Abbot Octavian Massingo, who is 40 years old, takes the chair as an abbot after Abbot Thadei Mhagama, OSB, who headed the community from 2004 to 2016. Abbot Octavian was elected in January 2016 and was blessed this July after finishing his Masters degree in administration at St. Augustine University in Mwanza, Tanzania. For the six months January to June the abbey was under the leadership of Prior Frater Jerome Mlelwa, OSB.
We congratulate Abbot Octavian Massiongo, OSB, for being elected an abbot and accepting the responsibility of being a leader!
Prior Jerome Mlelwa, OSB, welcoming guests and making introduction of the abbatial blessing ceremony.
Archbishop Damian Dallu praying over Abbot Octavian during the abbatial blessing mass
Abbot Octavian after his blessing.
Abbot Octavian with bishop Alfred Maluma of Njombe diocese.
Bishops and abbots congratulating abbot Octavian
Abbot Massingo getting some exhortation from his father
The parents of abbot Octavian Massingo
Congratulations from lay people
Abbot Octavian with bishops and abbots
Abbot Octavian receiving handshake of congratulations from different people
Abbot Octavian with the retired bishop Emmanuel Mapunda.
Government officials were present at the ceremony including Namtumbo District Commissioner Happiness Mamlima.
A mass choir comprised of monks, nuns and Hanga parishioners