Bela Vista

Location

Official Name Mosteiro Cisterciense

77

Country Angola

City Benguela

Address C.P.n. 323

Contact Information

Community Email trapabenguela@hotmail.com

Superior Dom Bernardo Bonowitz, Apostolic Administrator

Other Informations

Juridical Status Simple Priory

Diocese Archidioecesis Huambensis (Huambo)

OCSO Region RAFMA

Founded/Restored 1958

Origins

Founded by San Isidro in 1958; semi-autonomous priory in 1971

History

1958: 2 religious arrive in July.
1959: another group arrives in January.
1971: the monastery is raised to the status of semi-autonomous house. The monastery is located 5 km. from Bela Vista, a large Catholic mission in the diocese of Nova Lisboa, 15 km. from the railway linking the former Belgian Congo to the sea by way of Angola. The soil is fertile and allows for the cultivation of many different crops. The climate is temperate because of the elevation.

Father Immediate

San Isidro

Past Superiors

Roberto FERNANDEZ MANZANAL — Superior — ?/ ?/1958 – ?/12/1965
Gerardo LOPEZ RODRIGUEZ — Superior — 02/12/1965 – 14/02/1971
Alberto GOMAS de las BARCENAS — Titular Prior — 14/02/1971 – 05/12/1982
Alberto GOMAS de las BARCENAS — Provisional Superior — 05/12/1982 – 10/09/1983
Ignacio ARNÁIZ — Sup. ad nutum — 10/09/1983 – ?/ ?/1986
Luis TARRACO PLANAS — Sup. ad nutum — ?/ ?/1987 – 20/04/1989
Roberto (Benjamín) FERNANDEZ — Titular Prior — 20/04/1989 – 18/04/1995
Francisco KAYENGENGA — Titular Prior — 18/04/1995 -18/04/2001
Barnabé Sawongo – Titular Prior — 01/06/2001-05/08/2007
Barnabé Sawongo — Sup. ad nutum 05/08/2007 – 02/2010

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