Roman Catholic Church: St Francis Xavier College

Roman Catholic Church

St Francis Xavier College

St Francis Xavier College (now Kutama College), is an all-boys high school located near Norton in the Zvimba area, 80 kilometres southwest of Harare. The school moto “Esse Quam Videri” is Latin meaning “to be, rather than to seem”.

Founded prior to the Second World War by Jesuit Priests, Kutama was one of the first institutions to offer high school education to students of African descent in colonial Rhodesia. Its Jesuit origins are reflected in its official name, St Francis Xavier College. The school is part of Kutama Mission, a Roman Catholic mission originally run by Jesuits but now run by the Marist Brothers, a Catholic order devoted to educational work.

The school’s first headmaster was Father Jerome O’Hea, an Irish-born priest after whom the local mission hospital is named. Its most famous headmaster was James Anthony (affectionately known as “Jachi”) Chinamasa, a Kutama College old boy and elder brother of Zimbabwean Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa. The present headmaster is Br Jacob Mutingwende who took over from Br Bernard Chirombe, who served as deputy headmaster under Stephen Muchenje who retired at the end of 2008.


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