Monday, November 26, 2018

Hanga Health Center Building Female Ward

At Hanga Health Center things never get quiet. There is always something new happening. Indeed Frater Lucius, the head of the Health Center, is always busy overseeing every thing needed for the place to operate and serve well the patients.

This year has been busy with constructions. In March the construction of a kitchen was finished. That project did not make Frater Lucius rest. In May he had to begin a construction of a ward for women to hold forty five beds. So far the building is standing awaiting roofing after which interior work of plastering, plumbing, electric installation will follow. We thank benefactors from USA for funding the project.
The new women's ward awaiting roofing
Also to be grateful of at the Health Center is the funding to reinstall solar power which solar batteries had run down. Pharmacists Without Boarders from Germany has made this possible. We thank them wholeheartedly.
                               Electricians installing new solar batteries at the Health Center

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Frater Bonifas and Frater Albert Deliver Eye Glasses to Villagers

At Hanga Abbey our confreres Frater Buza, Frater Bonifas and Frater Albert are known to be our plumbers taking care of our home water systems and helping establish or repair water systems to villages here in Ruvuma region, southern Tanzania.

However, recently, Frater Bonifas and Frater Albert learn an extra trade to serve people with vision problem and providing them with looking glasses. It began with Mr. Ken Wood from New Jersey, USA, who drills water wells in Tanzania with the two Brothers. Ken learned the problem of the people with vision and decided to organize people in his home USA to donate spectacles. Mr. Ken comes twice of once a year to drill wells somewhere in Tanzania, including Songea area, and when he comes he brings his daughter Christine, an optometrist. Christine brings with her simple eye problem diagnostic tool and distributes glasses. When she discovers other problems such as eye cataracts she refers them to the local doctors in Songea for surgeries or other treatment. All costs are covered by Mr. Ken and his friends from the US.

So this year, in May, 2018, Christine trained Frater Bonifas and Frater Albert of Hanga Abbey a simple diagnostic procedure to check peoples' vision and provide them with correcting eye glasses. One of their audiences has been Hanga monks and students. Indeed we thank Mr. Ken Wood and his daughter Christine for their grand idea to help people with vision problem.

In the photos, Frater Abert is helping patients diagnose their vision condition

Frater Martin and frater Germanus are some of the beneficiaries of the procedure

Someone enjoying reading after receiving reading glassess

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Benedictines Union of Tanzania Members Meet at Hanga Abbey

The Benectine Union of Tanzania is a communion of superiors of Benedictine communities of men and women in Tanzania. They meet annually to share and discuss some topics and issues experienced in their communities. This year the meeting was hosted by Hanga Abbey. It was held from November 6th to November 10th. At the meeting the representatives were from abbeys of Peramiho, Ndanda, Hanga, and Mvimwa; and from convents of Tutzing Missionaries of Peramiho and Ndanda, Sisters of Ndolo in Ndanda, and Sisters of Camaldolese of Mafinga.

Currently the head of the Union is Sister Caritas Swai, OSB, the superior of Ndolo Sisters in Ndanda. The secretary is Fr. Damas Komba, OSB, of Peramiho abbey.

At the abbey members were hosted at St. Pirmin's Guest House for meetings and sleeping rooms. At some point during their stay and meetings members had the opportunity of visit
workshops of the abbey as well as schools and other institutions.

Members of the Benedictines Union of Tanzania at sessions

Below: visiting Hanga Seminary

Below: at Nakagugu Formation House

Friday, October 27, 2017

St. Benedict Graduation, October 2017

The 14th of October, 2017, it was another memorable day of the year for St. Benedict Scondary Schoool at Hanga. The school has two campuses: for girls at Hanga village center and for boys three kilometets west of Hanga village. Students, teachers, relatives and friends gathered for the 20 graduation at the School ground at Hanga. The guest of honor was Mr. John Msweke, the headmaster of a nearby Secondary School of Boys in Songean municipality. A total of 148 students were graduating; 98 were girls and 51 were boys.

As customary, the day began with Holy Mass at the abbey church followed by celebration with dances, dramas, poems, songs and speeches from different speakers at the school grounds, and not to forget a decent meal and drinks.

Congratulations to the graduating students for their achievements and thanks to their teachers for their dedication to educate the young.

Above; Fr. Mugaga, the headmaster, with the students in front of the abbey church

Monday, September 4, 2017

Installation of the New Abbtot at Mvimwa Abbey

The monks of Mvimwa  abbey (a foundation of Hanga abbey) in Sumbawanga, southwest Tanzania, elected their new abbot, abbot Pambo Mkorwe, OSB, late May this year 2017. He was installed on the 26 of August, 2017. Abbot Pambo is the third abbot of the abbey. He succeeds abbot Dennis Ndomba, OSB. The first abbof of the community was the late abbot Basil Ngaponda, OSB.

Abbot Pambo made his solemn profession on 11 July 1998, and was ordained on 10 July, 2005. At the time of election he was in Germany serving as the secretary to the archabbot of St. Ottilien Congregation after his degree in Canon Law.

Present at the installation of abbot Pambo were five bishops from dioceses of Mbeya, Njombe, Tabora, Singida, and Sumbawanga. The bishop of Sumbawanga was the bishop presiding at mass and did the installation blessing. Four abbots were also present: abbot Octavian Massingo,OSB, of Hanga Abbey, abbot Thadei Mhagama, OSB, (retired abbot of Hanga abbey), abbot Placidus Mtunguja, OSB,  of Ndanda abbey, and abbot Romain Bota, OSB, from Agbang, Togo.

Congratulations to Abbot Pambo and we pray for the Holy Spirit to guide him in his leadership role.

Abbot Pambo in the middle holding a crozier.

Abbot Pambo with Anne Makinda, former member of the parliament, in Tanzania.

From left: abbot of Octavian of Hanga abbey, abbot Placidus of Ndanda abbey, abbot Pambo, abbot Romain of Agbang, Togo, and retired abbot of Hanga abbey - abbot Thadei.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Celebrating Jubilees and Monastic Professions, 2017

July 11th, 2017 it was a memorable day for the monks of Hanga Abbey. Some of their members celebrated jubilees and some made their monastic professions. Frater Alfons Kibiki, OSB, celebrated his 50 jubilee of monastic profession. Fr. Ludovick Kapinga, OSB, celebrated his 25 anniversary in his priesthood. In the 25th monastic life anniversary celebration were Fraters Patrick Mwinuka, OSB, Melkior Logo and Eusebius Msomi, OSB. Four novices made their first monastic professions.

The archibishop of Songea, Rev. Damian Dallu, presided at the mass and abbot Octavian Massingo, OSB, conducted the ritual for renewal of vows of the jubilarians and received the four novices into monastic professions.

Better yet, a day before, eight young men were received in the postulancy. These eight men will begin monastic training as novices in a year. And five former postulants were admitted to the stage of canonical year of monastic training.

Thanks be to God for the blessing with vocations at the abbey.

Frate Alfons Kibiki, OSB, holding his jubilee wooden staff.

The Jubilarians: from left, Fr. Ludovick Kapainga, OSB, Frater Robert Nziku, OSB (of Mvimwa - 25 monastic nniversary), Frater Eusebius Msomi, OSB, Frater Melkior Logo, OSB, Frater Patrick Mwinuka, OSB, and Frater Alfons Kibiki, OSB.

The five newly professed monks

The eight postulants

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Frater William, OSB, Graduates as a Teacher

Our confrere Frater William, OSB, graduated this year 2017 in June with diploma in education as a teacher. He graduated at a Benedictine college in Sumbawanga, south west of Tanzania. The college is run by monks of Mvimwa abbey, a foundation of Hanga abbey.

An honorary dinner was held at the abbey for Frater William to congratulate him for his achievement. Indeed his career is in great need at the abbey since we have five schools all in need of teachers. The schools are Hanga Religious Seminary, St. Benedict Secondary School (with two separate campuses for girls and boys), Hanga Trade School and St. Laurent Pre & Primary School.

We wish Frater William success in his teaching career.

Below some pictures of Frater William