OLMC – Our Lady of Mount Camel – Monastery, Awhum is a member of the Catholic Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance. It is located at Awhum, Ezeagu LGA of Enugu State, Nigeria. The Monastert is about 29 kilometers north of Enugu City.

Fr. Abraham Ojefua founded the Monastery in 1970 and incorporated into the Order of Cistercians on 2 July 1978. It became an Abbey on 15 February 2006.

OLMC is an Abbey for monks, affiliated to the Order of Cistercians, one of the oldest orders which was founded in 1098. Generally, monks dedicate their lives to serving people and God. Most are ascetics, voluntarily choosing to leave mainstream society to live a secluded life in prayer and contemplation. The Cistercians state that, “Our lives are dedicated to seeking union with God, through Jesus Christ, in a community of sisters or brothers.”

The current Superior of the Awhum Abbey is Dom Kevin Onyima (since 2022).

Commonly known as Awhum Monastery, the Church designates Ahwum Monastery as an Abbey in the Enugu Diocese of the Catholic Church.

If you are a faithful Orthodox Christian, it is a great experience to visit a monastery. Every visit is an opportunity to learn how to emulate the piety and asceticism of the monastics. One can also seek the counsel of monastic spiritual fathers at Awhum. Abbeys make us aware of our weaknesses. They also give the faithful the courage to strive for the authentic spiritual values of humility, faith, and love.

Reasons to visit OLMC Monastery, Awhum

  • For spiritual retreat; the Abbey offers accommodation to people who are seeking spiritual answers.
  • to appreciate the wonders of contemplative life;
  • To appreciate the wonders of nature.
  • to visit and drink from the contemplative wisdom of a resident monk
  • To spend a quiet time of prayer with the family or just the spouse.

And why not? One may also take the opportunity of the visit to bless the vulnerable and disadvantaged through the monks.

NEARBY PLACES

Awhum Waterfall and Cave

In addition to its famous monastery, Awhum Community of Enugu State has two twin attractions – a waterfall and cave.

Ezeagu twin cave and waterfall

Ezeagu Twin Cave and Waterfall is a natural wonder to behold and a thrilling adventure for those with the courage to explore the recesses

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