Twinterview with Fr Chiedza Chimhanda
In the first of our twinterviews the new Provincial of the Zimbabwe Province chatted with Laura Howley
Born in Zimbabwe, Fr Chiedza joined the Society of Jesus in 1992 after completing his A Levels at St Ignatius College, Chisawasha and was ordained as a priest in 2007 at the Church of Our Lady of the Wayside in Mount Pleasant. He become Provincial of Zimbabwe in July 2014.
Q: What is your earliest childhood memory?
Aaaah, my first day at pre-school. Very scary meeting new faces.
Q: What has been the happiest moment from your priesthood so far?
That’s not easy. Too many of them. First mass I celebrated at my former school.
Q: What’s the best thing about being a priest?
Being of service to others.
Q: Top three dinner guests living or dead?
Fr Joe Arimoso, Laura Howley and my nephew.
Q: What one thing to you hope to have achieved by the end of 2015?
Shed off three kilos.
Q: Who is your favourite saint and why?
St Francis. Nothing to do with the Pope. Francis’ love for trees, birds, brother sun and sister moon. Just like Ignatius!
Q: What’s the biggest challenge of being a priest?
Aaaah tough! Well, remaining close to God and faithful to the commitment.
Q: If you weren’t a priest, what would you be?
High school teacher or social worker. Possibly a lawyer as well.
Q: If you were stuck on a desert island what three things would you want with you?
My phone (for the daily readings etc) a hat and a fishing rod.
Q: What is heaven in 140 characters?
Being in God’s Presence and it begins now.
Q: Who would win in a fight, Ignatius or Francis Xavier?
Xavier after his time in India.
Q: If you were the president of the world, what one thing would you change today?
Allow Africa to experience real winter.