Life at the Monastery.

Welcome to St. Catherine’s Monastery!

Our Monastery is the suitable place to spend your holidays in serenity, peace and tranquillity, while being immersed in Tanzania’s nature. 2 Km far from Ngorongoro National Park and close to other National Parks, including Lake Manyara and Serengeti, we are the ideal starting point for your safari.

Location

The Benedictine Camaldolesian Mtakatifu Katerina Monastery  (St. Catherine) is located in enchanting Northern Tanzania, a few hours away from Kilimanjaro International Airport and within easy reach of many national parks, including the famous Ngorongoro  Crater, whose entry is only 2 km. away from the Monastery.

 

History

The St. Catherine Monastery is managed by a group of Tanzanian Benedictine Nuns who are Members of Camaldolesian Order.

The history of the monastery begins in July 2002 with three nuns who came from the Monasteri Mama wa Kanisa, which belongs to the Iringa Diocese and is located in Tanzania’s Southern Highlands. The fortitude and sacrifice of these three nuns was determining and made possible the realizations of their vision of building, within a few years, this religious complex, an oasis of Christian Spirituality , where Benedictine precept ” ora et labora ” is experienced every day in sympathy and harmony in nature.

The construction of the building, which included a cloister, a cloister, guest-quarters and a dining-hall for receiving guests, was completed in 2006, thanks to the help and contributions from the local diocese of Mbulu, the Mother Superior of St. Anthony in Rome, and Italian Architects and benefactors .

It will be interesting to observe how easy and tiring is the work of Nuns and their collaborators in the garden, in the back-garden, in the stalls and in the fields where corn, wheat, coffee, banana and fruit-trees are grown.  

The St. Catherine Monastery is inserted in the local reality, and is engaged in contributing solutions to the local people, who may seek the nuns for aid. An example of this has been the provision of services previously unavailable in the village: a grinding mill, where people can bring their maize to be grinded; a local dining hall with a Television, where people gather to have chai (tea), socialize and watch the news; and a local shop where people can buy a diversity of items. .

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