Foundation Bonne Nouvelle

Founded by the Abbaye de Pradines, the Monastère de La Bonne Nouvelle was set up in 1962 at Bouaké, in the middle of the Ivory Coast, 350 kilometres north of Abidjan.
The plan was to give the Ivory Coast a place for the contemplative life according to St Benedict’s Rule.
As early as 1960, according to the wishes of the Pope and the call of the Bishop of Bouaké, prospection began. Study trips, searches for support and advice, enabled the project to be realised little by little. The first African women, anxious to study their call to monastic life, began to arrive.
Sister Générosa, already a nun in an active order, realised her desire for the contemplative life by joining the monastery in 1965.
Life there was organised with the welcoming of sessions, of “trainees”, of oblates, of Christians who frequented the church and the premises built to receive them.
 The Benedictine monastery put down roots in African life and culture, putting all the environment’s resources to good use.

The community is growing and currently has 19 sisters. In September 2002, it obtained from Rome the autonomy it had requested and elected for the first time its Prioress.
The monastery is now an independent Priory.
But the political events of September 2002 were to make the life of the community difficult, forcing it into exile for several months at Yamoussoukro. The community came out of these months of trials strengthened, and the sisters were even more unified. However, economic life remains difficult for the community, despite the various workshops: production of hosts, making of liturgical vestments, hen house, beehives, production of aloe-based syrups, soap making, etc. A dispensary was also set up to treat the surrounding populations.
In this difficult material context, any help is welcome to support the sisters.

To make a donation to the Monastère de La Bonne Nouvelle:

If you want a tax receipt, please send your cheque directly to: 
LA FONDATION DES MONASTERES
83-85 rue Dutot 75015 Paris
Tel. 01 45 31 02 02

Payable to: FONDATION DES MONASTERES
Specifying on the back: 
Pour le Monastère de La Bonne Nouvelle, Bouaké – Moniales (For the Monastère de la Bonne Nouvelle, Bouaké – Cloistered nuns)

If you do not want a tax receipt, two possibilities:

Either by post office account transfer order: 
Payable to: Monastère de La Bonne Nouvelle
CCP 56 72 70 W Centre Lyon

or by bank cheque: 
Payable to: Monastère de La Bonne Nouvelle
To be sent to Soeur Econome
Abbaye de Pradines 42630 Pradines
With our deep gratitude