Kasanza

Location

Official Name Monastère N.-D. de l'Emmanuel

74

Country Dem. Rep. Congo

City Kinshasa

Address Kasanza via Kikwit

Postcode B.P. 7254

Contact Information

Community Email trappisteskasza@yahoo.fr

Superior Dom Franco Ndulama, Supérieur ad nutum 2006, Prieur 2009-2015 ; Supérieur ad nutum 2015.

Other Informations

Juridical Status Major Priory

Diocese Dioecesis Kikuitensis (Kikwit)

OCSO Region RAFMA

Founded/Restored 1958

Origins

Founded by Achel in 1958. It was raised to the status of simple priory in 1984.

History

The funds needed to make the foundation were provided by Mrs. Pauls, mother of a Jesuit missionary in Kikwit who died at the mission.
1957: The abbot went to the site, preceded by 2 monks, to choose the location for the monastery. The General Chapter of 1957 gave its approval.
1958: The founders left Achel on 6 January under the leadership of Fr. Lambert. Monastic life began on 2 February. There were six founders, including 4 choir monks and 2 laybrothers.
1964: During the revolutionary troubles, the community was forced to evacuate Kasanza and take refuge in Leopoldville, then in Kikombo in 1965.
1966: On 14 Sept. the community returned to Kasanza, but found the monastery pillaged and partly destroyed.
1984: The community changed its name to O. L. of Emmanuel.

Father Immediate

Achel / Délégué du Père Immédiat : Westmalle

Past Superiors

Lambert VANDERMEULEN — Superior — 02/02/1957 – ?/ ?/1963
Alberic VANORMELINGEN — Superior — ?/ ?/1963 – ?/12/1972
Edouard MUNUNU KASIALA — Superior — ?/12/1972 – 14/04/1984
Edouard MUNUNU KASIALA — Titular Prior — 14/04/1984 – 05/01/1985
Albéric VANORMELINGEN (2) — Titular Prior — 01/04/1985 – 11/07/1993
Aelred van den BOSCH — Sup. ad nutum — 06/10/1993
Aelred van den BOSCH — Titular Prior — 1997 – 15/08/2000
Jean-Baptiste PASHI-TUNDANDO — Titular Prior — 31/08/2000 — 31/08/2006

Work and Sources of Income

Livestock, dispensary, garage, nutrition centre, chickens (500), mill, carpentry shop, garden.

Guest Facilities

15 individuals + groups of 40 – 50

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