"When, therefore, a guest is announced, let him be met by the Superior and the brethren with every mark of charity."

— Regula Benedicti 

Welcome to Ndanda Abbey!

WE are a community of men religious living according to the rule of St. Benedict aiming to follow Christ in loving each other, preaching the Gospel and serving the people around us.  We hope that this website will contribute more on what you already know about monks and Benedictines. St. Benedict (480-547), puts down three basic activities for such a monastic community: Prayer (Ora) and Work (Labora) and Study (Studia).  That is why Benedictines are known for their motto "Ora et Labora" - Prayer and Work. 

Ndanda is an independent community.  However, it is a part of larger international missionary community known as "Missionary Congregation of St. Ottilien." St. Ottilien itself is an Archabbey in southern Germany, founded in 1884.  Nowadays the Congregation of St. Ottilien has monasteries in 15 different countries.

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THE history of the Abbey of Ndanda is closely linked with the development of the Apostolic Vicariate of South Zanzibar, which was entrusted to the Missionary Benedictines of St. Ottilien in 1887. Among early missionary pioneers include Fr. (later bishop) Cassian Spiess (pictured) who was later murdered during the Maji Maji Uprising in Mikikuyumbu, Lindi Diocese.

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THOUGH a monastic community, the Abbey  has never and will not limit itself to purely monastic activitis behind walls. On the contrary, it remained responsible for quite a number of activities within the local church and even took up new  and challenging responsibilities. Today, supporting the local church around us is one of the most important tasks.

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BENEDICTINE Spirituality is centered on two pillars: Ora et Labora, Latin for "prayer and work." Our entire life community in Ndanda is punctuated by these two pillars. Through our monastick chants we not only join with the creation to praise the creator, but we also we strengthen our faith in the Lord of the universe.

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YOUNG and healthy young men who feel called to live a monastic, religious, missionary life in a community are welcome to join us. It is an exciting journey for the interested ones. The early years give a candidate an opportunity to know the community as well as  to to test himself if at all he is called to this way of life.

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