In 1963, Bishop Jules Peeters, the then bishop of Buea came fo Mt St Bernard and made a request for a foundation in West Cameroon. Fr Luke was sent to look for a suitable site and he eventually chose the present site in Mbengwi. Fr Luke returned to Cameroon in October 1963 with 3 lay brothers to construct the first buildings for the future monastery. 9 other monks followed in May 1964 and the regular Monastic life began on the Feast of the Ascension that year. The first four aspirants were received in August 1964. When the Monastery became a Priory the community elected Fr Adrian as prior and later as first abbot when she Priory was raised into an Abbey. Today, we have the Our Lady of Bamenda Abbey in Mbengwi as a Congregration of the Cistercian Monks of Strict Observance. The Monastery celebrated the Golden Jubilee of its erection in 2014.
Br. Michael is at the moment the Superior of the Community. Although he is a Benedictine, he was sent from Nigeria in 2013 to resolve some problems within the community in Mbengwi.