Diocesan Priests

Name: Rev. Father Lawena Samwel John
Father: John Paul Lawena
Mother: Rose Kivaria
Date of Birth: 1/1/1961
Place of Birth: Maghare Kilomeni Parish (village) Catholic Diocese of Same, Mwanga District, Kilimanjaro Region
Primary Education 1969 to 1975 at Kilomeni Primary School
Minor Seminary
  • O-level Education From 1976 -1979 at St Peters Seminary Morogoro Diocese
  • A-level Education from 1980-1982at St James Seminary in Catholic Diocese of Moshi
Major Seminary
  • 1982 to 1984 at Kibosho Major Seminary in Catholic Diocese of Moshi (Diploma in Philosophy)
  • Theological studies 1985 to 1989 at St Paul Theological Seminary at Kipalapala in Archdiocese of Tabora (Diploma in systematic Theology)
Further studies
  • Masters in Canon Law 1997 to 1999 at Urabaniana Pontifical University of Rome
  • PHD in Canon Law 2000 to 2002 Urabaniana Pontifical University of Rome
Date of Ordination
  • Deaconate 15/12/1988 Same Cathedral Parish
  • Priesthood 14/06/1989
Silver Jubilee 10 July 2014 at Kilomeni Parish
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S/No Year Designation Place
1 July 1989 to July 1996
  • Rector
  • Parish Priest
  • Chaplain
  • Dido vocation Training  center
  • Dido Parish
  • Dido Grail Community
2 1992 to 1996 Diocesan Vocations Director Diocese of Same head office
3 2002 to 2007
  • Bishop’s secretary, Vocations Director,
  • Judical Vicar,
  • Secretary of Canon Law Commission of TEC,
  • Secretary for the Bishops of Arusha Eccesiastical Province,
  • Judge of the Eccesiastical Tribunal in Moshi Diocese,
  • Priest in charge of Vumary Minyala out stations.
                  Vumary Minyala out  station
4 2007 to 2010 Parish Priest  Same Cathedral Parish
5 2010 to 2014 Diocesan Financial and patrimony department Diocese of Same head office
6 2011 to 2014 Priest in charge Ruvu Muungano, Ruvu Mferejini and Ngage out stations
7 2012 to 2015 Vice Chairman UMAWATA at National level
8 20 July 2014 to date Parish Priest Chanjale Parish

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