Patrick Chakaipa
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
PredecessorFrancis William Markall SJ
SuccessorRobert Ndlovu
Other postsChancellor: Catholic University in Zimbabwe
Personal details
Birth namePatrick Fani Chakaipa
BornJune 25, 1932
DiedApril 8, 2003(2003-04-08) (aged 70)
St Anne's Hospital
BuriedChishawasha Mission
OccupationArchbishop and Novelist

Patrick Chakaipa is one of the most renowned clerics and novelists to have come out of Zimbabwe. He was also the first black Archbishop in Zimbabwe


Patrick was born in Mhondoro on 25 June 1932.


He did his secondary education at St Micheals Mission

Religious career

Patrick was ordained priest in 1965.[1] Seven years after his ordination, he was appointed auxiliary bishop for the diocese of Salisbury later renamed Harare. in 1976, he was enthroned as the first black Archbishop in Zimbabwe. Some of the most significant moments in Chakaipa's life as a clergymen was officiating at the inaugural independence day celebrations and the marriage of Robert Mugabe and Grace Mugabe

Posts Held

Chancellor at Catholic University of South Africa-1998

Archbishop Roman Catholic Church-1976 - 2003

Bishop Salisbury-1973 - 1976

Priest in Charge All Souls Mission-1969 - 1973

Assistant Priest Makumbi Mission-1967 - 1969[2]

Related Profiles You Might Want to See

Novels Authored

  • Karikoga Gumiremiseve[3]
  • Pfumo reropa
  • Dzasukwa mwana-asina-hembe
  • Garandichauya
  • Rudo ibofu


  • Patrick Chakaipa is Zimbabwe's first black archbishop
  • He was the minister that officiated at the marriage of Robert Mugabe and Grace Mugabe
  • He was also the minister who officiated at the innaugural independence day celebrations in April 1980


  1. Trevor Grundy Patrick Chakaipa Zimbabwe's first black archbishop, The Herald: Scotland, Published: April 17, 2003, Retrieved: June 23, 2015
  2. Patrick Chakaipa, Wh is Who, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: June 23, 2015
  3. Patrick Chakaipa, Enyclopaedia Britttanica, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: June 23, 2015