Bishop James is now recovering well following an operation to remove a cataract from his right eye.

As Rondo is sited on the edge of a government forest reserve, trees are an everyday concern of life. From the short term climate advantages that tree planting instantly brings to the longer term investment for fruit-bearing and timber production, trees are bringing green benefits to the environment. Teak- tiki- in Swahili grows very well and the two pictures show the nursery trees which are raised by the water point in Chiponda, just down the hill from College and a field of maturing Teak trees planted by schoolboys around five years ago and growing well.

Christmas Day at Rondo was a joyous time. Many people from the adjacent village of Mnara were invited to come to worship at the chapel, regardeless of their faith. Many civil employees such as the Ward Education Officer, village council officers and people employed at the College as workers and drivers are based in the village. There was a special lunch after church and then many joined in a mass tree planting around College.

Freedom Ambikilile, Academic Master of Rondo and Fr Linus Buriani went on air this week to promote Rondo Junior Seminary and invite applications for new students. The new term begins soon and new pupils are preparing to arrive.

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Following the renovation of the roof at Rondo, the staff and students are all helping to build a new path and flowerbeds which will lead from the school classrooms to the chapel.  Fr Linus Buriani is keen for Rondo’s past students to help the current students to prosper and flourish in a beautiful environment.  Only 8% of the world’s population has a bank account, but this does not prevent innovative ways of supporting projects finacially for Tanzanians! Fr Linus has set up communications within Whatsapp to keep in contact with pupils who have moved on to university and professions.  Mobile phone money transfers have meant that past students have supported projects such as help for retired teachers and now to rebuild the paths to the chapel.  Contributions are usually in the form of how many bags or halves of a bag of cement that one can help with!  Even international contributions are possible through mobile phone transactions using Airtel Money and Tigo Pesa which is the way that all Tanzanians transact as so many people do not use traditional urban based banks.

The staff look has also been rebranded with smart new grey polo shirts for staff with a new school logo.  Private schools have been going through a hard time following closures for many weeks during the Coronavirus,  Rondo is at the heart of the diocese of Masasi and the Anglican community are always supportive of iniatives.

Bishop James has appointed Father Linus Buriani to be the new Rector of Rondo School and Seminary, with immediate effect, as the school has been without a Rector for sometime. Fr. Linus is currently the Assistant Diocesan Development Officer, and led a three year project in Tunduru called All Mothers and Children Count, that ended in February, aimed at reducing the incidence of child and maternal mortality.

In Tunduru, Linus worked on creating an holistic approach to developing the welfare of villages, with new clinics established, diets improved through the teaching of livestock husbandry and agricultural techniques, contraception and building classrooms, which has had the hoped for outcomes of improving the life chances for both children, and mothers. Linus is a graduate of University of Dodoma in Tanzania in Development Studies and was educated at Rondo and Lindi High School.  He is the son of Canon Buriani.  Linus is married to Thabiti who is a Secondary school teacher and they have a son Ethan Joel.


After the news that the Lambeth Conference has been postponed until 2021, there will therefore not be a visit this year by Bishop James and Veronica from Masasi.

Jonathan Rendell writes:-

News from Masasi:

  • The House of Bishops met last week for a briefing on COVID-19 amongst other business
    • All the necessary hygiene matters have been clearly explained to all Bishops who will take these instructions back to their Dioceses: +James was meeting with the Rural Deans yesterday who will intern give the messages to their congregations today
    • Churches must only meet in small numbers from this week: two services or more each Sunday if that is necessary
    • There are at present 6 people infected with COVID-19 in Tanzania: only one is a Tanzanian; the others have entered the country from abroad.


  • Schools and Universities are closing across the nation
  • Farah is remaining at home and not going to Mbeya now for her pre-Form 5 three months education
  • Hugo is coming home today from University
  • Farajah is working still at Mtwara: at the Mkapa Foundation – a three months contract
  • Veronica came home from her English course in Mombassa this week
  • Rondo: students have all gone home
  • Revd Vincent Masimoysa returns home today from Kampala Christian University


  • +James diary is somewhat curtailed due to CORVID-19 but will travel to parishes on Sundays, Maundy Thursday and Easter Day
  • Saturday, 25th April: the Commissioning Service for the 18 Catechist Graduates from Kwitonji Bible School


  • The harvest this year will be a reduced one: some people have managed to plant but many have not been able to do so ….. it was still raining in Masasi on Friday


  • The flood relief continues to bring real help to the people of Kilwa District. There is still much lying water but people are planting for the harvest. The Diocese has given many bags of seed to the Regional Commissioner for  distribution: they met at Lindi. Hope is being restored through the clothes, the food and the seeds from the Diocese. +James was able to meet with the Regional Commissioner with these gifts and to pray with them.


  • +Oscar is back home in Newala; he is working as Bishop again so clearly is recovered from his illnesses. Good news. No other news from Newala just now

We have received by letter news from Bishop James of devastating floods in these two districts please see the letters under the NEWS heading on our home page.