The Zambian Catholic Church has celebrated the opening of the first ever Dominican Nuns monastery.
The Dominican Nuns’ Monastery called Divine Mercy Monastery was consecrated and opened by Bishop of Kabwe Rt. Rev. Clement Mulenga, SDB at a Mass co-celebrated by the Bishop of Bethlehem of South Africa Right Rev. Jan de Groef, M. Afr. On 28th August 2017 in Kabwe Diocese near St. Augustine major seminary.
The occasion brought together many Priests, Sisters and the lay faithful from Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.
Founded by St. Dominic de Guzmán like the Dominican Missionary Sisters that have been in Zambia since the 1920s, the Dominican Nuns, however, live in enclosure.
This means Dominican nuns’ whole life is devoted to prayer or to what in Catholic terms is commonly known as Contemplative life.“The Diocese will now flourish.” Bishop Mulenga said in his homily. He further appealed to Zambian girls and ladies to join the Dominican Nuns and work for the salvation of Souls. Beside prayer these Catholic Nuns also do many other apostolate especially making Liturgical Vestments and Sacramentals.
Divine Mercy Monastery currently has 7 Nuns who came from the mother Monastery in Kenya and South Africa.
The Dominican Nuns become a third group of contemplative life after the Poor Clares found in Lusaka Archdiocese and now Ndola Diocese besides the Benedictine Nuns in Chipata Diocese.
By Sydney Mwamainda