In 1960 N.D. des Gardes sent the first group to Dahomey, who started monastic life 27 November; other groups came in the following months.
During the following years, the monastery was constructed and the community was organized.
1962, 14 July: the first stone was laid for the church by Mgr Gantin, archbishop of Cotonou, it had been blessed by Mgr Chopard on 6 May 1962.
During the course of the year, M. Maga, president of the Republic visited, accompanied by M. Senghor, president of the Republic of Senegal.
1964 on the vigil of the ascension, Fr. André of Bellefontaine died of snakebite. He had been there only 4 days.
1965 the general chapter authorized the request to be erected as an abbey.
1966 January 17, canonical erection as an abbey, and change of stability of the founders.
18 January, election of the first abbess.
25 January, consecration of the church.
Monique MASSON — Superior — 1961 – 18/01/1966
Monique MASSON — Abbess — 18/01/1966 – 24/06/1999
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