L'Étoile Notre-Dame


Nom Officiel Monastère l'Étoile Notre-Dame


Pays Benin

Ville Parakou

Adresse 02 B.P. 294


Téléphone [229] 95 28 91 41

Email Communauté [email protected]

Supérieur(e) Mère Elisabeth Marie Samati, Abbesse 2021-2027

Autres Informations

Statut Juridique Abbey

Diocèse Dioecesis Parakuensis (Parakou)


Fondée/Restaurée 1960


Foundation of Les Gardes


In 1960 N.D. des Gardes sent the first group to Dahomey, who started monastic life 27 November; other groups came in the following months.
During the following years, the monastery was constructed and the community was organized.
1962, 14 July: the first stone was laid for the church by Mgr Gantin, archbishop of Cotonou, it had been blessed by Mgr Chopard on 6 May 1962.
During the course of the year, M. Maga, president of the Republic visited, accompanied by M. Senghor, president of the Republic of Senegal.
1964 on the vigil of the ascension, Fr. André of Bellefontaine died of snakebite. He had been there only 4 days.
1965 the general chapter authorized the request to be erected as an abbey.
1966 January 17, canonical erection as an abbey, and change of stability of the founders.
18 January, election of the first abbess.
25 January, consecration of the church.


Mvanda (1991)

Père Immédiat


Ancien(ne)s Supérieur(e)s

Monique MASSON — Supérieure — 1961 – 18/01/1966
Monique MASSON — Abbesse — 18/01/1966 – 24/06/1999
Bibiane IGBARO — Abbesse — 1999 – 2015
Geneviève AKAKPO — Abbesse — 2015 – 10/07/2021

Travail et Sources de Revenus

Yogurts, jams, syrups, fruit juice and aperitifs, honey and bee-glue, medicinal plants and beauty products, pork butchery, cards, candles, icons; farm

Capacité d'Accueil

30 rooms of which 10 are doubles and 3 are triples

Moyens de transport

Gare destinataire : Parakou.


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  • Mepkin


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