OUR LADY OF BAMENDA ABBEY is a Cistercian monastery founded in 1964 at Mbengwi, near the town of Bamenda in the North West Province of Cameroon, West Africa. Like the many other monasteries of our Order worldwide, we aim at living the purely contemplative ideal of the Rule as interpreted by the Founders of Citeaux and continually brought up-to-date by subsequent General Chapters of the Order. This monastic ideal is described in No. 7 of the decree of the Second Vatican Council on the Renewal of the Religious life as "a Community totally dedicated to contemplation". This implies that we do not engage in missionary or parish work though we run a Guest House where people can come for spiritual retreats or periods of recollection and obtain advice about the Christian prayer-life.
Please explore our website to learn something of our lives as monks in Africa.
In August 2014, we uploaded a newset of photographs of the monastery. You can see them HERE
Fr Brendan Nivard McGlynn R.I.P.
It is with great sadness that we record the death of Fr Brendan (Nivard) McGlynn who died on 21st February 2017 at Nunraw Abbey, Scotland. Father Nivard was a much-loved founding-father of our monastery at Bamenda.
We offer our condolences to his brother, Dom Donald McGlynn OCSO, and his four surviving sisters, Sisters Noreen, Mary, Josephine and Christina.
Telephone  7769 20 40
Telephone 2  762 945 179 (satellite)
Superior: Dom Timothy Kelly, Procurator General and Pontifical Commissary of Bamenda 2013.