Missionary Benedictine Texts and Studies

The series was founded in 2008 for the research and documentation on the history of the Missionary Benedictines of St. Ottilien and Tutzing. It is directed by Joel Macul, O.S.B. (Newton/Schuyler) and Cyrill Schaefer, O.S.B. (St. Ottilien).

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Hertlein, Siegfried

Ndanda Abbey, Part I (ebook)

Beginning and Development up to 1932

Ndanda Abbey, Part I (ebook)

The cornerstone of Catholicism in southern Tanzania was laid by the Benedictine monks of Ndanda Abbey. This first volumn of the abbey’s history explains how the Missionary Benedictines came to establish the faith in southern Tanzania. Although threatened by wars and hindered time and again by human weaknesses, the small mission stations grew into widereaching territorial abbeys and centers of a lively Church in southern Tanzania. Their early struggles to establish the first Christian communities has blossomed into three dioceses: Mtwara, Lindi, and Tunduru-Masasi.  A bbot em. Siegfried Hertlein began his missionary carrier in Tanzania in 1962. From 1976 to 2001 he was the third abbot of the Missionary Benedictine Monastery of Ndanda. Since then he has been involved in monastic formation and research into the abbey’s history.

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Nyirenda, Alcuin

The Missionary Witness of Hanga Benedictine Community in Tanzania

Experiences and Prospects for Monastic Mission in Africa

The Missionary Witness of Hanga Benedictine Community in Tanzania

The community of African Benedictines of Hanga was founded in 1957 in the South-Eastern part of Tanzania. It is the first Benedictine community of Africa which draws its members exclusively from local vocations. From the very beginning the Hanga monks asked themselves which kind of mission is entrusted to them in Tanzania? Or more concrete: in which way their social, cultural and political situation enters into their monastic life? An important discovery was the fact that missionary vocation can’t be dissociated from monastic life. On the contrary: monasticism which is deeply rooted and “incarnated” in the local culture can immensely contribute in spreading the light of the Gospel.

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Gerster OSB, Chantal

Called for Service

Founding of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing in Kenya

Called for Service

In January 1980, the Missionary Benedictines of Tutzing started a new foundation at Nairobi, Kenya. Over the years, it experienced astonishing growth, not only outwardly but also in the internal establishing of the community, and regarding its engagement in the different missionary areas. Additional missionaries who joined us from Germany, the Philippines and South Korea, contributed to the internationality of the community. The many young women who joined in came from different African countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola and Nigeria. This historical glance back is a first attempt to describe the deeply rooted evolution of the Congregation of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing in Kenya.

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Staufer, Heribert C.Dering OSB, Cyprian

Album heraldicum Congregationis Ottiliensis

Armorial of the Missionary Benedictines of St Ottilien

Album heraldicum Congregationis Ottiliensis

Coat of arms are little artworks which communicate the identity of a monastery or the program of an abbot. This collection unites the coat of arms of the Missionary Benedictines of St Ottilien. It is a documentation of communal and personal history, but also of the convictions, devotions and hopes of a worldwide family and its missionary efforts to spread the Word of God.

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Handl, Matilda

Faith-Filled Foremothers

Missionary Benedictine Pioneer Sisters

Faith-Filled Foremothers

The common way of presenting history is to tell of achievements, expansion, foundations, and important events, also difficult situations, failures, and closures. This book is different. It tells history through the lives of 125 Missionary Benedictine Sisters—human and fallible, strong and weak, “called and seized by the love of Christ.” They have shaped 125 years of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters (1885–2010) by bearing fruits from roots of faithfulness.

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Doerr, Lambert

Abbot Bishop Gallus Steiger O.S.B. (1879-1966)

Abbot Bishop Gallus Steiger O.S.B. (1879-1966)

When Abbot Bishop Gallus Steiger died in 1966 this marked the end of an entire missionary epoch. The late Abbot Bishop had made an extraordinarily great contribution during the time of primary evangelisation, in particular in southern Tanzania. In this way he had effectively prepared the way for the establishment of local churches in the area first evangelised by him and his fellow Benedictine missionaries. His long life had on all accounts been a rich life and a good life in the service of God and of the Church.

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Dondorfer O.S.B. (ed.), Witgar

Our Destiny in Korea

German Benedictine Missionaries Tell Their Story 1941-1954

Our Destiny in Korea
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The return of 42 Missionary Benedictine monks and sisters to Germany who were missing for years in Communist North Korea became a media sensation in 1954. Their stories about the last years of the missionary Abbey of Tokwon, their dealings with Japanese, Russian and North Korean occupation forces and the time of imprisonment in the Communist labor camp of Oksadok provide a fascinating image of Christian courage in times of distress.

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