Dean of Studies: Fanuel Magwidi, OFM
On 16 February Holy Trinity College, School of Theology, in Harare celebrated 10 years since its foundation in 2003. The Franciscans were instrumental in founding the college, and young friars from the Custody of the Good Shepherd in Zimbabwe, dependent on the Irish Franciscan Province, attend the college.
The principal speakers at the celebration were Fr Joe MacMahon, OFM, (first Dean) and Archbishop Robert Ndlovu of Harare. The Rector, Fr. Conrad Mutizamhepo, O.Carm, welcomed all the guests to this special anniversary event. Fr Joe was introduced as the visionary who believed in the whole idea of a College of Theology for Religious.
In his talk Joe traced the story of the college from its small beginnings to the present day, saying: “I don’t recognise the college today. Its founding was an act of faith in God. In the beginning in 2003 there were just 12 students – the three founding members were the Carmelites, Franciscans and Redemptorists. A year later the Spiritans joined.”
The college began in rooms at the Redemptorist and Franciscan houses in Tafara – then moved to Silveira Jesuit house – and now is happily settled in an anex of Nazareth House.
The Archbishop then spoke, saying as he began: “I find it hard to speak after a visionary!” He spoke on the Year of Faith and why we have this special year. He gave a fine talk – using many of the inspiring words of Pope Benedict.
After the talks certificates were presented to lay poeple who had followed a year’s theology course at the college. This is a great new venture. The certs were presented by the Papal Nuncio and the Archbishop. The Papal Nuncio had sponsored the first course for the laity.
At 12.00 noon Mass was celebrated in the Nazareth House chapel. The Archbishop was the principal celebrant; he was joined by the Provincials of the Redemptorist, Carmelites and Spiritants who had traveled for the occasion. Fr Eugene Barrett, OFM, represented the Irish Minister Provincial, Hugh McKenna, OFM. After Mass there was a festive lunch and entertainment – and so began another ten years!
Joe MacMahon, OFM: first Dean of Holy Trinity College