Sr Tshifhiwa Munzhedzi, OP
Sr Tshifhiwa Munzhedzi OP, an Associate General Secretary of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) since 1st July 2020, was born in Sibasa Area at Limpopo, South Africa.
She did her Primary Education at St Scholastica’s Primary School, and later went to Motse Maria Secondary School where she completed her Matric.
After her matric she continued her tertiary education at Venda College of Education where she obtained her Diploma in Education, and after worked as a teacher for one year before she was called to join Dominican Sisters of St Cathrine of Siena of King Williams’s Town in 1986.
In her new home she continued her work as a teacher in various schools, together with carrying out her pastoral responsibilities in the parish.
After two years as a teacher she went to further her studies at St Joseph’s Theological Institute in Cedera, in KwaZulu Natal, where she pursued her Bachelor of Theology, which she finished at the end of 1996.
The completion of her Theological Studies paved a way for Sr Tshifhiwa when she was called to serve at Lumko Institute, a SACBC Pastoral Centre, now located in Benoni in the Archdiocese of Johannesburg, as a pastoral agents’ trainer for “CALLED TO SERVE” program.
After four years of service at Lumko Institute, once more she was allowed to further her studies at Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) in Kenya, pursuing her Licentiate in Biblical Theology.
Among many other responsibilities she undertook in her Dominican Congregation Sr Tshifhiwa was assigned to work as a Novice Mistress, during the same time when she was also a teacher at the Catholic Bible College of South Africa. Also she has been in the Leadership of her congregation for a long time, both at the local and regional level.
For many times she also facilitated chapters of different congregations.
Lastly, Sr Tshifhiwa was appointed to be a promoter of the Cause for Canonisation for Blessed Tshimangazho Samuel Benedict Daswa, working fulltime in Tzaneen Diocese where the Shrine of Blessed Daswa is located. It is from there that she was appointed SACBC Associate Secretary General after the term of her predecessor, Fr Patrick Rakeketsi CSS came to an end on the 1st July 2020.
Three months later, on the 1st October 2020, Sr Tshifhiwa was appointed as the SACBC Secretary General, succeeding Sr Hermenegild Makoro CPS, whose term of office was coming to an end. Sr Tshifhiwa officially resumed her new office on the 1st January 2021.