St. Michael Primary School Mtwara
Ndanda Priory in Tanzania is our second oldest
priory. Founded in 1908, it developed like Peramiho with hospitals,
kindergarten, elementary and high schools, nursing schools, home economic
schools, as well as workshops of all kinds.
The large Mwena leper colony was famous through the years-long work
of Sr. Lia Schwarzmueller.
When it was no longer needed due to progress in the treatment of leprosy,
it was changed to a High School. There was also built a new Kindergarten.
The AQUINAS SECONDARY SCHOOL in Mtwara could be constructed and blessed
in 2008 with the help from a TV-program 'Ein Herz fur Kinder' in Germany.
There is a happy development of native vocations. From a mainly German
Priory it changes progressively through an international community to
become predominantly Tanzanian.
In a region that is predominantly Islamic but socially and pastorally
open, missionary service is still sought and appreciated. The priory
regards a deepening of the faith among the Christians as of central
importance in their work. Right from the start the formation of the
young African women, the care for women and the entire health care service
had been entrusted to the sisters. These same tasks are being seen anew
in the light of dialogue, a communion of cultures and cooperation in
The first community in Tanganyika outside Dar es Salaam was Lukuledi,
not far from Ndanda. Due to lack of clean water it had soon to be given
up. Instead Nyangao was founded and is presently the oldest house of
our congregation. When that was destroyed during the Maji Maji war the
Missionary Benedictines were looking for a new location with sufficient
clean water. Ndanda, a place at the foot of the Makonde plateau with
many fountains nearby, was founded as a mission station in 1906 by St.
Ottilien. The monks were joined by six sisters in 1908. Being a dependent
house of the Peramiho Priory first, Ndanda became a priory in 1935.
Even after the Maji-Maji rebellion, the mission was not spared sufferings
and deprivations. Realizing that our service will always be imperfect
we place our hope in the Lord, who will complete what he has begun.
In faith we look forward to the coming of his kingdom in glory.