Welcome to the Kristo Buase Monastery website.
We are Benedictine monks of the Subiaco-Cassinese Congregation, in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. The monastery was founded in 1989, at the request of the Catholic Bishop of Sunyani, as a joint foundation of three UK monasteries: Prinknash Abbey (Gloucester); Pluscarden Abbey (Scotland) and Ramsgate Abbey (Kent). The Ramsgate community has since relocated to Chilworth Abbey, in Surrey.
MONASTIC LIFE has been part of the Church from the very earliest centuries. It grew out of the community life of the first Christians in Jerusalem (cf. Acts 2:42; 4:32) but we look on the Desert Fathers of Egypt, living in the 3rd to 5th centuries, as the ‘founding fathers’ of a way of life which combined prayer, work and voluntary poverty with a strict discipline and solitude as a way of drawing closer to the Lord. It was, and is, seen as a radical acceptance of the challenge of Christ laid down for us in the Gospels (e.g. Mt 19) and of St Paul’s injunction that we should “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:17). The basic function of any monastery is to provide a climate of prayer, in which we can grow in our relationship with God.
Kristo Buase is home to a small community of ten Benedictine monks. In 2016 Kristo Buase was granted independence as a Priory sui juris on 6th August, electing its first Conventual Prior on 15th August.
Dom Bede Kierney OSB, the first Prior of the monastery.
The monastery is in a place of great beauty and historic interest which every year welcomes visitors from around the world.
Ordination of Fr Antony on September 10 2020
Click Image to view some photos from the ordination
This site has some additional pages which can be accessed from the side-bar on the right, or by clicking on the headings below:
A directory of all monasteries of the Subiaco-Cassinese Congregation in Africa with contact details.
Benedictine Oblates' Page
News of our extended monastic family and resources for monastic spirituality.
Friends of Kristo Buase
A news-page to inform our friends and benefactors of current events and projects.
Tourist Sites in Brong Ahafo Region
Places of interest within easy reach of Kristo Buase Monastery.
Carmelite Nuns, Tamale, Northern Ghana
The Tamale Carmelites' website, hosted here until they start a site of their own.
Back issues of our newsletter and material concerning the history of the Subiaco-Cassinese Congregation and the Anglican Benedictines in the Gold Coast, 1923-1931.