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Ordination of Fr Lambert Bakourebe
Fr Ambrose, Br Basilio, Br John of the Cross and Br Cyprian travelled to Tamale for the ordination to the priesthood of Fr Lambert Bakourebe. Fr Lambert was one of our former students and spent some years with the Olivetans Benedictines at Bologna after completing his studies. He has now been ordained for the Tamale Archdiocese in northern Ghana. Fr Lambert (left) is shown here with Archbishop Philip and Don Luigi, OSB-Oliv., who came from Rome to attend the ordination.
Visit of Bede Kilgallon
In August, Bede Kilgallon, former superior of the monastery and one of the founders of Kristo Buase, paid us a visit as part of the Silver Jubilee celebrations. He is pictured here with Br Trevor Robinson, M.Afr, at the Missionaries of Africa Provincial House in Tamale.
We first met Affiah Baah about ten years ago when she was brought to the monastery on her grandmother's back. Affiah was born with club feet and was unable to walk. Now, through the help of benefactors in the UK, she has received corrective surgery and is pursuing her studies at the Immaculate Heart of Mary School near Kumasi.
Solemn Profession of Br Martin Osei
On 1st November 2015, Br Martin Osei made life-long monastic vows at Kristo Buase Monastery. He had spent the previous two years at our monasteries in Great Britain and several monks came out to support him; Br Finbar Boyle from Pluscarden:
and here Fr Dunstan of Chilworth, Monica Cowell and Abbot Francis of Prinknash, who received his vows:
The day before the profession, Abbot Francis clothed Max-Romeo Osei of Kumasi as a novice, giving him the name Br Louis. He is named after the great Catholic orientalist and disciple of Bl Charles de Foucauld, Louis Massignon, whose anniversary fell on that day. Br Louis (left) is shown here with Br John Owusu.
Br Louis is training to be the monastery-tailor and Sally Mercer, who met him as an aspirant when she visited Kristo Buase in 2014, has donated a very fine electric sewing-machine to help him in his work.
2016 Kristo Buase Calendar
Fr Giles Conacher of Pluscarden spent six weeks at Kristo Buase this year while Fr Ambrose was on home leave in Scotland, enjoying his first snow in several years.
Fr Giles produced this calendar for our friends and benefactors. You will find Fr Giles himself on the December sheet.
Teams of Our Lady, Ghana
While at Prinknash Abbey, Fr Ambrose attended a meeting of "Teams of Our Lady", in preparation for an exploratory visit to establish a Teams group in Techiman Diocese. This is a lay movement composed of married couples who meet regularly to strengthen their practical living of the faith and to share the difficulties they face. Pictured are (left to right), Adrian and Karen Jones, Fr Martin McLaughlin, OSB (Chaplain); Fr Ambrose (in black); Robert and Mary Jones; Helena and Paul McClosky. Missing from the photo are Maddie and Lindsay Read.
Mary and Robert Jones will be travelling to Ghana in April 2016 to discuss the project with our bishop and, hopefully, to set up a Ghana Team. If any Ghanaian couples would like to be part of this, please contact us in advance. More details on the Teams movement will be found on their website: http://www.equipes-notre-dame.com/en
The Silver Jubilee Building Fund
The Building Fund for a new Church and Guesthouse now stands at a little over 30,000 British Pounds. We will need to make a decision soon as to whether to keep appealing through difficult economic times (Ghana is in a state of financial crisis, awaiting an IMF bailout) our scale down our plans. One possibility is to build a small chapel which could later be converted to a Chapter House when funds are available for a more ambitious Church. The growth of the community is making some form of enlargement urgent.
We have started moulding blocks for the foundations of the church.
How can I become a Friend of Kristo Buase?
In 1989, just before arriving in Ghana, Fr Martin Symons announced in the monastery's newsletter the launch of a new informal association - the "Friends of Kristo Buase Monastery". There is no annual subscription and no application form, our Friends are simply those who have helped us with their prayers, donations and practical help.
We offer the Sunday Conventual Mass for the intentions of our Friends and Benefactors and there is a daily commemoration at Morning Prayer,
Let us remember all our Benefactors and Friends, especially today:
For them, and for all their needs, let us pray to the Lord. R/. Amen.
And there is a daily commemoration of all the deceased at the end of Evening Prayer:
Let us remember ...
May their souls, and the souls of all our departed brethren, relations, benefactors and friends, through the mercy of God rest in peace. R/. Amen
Please help us to keep these lists up to date if names are missing.
If you are a UK tax payer, we can gain an additional 25p in the pound on your gift as recovered tax from the Inland Revenue if you fill out a Gift Aid form. This form continues in force for all future donations to the Ghana Sunyani Monastery Trust unless you cancel it. This year (2014) we received more than GBP 8,000 from the Inland Revenue as refunded tax through the Gift Aid scheme.
Please return the completed form to; The Bursar, Prinknash Abbey, Cranham, GLOUCESTER, GL4 8EX.