatican in Tanzania Most. Reverend Marek Solczyn'ski has announced that, Mbeya Arch diocese includes Mbeya, Sumbawanga Diocese and Iringa Diocese.
Bishop Nyaisonga who is also the President of Tanzania Episcopal Conference was the Bishop of Mpanda Diocese up to this appointment.
According to the statistics of Catholic Church in Tanzania 2018, Mbeya Archdiocese has 48 parishes, 73 priests, 15 Religious priests, 15 religious men and 299 religious women.
The Appointed Archbishop Nyaisonga has said that, he thanks God for his blessings to him. It has been his desire to serve God and his people since when he was a little boy and he sees his desires fulfilled.
“I respect the call of God to serve him as a priest now a bishop. I thank my parents who nurtured me especially my mother who was my first Catechist, brought me up, took me to school, later I joined seminary and ordained a priest and now a bishop. They have contributed a lot to become who I am today.
I thank my Bishops Late James Sangu and Late Bishop Evaristo Chengula who formed me and made me who I am today. I thank all Catholic bishops in Tanzania for cooperation, good understanding and brotherhood in serving the church.
I thank my brothers priests, both religious men and women, lay people who have supported me in this service,” he said.
He also thanked St. Augustine University of Tanzania for promoting his talents and made him recognize more of his talents, gifts and became a better person in the services.
He is now praising God for his great deeds in the pilgrimage of his life by appointing him as the first archbishop of Mbeya Archdiocese just one month since the death of Bishop Evaristo Chengula, on November 21, 2018.
It should be remembered that, the Appointed Archbishop Gervas Nyaisonga, was born on November 3, 1966, in Bunda District, Mara Region.
After his primary and secondary studies, in Mbeya and Sumbawanga, in 1989 he joined the major Seminary for Philosophy at Kibosho Seminary in Moshi-Kilimanjaro Region then Segerea Major Seminary in Dar es Salaam for Theology and in 1995 he was ordained a deacon.
On July 11, 1996, Late Bishop James Sangu ordained him a priest. History shows that this was the last priest ordained by Late Bishop James Sangu.
After his ordination he served various places in Mbeya Diocese. He served Itumba Parish and a teacher at Mbalizi minor Seminary. From 1998 to 2001 he went for higher education studies at University of Dar es Salaam-Tanzania, where he was rewarded his first degree in education. After his studies, worked as a teacher at Pandahill Secondary School, from 2001 to 2006.
From 2006 to 2009 he went for post graduate studies at the University of Dar es Salaam, where he was rewarded Master degree in Social Sciences.
From 2009 to 2011 he was Assistant lecturer at St. Augustine University of Tanzania, SAUT, located in Mwanza.
In August 2010, he was sent to Germany for higher education, as part of the preparations of being an expert of Education especially in geography. Prior to his graduation in Germany, 9 January 2011 he received a call from the Vatican Ambassador in Tanzania, informing him that Holy Father Benedict XVI has appointed him a new bishop of Dodoma Diocese.
He was installed the Bishop of Dodoma on 19th March 2011 up to February 17, 2014 where Pope Francis appointed him to be the Bishop of the Mpanda Diocese and was installed on May 4, 2014.
He served Mpanda Diocese from 2014 up to December 2018 where Pope Francis appoints him to be the Archbishop of Mbeya Arch Diocese.