Ongwediva to get Roman Catholic cathedral

16 Feb 2018 08:00am
ONGWEDIVA, 16 FEB (NAMPA) - The Windhoek Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Namibia plans to construct a cathedral at Ongwediva under its Okatana Pastoral Region following a decision to divide the diocese into two.
This came to light during the ground-breaking ceremony held to symbolise the commencement of the construction of the N.dollars 28 million cathedral on Thursday.
Speaking at the event, the head of the Okatana Pastoral Region, Father Mathias Tshithigona said it has long been a dream of the church to construct a cathedral in northern Namibia after it was found befitting to divide the archdiocese into the Windhoek and Oshakati dioceses.
He also said the church is experiencing remarkable growth in terms of member population, resources and personnel.
Tshithigona also pointed out that a church population of 200 000 members will be catered for by the envisaged Oshakati diocese, hence the need for the cathedral to be built in Ongwediva.
The cathedral will be completed in June 2020.
There will also be a priest’s residence, religious sisters’ house, kindergarten and bookshop on the premises.
According to Tshithigona, the archdiocese, pastoral region, Religious Sister’s Organisation and Bookshop Society will contribute the largest portion of the construction cost, while the host Ongwediva Parish will contribute N.dollars 2 million towards the project.
Nexus Building Contractors has been contracted to construct the buildings.