Indeed the celebration of the feast of St. Benedict in July was a memorable event for the monks of Hanga Abbey. There was a big number of young men beginning their monastic formation and a large group of jubilarians among those in vows. On July 9th nine young men were admitted to the stage of postulancy, a largest group since 27 years ago when there were 20 postulants! This 20 postulant group is, ironically, the group that this year was making their 25th anniversary. They were 9 nine making their jubilee celebration. Better still three members made their solemn profession; two made their first profession, and two other renewed their vows. Also eight men were invested in novitiate.
Below are the nine postulants
Topping on all these was a 50 year jubilarian Frater Gido Hyera, OSB, a famous carpenter at the abbey. Thanks be to God for the prayers answered!!
Above: Frater Rafael Mwanyika, OSB, left, and Frater Gonzanga Gonza Haule, made their first monastic professions.
Below: standing are: Fraters Stanislaus, Amadeus, and Jacob who made their solemn profession.
Nine monks celebrated their 25th anniversary of monastic life. They were accompanied by abbot Denis Ndomba, OSB, of Mvimwa with whom they made formation and profession at Hanga but then he moved to Mvimwa abbey some years later after his profession.
From left: Frater Gido Hyera, OSB, (50 years a a monk), Frt. Cyprian Mgogo, OSB, (living in Katibunga, Zambia) and Frt. Christopha Hunja, a laboratory technician at abbey health center.
Fraters Fraternus (L) and Boniface renewed their monastic vows.