Jude Thaddaeus Ruwa'ichi

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The Most Reverend

Jude Thadaeus Ruwa'ichi

OFM Cap.
Archbishop of Dar-es-Salaam
ChurchCatholic Church
Appointed15 August 2019
PredecessorPolycarp Pengo
Ordination25 November 1981
Consecration16 May 1999
by Polycarp Pengo
Personal details
Born (1954-01-30) 30 January 1954 (age 70)
Previous post(s)
Styles of
Jude Thaddaeus Ruwa'ichi
Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Grace
Religious styleArchbishop

Jude Thadaeus Ruwa'ichi, OFMCap (born 30 January 1954) is a Tanzanian prelate of the Catholic Church who has been Archbishop of Dar-es-Salaam since 15 August 2019. He is a Capuchin and has been a bishop since 1998.


Jude Thaddeus Ruwa'ichi was born on 30 December 1954 in Mulo-Kilema, in the Diocese of Moshi, Tanzania.

He joined the Capuchins and was ordained a priest on 25 November 1981. He has served as a member of the order's governing body (General Definitorium).[1]

Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Mbulu on 9 February 1999. He received his episcopal consecration from Archbishop Polycarp Pengo on 16 May. Pope John Paul appointed him Archbishop of Dodoma on 15 January 2005.[2]

On 10 November 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Archbishop of Mwanza.[3] In 2014, he participated in the launch of a program for the prevention and treatment HIV combined with efforts to prevent discrimination against people living with HIV. The program was based on a partnership with government agencies with NGO funding.[4] He also served as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Shinyanga from 2013 to 2015.[1]

Pope Francis appointed him Archbishop Coadjutor of Dar es Salaam on 21 June 2018.[5] Ruwa'ichi became Archbishop upon the retirement of Cardinal Polycarp Pengo on 15 August 2019.[6] In March 2019, while announcing a partnership with private insurers to provide life insurance as they had health insurance, he challenged them to address education insurance to allow families to finance education with less dependence on sponsors and patrons.[7]

He was President of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference from 2006 to 2012. He has been an advocate of the Small Christian Communities movement.[1]

He is the author of The Constitution of Muntu: an inquiry into the eastern Bantuʼs metaphysics of person (Berne: Peter Lang, 1990; European University Studies). He also launched health and life insurance for Christians to secure them with health, medical assistance and hospitalization on 5 May 2023.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Samasumo, Paul (21 June 2018). "Pope Francis appoints Coadjutor Archbishop for Dar es Salaam". Vatican News. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 15.01.2005" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 15 January 2005. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 10.11.2010" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  4. ^ "The Tanzania Catholic Church launches the Test and Treat Project" (Press release). World Health Organization. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 21.06.2018" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 21 June 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 15.08.2019" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 15 August 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  7. ^ Msikula, Abela (18 March 2019). "Archbishop Ruwa'ichi Suggests Education Insurance". Daily News (Tanzania). Archived from the original on 15 August 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  8. ^ https://communications.amecea.org/index.php/2023/05/05/tanzania-dar-es-salaam-archdiocese-launches-health-and-life-insurance-for-the-faithful/

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