Official Name Abbey O.L. of Praise


Country Uganda

City Masaka

Address P.O. Box 660 - Butende

Contact Information

Telephone [256] 0481432099

Community Email [email protected]

Superior Mother Jane Mary Cherotich, Abbess 2021-2027

Other Information

Juridical Status Abbey

Diocese Dioecesis Masakuensis (Masaka)


Founded/Restored 1964


Founded by Berkel. Erected as an abbey August 1971.


In 1964, 13 nuns were sent by Berkel to begin the foundation of Butende, and because the name Butende means “praise” the new monastery took the name Our Lady of Praise. The founders lodged at first at the parish house, then in 1966 moved into the monastery which had taken much effort to construct and began to organize a way to earn their living: a farm and cultivation of crops. They also had a small dispensary for emergency care, since the nearest hospital was 16 km away.
Vocations came, and the Sacred Congregation for Religious authorized canonical erection as an abbey by bull July 10, 1971.

Father Immediate


Past Superiors

Ida WITKAM, Superior (1964 – 1969)
Nicolette DE GROOT, Superior (1969 – 1971), Abbess ( 26/08/1971 – 1995)
Kisito NAKIYINGI, Abbess (26/08/1995 – 26/08/2001)
Agatha NYIRAMUGISHA BAZIAKA Sup.ad nutum (11/12/2001 — 21/05/2003)
Scholastica MUSIIMENTA, Sup. ad nutum (21/05/2003 — 16/08/2004)
Thérèse KIPLAGAT CHEPTOO, Abbess (16/08/2004 — 31/08/2008)
Augustine KANYESIGY, Abbess (2015-2021)

Work and Sources of Income

Farm with 40 milk cows. Piggery of 15 sows and boars, Banana plantation, Sewing e.g. cassocks and clerical shirts, a new piece of land for our food supply, Aloe Vera cream.

Guest Facilities

30 rooms, annex 4 rooms + a small living room.


  • Kasanza

    Dem. Rep. Congo

  • Cabanoule


  • Fille-Dieu