By Father Joseph Perrier.
The Society of the Missionaries
of Africa (White Fathers) was born in Algeria, founded in 1868
by Mgr Charles Lavigerie, archbishop of Algiers.
Did you say: "White Fathers?"
fact, would soon place a triple requirement
before these new missionaries:
- You will speak the language
- You will eat their food.
- You will wear what they wear.
Mgr Charles Lavigerie
Archbishop of Algiers
T his New Missionary
Society took therefore, at the beginning, the arab dress: the gandoura,
the arab cloak and the chéchia, with as a religious sign a rosary carried
around the neck like a necklace.
clinics, schools, farming development: such would be their work, in
the beginning, in Algeria . But Lavigerie saw bigs. When accepting the
archidiocese of Algiers, he had written to one his friends": Algeria
is an open door to the continent... "After the opening of the novitiate,
in 1868, vocations arrive numerously enough so that in 1876, a first
caravan of three missionaries can leave for Timbouktou. Unfortunately,
they were all slaughtered by the desert nomads.
after, in 1878, another caravan of several missionaries arrives to
the port of Mombassa, on the East coast of Africa. After three months
of walking, it reached the edges of Lake Victoria and settled in Uganda.
Other caravans would follow, often in difficult conditions. The African
adventure of the White Fathers was begun.
At the death of the
Cardinal Lavigerie, in 1892, 278 Missionaries of Africa, of 5 Nationalities
were working already in 6 countries: Algeria, Tunisia, Uganda, Tanzania,
Congo and Zambia.
are 1 370 Missionnaires of Africa, of 37 Nationalities, that work
in 42 Countries, in 217 communities. (The Missionaries of Africa in
Formation -455-- photo : Abidjan 2012).
One year after the foundation of the Missionaries of Africa - White
Fathers -, Mgr Lavigerie founded, in 1869, the Congregation of the
Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa.
The researchers can consult our archives
E-mail des archives : firstname.lastname@example.org
E-mail: Bibliothèque: email@example.com
Also in Paris 5 rue Verlomme 75003 Paris France
Fr.. Jacques Delattre Archivist
on the Company and its founder
Other books written by "Missionaries