Rudolf Nyandoro

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Rudolf Nyandoro
Bishop of Gweru
ChurchCatholic Church
PredecessorXaviour Munyongani, IEME
Ordination19 December 1998
Consecrationby Michael Dixon Bhasera
Personal details
Born (1968-10-11) 11 October 1968 (age 55)
Previous post(s)Bishop of Gokwe Diocese (2015–2017)
Alma materChishawasha Major Seminary
Zimbabwe Open University (BS, MS)
University of South Africa (PhD)
Ordination history of
Rudolf Nyandoro
Priestly ordination
Date19 December 1998
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorMichael Dixon Bhasera
Co-consecratorsAngel Floro Martínez , IEME
Marek Zalewski (archbishop)
Date29 April 2017
PlaceGokwe, Zimbabwe

Rudolf Nyandoro (born 11 October 1968) is a Zimbabwean Roman Catholic prelate who served as the Bishop of Gokwe since 2017. He was appointed the new Bishop of Gweru in September 2020. A Gweru native, he previously served a parish priest, seminary rector and professor, and most recently, chancellor of the Diocese of Masvingo.

Early life and education[edit]

Nyandoro was born on 11 October 1968 in Gwelo, Rhodesia (today Gweru, Zimbabwe).[1][2][3] After primary school, he attended the Minory Seminary of Chikwingwizha.[4] From 1991 to 1994, he studied philosophy at St. Charles Lwanga Major Seminary in Chimanimani in the Diocese of Mutare.[2][4] He then completed his theological studies at Chishawasha Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Harare.[2][4] He holds a BS and MS in Counseling from Zimbabwe Open University. In 2015, he earned his PhD in Pastoral Counseling from the University of South Africa.[2][4]


Nyandoro was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Masvingo on 19 December 1998.[1][3][4] In 1999, he worked as an assistant priest at the Mukaro mission, before serving from 2000 to 2006 as the rector of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Masvingo.[2][4] From 2007 to 2009, he was rector of the diocesan minor seminary.[2][4] He served as rector of Bondolfi Teachers' College from 2010 to 2015.[2][4] From 2015 to 2017, he was the Chancellor of the Diocese of Masvingo and a professor at Bondolfi Teachers' College.[2][3][4]


On 28 January 2017, Nyandoro was appointed Bishop of Gokwe by Pope Francis.[1] He was appointed to succeed Bishop Angel Floro Martínez, who resigned on the same day.[2][3][4] His episcopal ordination was held on 29 April 2017, on the ground of St. Paul's Primary School in Gokwe.[1][3] Bishop Michael Dixon Bhasera, President of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops' Conference and Bishop of Masvingo, was the principal consecrator.[1][3] Archbishop Marek Zalewski, Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe, and Angel Floro Martínez, Bishop Emeritus of Gokwe, served as co-consecrators.[1] In addition to bishops and clergy, the ordination ceremony was attended by thousands of laity.[3] Congratulatory remarks were delivered by Archbishop Zalewski and Robert Ndlovu, Archbishop of Harare.[3]

Episcopal lineage[edit]

The following is Nyandoro's episcopal lineage:[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Cheney, David M. "Bishop Rudolf Nyandoro". Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Other Pontifical Acts". Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Taruva, Fortunate. "Gokwe's new bishop Rt Rev Nyandoro ordained". Jesuits Zimbabwe – The Zimbabwe Province of the Society of Jesus. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Clerical Whispers: ZIMBABWE – Resignation of the Bishop of Gokwe, appointment of successor". Clerical Whispers. 2017-02-03. Retrieved 2018-04-26.