Mariannhill Monastery

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Mariannhill Monastery gets a new Superior

Posted by Mariannhill Monastery May - 29 - 2012 Comments Off on Mariannhill Monastery gets a new Superior

Father Leonard Mncwabe CMM

Father Leonard Mncwabe CMM has made history by becoming the youngest Superior of the Mariannhill Monastery.

Fr. Mncwabe’s appointment was announced in January this year following Fr. Gideon Sibanda’s end of term. Fr. Gideon served as Superior of the Monastery for the past three years. His appointment has been warmly welcomed by the Monastery community.

Before taking up his new position, Fr. Mncwabe, 36, was actively involved in pastoral work as parish priest of Gamalake in the Diocese of uMzimkhulu. He was also working as Vicar General in the same diocese where he played a huge role in helping build as well as uniting the clergy of the diocese.

“I feel honoured for being given this mammoth task to lead the monastery community,” he said, adding that he hopes to fulfill his task as stipulated in the Directory of the Congregation which prioritizes care for the community.

“I want to take care of the community as well as improving the community spirit amongst members,” he said.

The softly spoken new superior, has promised to initiate a number of sustainable projects for his community. He said it is necessary that a meaningful relationship between some structures of the Congregation and the friends of Mariannhill is established to ensure that such projects become a success.

“While we are active in different sustainable projects and activities, at the same time we will take care that we preserve the spirit of prayer and solitude,” he said.

He said while the thought of being the youngest superior ever to lead the Mariannhill Monastery has crossed his mind, it never worried him since he had been involved in leadership role at the young age as a priest. According to Fr. Mcwabe, soon after his ordination he was assigned to work as a parish priest of Margate/Gamalake in Port Shepstone shortly before he could be appointed the Vicar General of uMzimkhulu Diocese.

The newly appointed superior of the Monastery, also acknowledged the role played by his predecessor, Fr. Sibanda for his initiatives towards the development of the Mariannhill Complex. Fr. Mncwabe promised to build on the foundation laid by his antecedent.

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