ALTHOUGH it was a monastic center, the Abbey of Ndanda did not retract itself into a cloistered community. On the contrary, it remained responsible for quite a number of activities within the local church and even took up new responsibilities. A good number of the monks carried on as parish priests in the  former mission parishes in our traditional area of Mtwara and Lindi. In addition, since 1972 we have accepted new missionary work in other areas, for example, opening two parishes in the Tanga diocese; in 1976 a third one was added: Handeni among the Masai; in 1978 three of our fathers were sent to Mbulu where they took care of an undeveloped area, setting up four parishes and baptizing about 20,000 people; in 1995 a further mission was added: Kilimahewa in the Muslim belt south of Dar es Salaam.


At Ndanda itself an intensive renewal took place aiming at a more independent and permanent life for the abbey within the African Church. Basic for such a life was that the abbey open itself up for local vocations. Formerly we had all possible candidates referred to Hanga Monastery hoping that sometime in the future Hanga monks would come back, take over from us and carry on our work. When we were officially informed that this was wishful thinking, we started our own recruitment. Since 1985 Ndanda has had a continuous inflow of candidates, though we set a rather high level for acceptance: Form VI secondary school or full vocational training. To date the community has 71 members of which, roughly speaking, half are overseas missionaries while the rest are Tanzanians. The community has two dependent  houses in Kurasini, Dar es Salaam and in Sakharani, in the diocese of Tanga.

ABOUT 150 km from the port of Tanga is Sakharani Farm in the Usambara Mountains. In 1946, the community in Ndanda bought a reasonably large portion of land in this area from an Englishman. This land was to be used for agricultural purposes. Its altitude of 1300m makes Sakharani suitable for growing different kinds of plants, namely: quinine trees, macadamia nuts, coffee, bananas and grapes. All these activities provide employment for many people. The community consists of about five confreres who, apart from farm work, engage themselves in pastoral work in the parishes of Sakharani, Soni and the surrounding outstations. Other activities include a small auto workshop, carpentry and gardening. Sakharani is also used as a rest house for many visitors as well as a meeting point for the young people who show an interest in joining the community in Ndanda. For more about Sakharani click here.


Benedictine Community, Sakharani *  P.O. Box 40, Soni

Lushoto Tanzania

Email: benedictine.fathers.sakarani@gmail.com

ST. MAURUS' Procure in Dar es Salaam (popularly called 'Kurasini A' as opposed to St. Placidus' Kurasini B) is one of the earliest properties of the Benedictines in East Africa. Kurasini became the first seat of the apostolic prefect of the then Prefecture of South Zanzibar. The seat was later moved to the main town. In 1978, the government decided to rehabilitate and enlarge the harbor of Dar es Salaam and the property on which the procure was located was affected. The procure had to be relocated at least 1 km inland. Today, Kurasini serves as a procure for clearing and forwarding goods for missionary work. Two confreres live and work in Kurasini. Apart from procure activities, they involve themselves in the care of guests who always pass via Kurasini. They also help pastorally in the nearby parishes and convents.


Benedictine Fathers Kurasini * Kilwa Road, Bendera Tatu* 

P.O. Box 274 * Dar es Salaam

Tel: +255 22 211 3449 - Procurator

Email: bfkur.dsm@dar.bol.co.tz