The Community is a mixed community of nuns and friars, founded by the Revd Canon Lazarus Tashaya Muyambi in 1977. On a visit to St Augustine's Mission, Penhalonga, he was attracted by the life of the CR fathers and the CZR sisters. With the inspiration of the Spirit of the Lord, he believed it was of great value to start a Religious community.
The first three sisters were attached to St Augustine's for three months, Sister Gladys being the first admission on 14 May 1978. The first convent was officially opened in 1979 and the initial work was caring for orphans at St Agnes Children's Home.
In January 2000, Canon Muyambi stepped down from leadership, believing the community was mature enough to elect its own leaders, which it did in March 2000. The Community have a Rule, Constitution and are governed by a Chapter. They take vows of Love, Compassion and Spiritual Poverty. The Community is progressing well with young people joining every year. Each member is qualified or skilled in one trade or another.
Name: Sister Teresah CZM & Friar Joshua CZM
Archsister & Archfriar in charge, assumed office 2014
Address: PO Box 138, Gokwe South, Zimbabwe
Fax: +263-059 2566
The Community started in 1982 with 8 members who broke away from the Community of the Holy Name (Chita Che Zita Rinoyera). The Community is stationed at St David's Bonda Mission and it is an open community. We assist the Church in evangelistic work and other ministerial duties. Some members are employed by the diocese as priests and some as Evangelists. We run an orphanage with a maximum number of thirty young children. As of now, the age-group is going beyond this age range because of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. We are also a self-reliant community through land tilling and poultry. There is now another house at St Francis Mission, Sherugwi, in the diocese of Masvingo.
Name: Mother Mildah CHT
Mother, assumed office 2006
Address: St David's Bonda Mission,P Bag T7904, Mutare, Zimbabwe
The Sisters care for orphans on St John's Mission, Chikwaka. One sister works for the diocese of Masvingo and one is working in Harare.
Name: Mother Sylvia CBLM
Address: Shearly Cripps Children's Home,PO Box 121, Juru, Zimbabwe
Our Community was started in 1935 by Father Baker of the CR Fathers at Penhalonga, with Mother Isabella as the founder. The CZR Sisters were helped by CR Sisters (Liz and Lois), and later by OHP Sisters (especially Lila, Mary Francis, Joyce and Hannah). When they left, Sister Isabella was elected Mother.
Today the CZR Sisters work at the clinic and at the primary and secondary schools. Some do visiting and help teach the catechism. We make wafers for several dioceses, including Harare. Some of the Sisters look after the church, seeing to cleaning and mending of the church linen. We have an orphanage that cares for thirty children, with an age range of eighteen months to eighteen years.
In 1982, half the Sisters and the novices left CZR and created another community at Bonda. Six months later, some of those Sisters in turn went to found Religious Life at Harare. So CZR has been the forerunner of other communities in Zimbabwe.
Name: Mother Betty CZR
Revd Mother, assumed office 2007
Address: St Augustine's Mission,PO Penhalonga, Mutare, Zimbabwe
Tel: +263-(Penhalonga) 22217