Several years ago, Father Pirmin Ngolle, the former Associate Pastor of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Klamath Falls Oregon, dispersed a DVD to our parish made by Christian missionaires, Mark and Judith Upton, called "Hanga Abbey: A Model of Hope." He felt the DVD accurately conveyed the needs of his home country. Father Pirmin's apostolic mission was working for the poor, raising money and collecting goods in the United States for his people in Tanzania, East Africa.

The Clean Water Project was Father Pirmin's great love. I first remember hearing about this project when Father Pirmin was traveling through the parishes of Oregon raising money to purchase water pipes. The pipes are used to carry water off the surrounding mountains and into the villages. He said many people in East Africa live their entire lives without ever tasting fresh drinking water, and as a result, there was a high mortality rate secondary to water-borne diseases, such as Malaria.

Through Father Pirmin's efforts, many villages in Tanzania have fresh drinking water today. The mortality rate has dropped dramatically. His efforts saved lives.

"Hanga Abbey: A Model of Hope" is a testimony to Father Pirmin Ngolle's life mission: that of giving hope to his people. That is why we've dedicated this wonderful documentary to our very dear brother-in-Christ, Father Pirmin Caspary Ngolle, who died in a car accident in Africa in the Winter of 2007 while working for the poor. May God bless his soul.

Helping the poor was Father Pirmin's passion. When he was touring the States to raise money for Hanga, he'd sleep overnight in his car at rest stops because he felt the money for a hotel room would be better spent buying water pipes for the Clean Water Project in Tanzania. He was the best person I ever knew. I truly believe he's in Heaven right now interceding on our behalf, once again working for the poor. One of our parishioners once said to him, "What are you going to do, Father, spend an eternity in Africa?" Father Pirmin's response was, "No. I'm going to spend an eternity in Heaven." He certainly shall!

Father Pirmin's project continues despite his departure. More villages still need clean drinking water. People in the monastery and surrounding villages need supplies, such as sleeping bags, clothes and school supplies. Hanga Abbey is raising funds to build a church. If you'd like to contribute to Hanga Abbey or to the Clean Water Project, please send your tax-deductible donation to:


Saint Maurus Mission Appeal
St. Pius X Catholic Church
4880 Bristol Avenue
Klamath Falls, OR 97603


If you have questions about St. Maurus Mission, you can view the Hanga Abbey Website.

I'd like to thank Mark and Judith Upton for giving me permission to put this video on the Internet. They are truly very generous and kind people.

Last, but not least, Father Pirmin - this webpage is dedicated to you, my dear and much missed friend. I'd like to thank you for healing my sorrowful heart and bringing me joy once again.

God Bless!

- The Webmaster.



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Hanga Abbey Brochure Page One

Hanga Abbey Contribution Form

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