This module is intended to introduce you to the missionary dimension of Carmelite life through the study of its mission in one country. It will help you to develop your understanding that the missionary work of the Church and any religious order doesn’t take place in a vacuum but is always deeply involved in the experience, the history and the social and political situation of the mission country.  It is not possible to consider the history of the Carmelites in Zimbabwe without also considering the recent history and present situation of the country itself.

You will be working on these units:

  1. The general situation of Zimbabwe and of the Catholic Church when Carmelites first arrived there in 1946.

  2. The coming of the Irish Carmelites and the initial establishment of the mission in Zimbabwe up to 1970.

  3. The establishment of the Carmelite Sisters in the 1960s and their development up to their Golden Jubilee in 2011.

  4. The period of the Liberation War and the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe.

  5. Developments in Zimbabwe since its independence in 1980.

By the end of this module you should therefore have:

  • Some knowledge and understanding of the political and social situation in Zimbabwe at the time of the friars arrival in 1946

  • Some knowledge and understanding of the development of missionary endeavour up to this date

  • Some knowledge and appreciation of the life and work of the Carmelite sisters

  • Some knowledge and understanding of the struggle for justice in Zimbabwe & contribution to this of the Church & of Carmelites in particular

  • Some knowledge and understanding of the Gospel values underpinning the Church’s response to the struggle for independence and to the challenges facing post-independence Zimbabwe.

To make your work easier colonial place-names have been updated to their post-independence usage: Zimbabwe for Rhodesia, Gweru for Gwelo, Mutare for Umtali, Masvingo for Fort Victoria, Chimanimani for Melsetter, Hwange for Wankie, Chinhoyi for Sinoia, Marange for Maranke.]

You will find all the essential reading in the module.

The course is divided into 5 units of input and, at the end, you may complete a Questionnaire, write a Learning Journal, or write an Essay.

Once posted, each unit will be available until the end of the module. The dates on which each of the units, and the other material for this course is available in the calendar in the Student Section.



Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

Unit 5


Learning Journal

Essay titles

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