Kokoubou

Location

Official Name

84

Country Benin

City Parakou

Postcode B.P. 97

Contact Information

Community Email monastere.kokoubou@yahoo.fr

Superior Dom Marcellin Dhecadjevi 1965, Prieur 2014-2020.

Other Informations

Juridical Status Simple Priory

Diocese Simple Priory

OCSO Region RAFMA

Founded/Restored 1972

Origins

Founded by Bellefontaine in 1972; raised to the status of simple priory on 16 June 1985.

History

1972: the founders, many of whom were already at Dahomey making preparations, took possession of the property in October of 1972.  The foundation cross was blessed by the abbot of Bellefontaine on 28 October. The property is located 26 km west of Parakou, 36 km from the abbey of Etoile Notre-Dame.  It is located on the savannah, which had to be cleared, near a stream that never dries up.  This is the reason the place from which the monastery takes its name is Kokoubou, which means “always flowing.”

1985, 20 June: consecration of the church by Mgr. Assogba, bishop of Parakou.  Also present were Dom Ambrose Southey, abbot general, Mgr. Mununu and Dom Emmanuel Coutant.

Father Immediate

Bellefontaine

Past Superiors

Charles FAUCHER — Superior — 28/10/1972 – 16/06/1985
Charles FAUCHER — Titular Prior — 16/06/1985 – 01/12/2001

Work and Sources of Income

cultivation of local crops – igname, corn, soya, peanuts – the surplus production is sold; 200 laying hens; honey; jams; cottage cheese.

Guest Facilities

14 rooms

Transportation

Gare destinataire : Parakou.

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