The Diocese of Gokwe recently opened three more missions bringing the number of missions to twenty in 27 years after the diocese’s creation in 1991. Bishop Rudolf Nyandoro commissioned St. Mary’s Nyika, Chevecheve and Mary Queen of Peace and assigned priests to take charge of the three mission stations. The missions were established as a response to
the ballooning number of Christians in the diocese and to reduce the distance traveled by priests and the laity to the nearest center of worship. St. Mary’s Nyika was created from Sengwa Mission, while St. Mary’s Queen of Peace based at the diocesan Shrine was created from Gwave Mai voRugare and Uganda Martyrs respectively and Chevecheve was born out of Tongwe Mission. The three missions are yet to be officially opened although they are already functional. Parishioners close to these new missions used to walk long distances to attend mass or to receive some spiritual and other services from their old missions. The opening of the three missions has brought some relief to the life of Christians especially the old who could not receive sacraments because of the long distance.