Bamenda

Location

Official Name Bamenda Abbey

79

Country Cameroon

City Mankon

Address P.O. Box 101

Contact Information

Telephone [237] 7769 20 40

Telephone 2 [871] 762 945 179 (satellite)

Community Email ocsobamenda@yahoo.co.uk

Website www.bamendaabbey.co.uk

Superior Dom Timothy Kelly, Procurator General and Pontifical Commissary of Bamenda 2013.

Other Informations

Juridical Status Abbey

Diocese Archidioecesis Bamendana (Bamenda)

OCSO Region RAFMA

Founded/Restored 1963

Origins

Founded by Mt. St. Bernard in 1963; semi-autonomous priory 11 February 1971; abbey 11 February 1976.

History

The monastery is located in the diocese of Bamenda, which was created when the diocese of Buea was divided.  It is located at an elevation of 1,300 m above sea level.

1960: a request for a foundation in Nigeria had been made in 1949.  It was only in 1960 that Mt. St. Bernard began to realize this project even though two Nigerian priests had come to the monastery in order to live monastic life.  Different circumstances prevented the foundation being made in Nigeria, but circumstances were more favourable in western Cameroon.

1963, 28 October: the first group of founders arrives.

1964, 7 May: a second group arrives.  Regular life begins immediately.

1964, 20 August: the first novices are received.

Father Immediate

Mt. St. Bernard

Past Superiors

Luke HARRIS — Superior — ?/ ?/1963 – 11/02/1971
Adrian FARMER — Titular Prior — 11/02/1971 – 11/02/1976
Adrian FARMER — Abbot — 11/02/1976 – 11/02/1982
Mark ULOGU — Abbot — 11/02/1982 – 18/07/1987
Adrian FARMER (2) — Abbot — 15/08/1987 – 27/04/1993
Ambrose SOUTHEY — Sup. ad nutum — 30/04/1993 – 13/04/1996
Jude Forcham Tah — Sup. ad nutum — 13/04/1996 -1998
Pius OKOYE — Sup. ad nutum 1998 — 01/08/1999
Charles AMIHERE Sup. ad nutum 01/08/1999 – 06/08/2001
Jude FORCHAM TAH Abbot 06/08/2001 – 06/08/2007

Work and Sources of Income

1) ranching;

2) poultry;

3) cement block production;

4) metal workshop (stoves, metal gates, etc.);

5) carpentry;

6) candles

Guest Facilities

A single building for guests and retreatants with 13 rooms, most with a single bed; maximum stays are normally five days.

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