A New Monastery of Dominican Nuns in Africa

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The project is from the Monastery of Our Lady of Peace of Rweza, Burundi. The sisters want to start a new monastery in SOKLOGBO, in the Diocese of Dassa-Zoumé, Benin Republic, in the Dominican Vice-Province of St. Augustine of West Africa.

The team of the four founding sisters led by Sister Languida of the Good Shepherd Hakizimana, former prioress of Rweza, arrived in Benin on May 20, 2013. After spending a week with the brothers in Cotonou, the pioneers of the new foundation of Soklogbo joined their host diocese where they were welcomed.

The sisters currently live in a house that is at their disposal. The first phase of this mission is the deep knowledge of the environment, acclimatisation, exploring economic opportunities for the new monastery etc. The canonical procedure is also in progress, and the Master of the Order encourages collaboration with other Dominican monasteries in Africa.

En route to Bujumbura, during the canonical visitation of the Provincial Vicariate of Rwanda and Burundi, together with fr Vivian Boland, Vicar of the Master of the Order we visited the nuns in Rweza on Thursday June 13, 2013. This visit gave us the opportunity to have first-hand details of the new foundation and to inquire about the current situation of the monastery of Rweza after the departure of the four sisters.

Despite the many difficulties faced by the sisters: lack of electricity, lack of economic activities, insecurity, need for formation, the monastery is well. The sisters serve the mission of the Order with courage, joy and unwavering faith.

The Monastery of Our Lady of Peace was erected as an autonomous monastery on January 6, 1988. With the departure of four sisters for the foundation of Benin, the monastery of Rweza currently consists of 13 sisters. Vocations come from all over the country. The new prioress is Sister Claire Marie du Rosaire.

Fr. Gabriel Samba, op (Socius for Africa)
(6 July 2013)