The Congregation of St. Gemma Sisters of Dodoma has a History of time, since 1947. Kondoa was the first Generalate House with its Superior Formatter Sr. Columba Zogno. In 1958 Lumuma became a formation centre and later a Generalate house of the congregation. Sr. Gemma Ichuka moved to Lumuma changing the headquarters. Once more according to development growth, signs of time, circumstance and needs, in 1975 the Generalate moved again from Lumuma to Dodoma where it is headquarters of the Diocese, in which, we are the local Diocesan congregation.
Sr. Columba Zogno, from Misericordia Sisters, was appointed Superior Formatter, while Sr. Basiliana Visentini and Guliana Lavarda were her Councilors and formatters. The missionaries did the wonderful work till 1967 when the Congregation held for the first time, a general chapter and election Chapter for indigenous Mother General. The first superior General of the Congregation was elected and took over leadership. Mother Gemma Ichuka was the elect who lead the Congregation for twelve years (1967-1979). This was the beginning of the real history of the St Gemma Galgani Sisters of Dodoma.
The Late Mother Gemma Ichuka lead the Congregation for twelve years. (1967-1979). With a high degree of tolerance our Mother persevered so many hardships, but with her great faith, humility and love to everyone.
She died peacefully in 22 December 1982. May her soul rest in peace. Amen
In the fourth general chapter Sr. Matilde Dinu was elected mother general for a term of Six years ( 1985 – 1991).
Sr. Florencia reigned from 2003 to 2015. That is two term Leadership .
Membership and Apostolate
St Gemma Sisters of Dodoma belong to the Catholic Arch Diocese of Dodoma. In other words it is of Diocesan Right. Members are recruited from all over Tanzania and outside. Members are from different ethnic groups in Tanzania.
The existence of the Congregation is in seven Dioceses in Tanzania- Dodoma, Kondoa, Singida, Arusha, Morogoro, Tanga, Dar-es-salaam, and Njombe. We also work as missionaries in Brescia Italy,
Evangelization was and still will ever be the target of the Congregation. Members therefore engage in development programs by teaching both religious and secular education.