Mount Carmel Monastery, P.O. Box 23, Zing 661001, Taraba State, Nigeria

In 1981 Bishop Patrick Sheehan, OSA, Bishop of Yola, invited the Carmelite nuns at New Ross to establish a monastery in his diocese. While they could not take up the invitation at once he assured them that it remained open and he repeated the invitation on his every visit to New Ross. In 1993 three sisters went to Yola to explore the possibilities of setting up a Carmel there. After a three week visit they returned convinced that the time had come for a foundation. Fr Camilo Maccise, then Superior General, encouraged them.

The Sisters sent a letter to the Carmels of Ireland and Great Britain asking for volunteers. The response was generous with the Carmels of Darlington, Dumbarton, Loughrea and Malahide agreeing to let sisters join the new monastery. They set out for Yola in two groups in 1995. They spent some months with the Mercy Sisters while their monastery was under construction. The moved into the new monastery on Easter Tuesday, April 18, 1995. The diocese of Yola had recently been divided and Zing was now in the new diocese of Jalingo. The bishop of Jalingo, Dr Ignatius Aya Kaigawa gave them a warm welcome.

There was immediate interest by Nigerian girls in the Carmelite way of life. The first entrant, Sr Regina, made her Final Profession on February 11, 2003. Since then several other Nigerian sisters have been professed and a number of others have spent time with the community discerning their vocation.

The community makes altar breads and vestments. The local people support the sisters as best they can but the widespread poverty limits what they can so. The sisters have begun to develop a small farm to supplement their income and try to make the monastery financially viable.

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