BACKGROUND: St.Gemma Sisters Congregation is a Diocesan Institution that was founded in Kondoa Irangi, Dodoma Region on the 14th September 1947 by the late Monsignor Stanislaus Ambrosini, a Passionist Father from Italy. The Founder died early in 1941 before the official recognition of the new Congregation by the Holy See. The follow-up of the initiation process was done by Mons. Joseph Brian and successfully erected by Fr. Theodor Mathew, a Passionist from Ireland, following the few key points suggested by the founder. What the founder managed to do was; first, to give the official name of the Congregation; second, to choose St.Gemma to be the patron saint, third to appoint; Sr. Columba Zogno as Superior, Sr. Basiliana Visentini and Sr. Guliana Lavarda, members of the Institute Sorele delle Misercordia as principal formatters. On November 1938 he blessed the first residence house for members of this indigenous Congregation. Lastly he gave the directives of formation guided by the spirit of mercy and passion of Christ, he said “TEACH THEM IN THE SPIRIT OF MERCY AND PASSION OF JESUS.”
**This is what we find in his four confessional statements he made while confronted by so many challenges of human conflict during the second world war 1939 – 1945.
Mons. Stanislaus Ambrosini.
HIS EARLY VIEWS; AS A PIONEER IN HISTORY OF THE ARCH DIOCESE OF DODOMA AS WELL THE FOUNDER OF A CONGREGATION.
- Niko katika bara la Africa kwa ajili ya kutimiza jambo lililo bora machoni pa MUNGU.
- Kwa ajili ya Africa nipo tayari kuinywea bilauri inayojaa kila namna ya uchungu.
- Najitolea kabisa pasipo kusita wala kujinyima hadi kufa.
- Chembe ya ngano isipoanguka katika nchi ikafa, hukaa hali hiyo hiyo peke yake, bali ikifa, hutoa mazao mengi. -My presence in the African continent is an obedient act to God’s will in me. -Willingly I take the chalice filled in with every kind of bitterness. -I surrender my life for the mission to the end of my life. -Unless the seed falls to the ground, it will not give any fruit! He must die to give abundantly!
Thus; Accordingly, Jesus died in order to be fruitful, so his followers must as well die so that they give fruit abundantly. As a result of his dedication, to day there is; the Arch Diocese of Dodoma, the two sister Dioceses of Singida and Kondoa, and the St Gemma Sisters of Dodoma, and other numerous congregations found in the Arch diocese, while still many others are flowing in.
May the Lord make us Holy!
May the Lord abundantly bless the Arch Diocese of Dodoma. May graces flow in to our Arch Bishop to make him genuine and Holy.
May the Lord show us his mercy by manifestations of graces through our founder’s intersessions. Amen.
ST. GEMMA GALGANI
The patron Saint of the St.Gemma Sisters. A mystical Italian Saint of extraordinary visions!
The vision of the Congregation is to glorify God through personal sanctification of the members who profess publicly the three evangelical Counsels of ; Chastity, Poverty and Obedience.
Mission of the Congregation is to care for the whole person-body and soul. It includes evangelization where catechetical and other religious studies are emphasized, social activities which include; medical services, education, care for orphans, disabled children, people who are marginalized.
The growth of the Congregation
Originally the congregation started in Kondoa district, as the first formation and genera-late house. In 1938 after the blessing of the first residence of the postulants, religious formation officially started. In 1945 the first noviciate started and Sr. Basiliana became the Novicemistress. In 1947 14th of September the Congregation of St. Gemma was born by the first five sisters professing. Due to rapid increase of the members, the need of a more fertile land was found at Lumuma in Mpwapwa District-Dodoma region, by a passionist, Rev. Anton Jeremia Pesce, the first Bishop of Dodoma Diocese by then. Hence forth, in 1958 the whole formation system moved to Lumuma.
Generalate of the Congregation
Kondoa was the first Generalate House where the Superior General or Mother General resided, till 1958 when it was moved to Lumuma. In so doing, Lumuma became a generalate house of the congregation. In due time, and on reading the signs of time, and the needs arising, in 1975 the generalate moved again from Lumuma to Dodoma, which is headquarters of the Diocese, for an easy administration.
Membership and Apostolate
St Gemma Sisters belong to the Arch Diocese of Dodoma. In other words it is of Diocesan Right. Members are recruited from all over Tanzania. Outside TZ in due time. Members are from different ethnic groups in Tanzania.
There are over 400 Sisters. The existence of the Congregation is in seven Dioceses in Tanzania- Dodoma, Kondoa, Singida, Arusha, Morogoro, Tanga and Dar-es-salaam. We also work as missionaries in Brescia – Italy.
Evangelization is the main target of this Congregation. The congregation is also engaged inhuman services especially the neglected. Members therefore engage in teaching both religious and secular social services such as health, education, human resources etc..
Sr. Columba Zogno.
The first Superior General ; in 1947.
To day; The Congregation is fulfilling the obligation enrollment in collaboration with other Congregations in the country, under the precious and inspired leadership of the Catholic Church on spiritual human sociology.
We are hopefully engraving our minds to all who are of good will to always UPDATE FOR A GOOD AND TRUE VISION IN SPITE OF THE SO DEVASTATING MISUSE OF THE WORLD WIDE WEB BY MANY OF THE USERS.
LORD GOD ALMIGHTY IN HEAVEN! HALLOWED BE THY NAME. THY KING DOM COME TO US! LOOK UPON YOUR WORK OF CREATION ESPECIAL ON US HUMAN! REMEMBER YOUR GLORY WHICH YOU INTENDED TO INHERIT US AND SAVE US FROM THE BIAS OF THE EVIL. AMEN. LORD GRACIOUSLY HEAR OUR PRAYER!