Creation Time 2018, week 1

The celebration of creation time has its origin in the Orthodox tradition. It was taken up by the World Council of Churches and recommended to the Catholic Church by Pope Francis. From September 1st until the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4th, Christians thank for the gift of creation and reflect on how they can protect it and pass it on to future generations.

Please find here the Biblical and Liturgical text put together by Wolfgang Schonecke  (Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland)

Workshop JPIC – ED

Mercredi 28 février et Jeudi 1et mars

Sixteen participants met Wednesday evening, 28/02/2018, in the cafeteria of the General House. The head of the JPIC-RD commission, Father Andreas Göpfert, welcomed us all and invited us to introduce ourselves to each other. On Thursday, the participants were invited to share some of their experience that motivates them to engage in JPIC-RD pastoral work but also to describe the functioning of JPIC-RD commissions in each province. Here are some pictures of the sharing of some fellow participants in the session. Continue reading “Workshop JPIC – ED”

Lenten Way of the Cross 2018

Here is a Way of the Cross prepared by the JPIC coordinators of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa and the Missionaries of Africa for Lent 2018.

You can use it individually for your own meditation and at your own pace. By default, the slides change every minute, but you can obviously force the progress.

You must be connected to the Internet to view this slideshow. However, if you want to use it in community M.Afr. or parish, you can download the PDF version here.


What is a coordinator

On a busy street in one of India’s congested cities, traffic has ground to a halt. Frustrations are high as a young man yells at a hapless policeman. A large tree has fallen across the narrow thoroughfare, and nobody knows what to do. Snarled traffic, glum looks, despairing gridlock. A young woman says in English on her cell phone, “I hate this country.” Then the situation gets worse: it begins to rain. Buckets. A young boy, maybe seven or eight, pokes his head out a bus window. […]

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Integrity of creation: Missionaries of Africa’s contribution (PE nr. 1087 – 2018/01)

Considering the current ecological crisis, the 2016 Chapter was concerned about the question of Integrity of Creation and called for a fervent devotion to eco-spirituality – “With the help of Church documents on eco-spirituality such as Laudato Si’ and available resource materials of the Society, we recommend that recollections and sessions be organized at Provincial and Sector levels” (CA, 1.3.). The Chapter requested that communities be ‘good examples of environmental protection’. Let us be a “Green Church”. It exhorted us to Continue reading “Integrity of creation: Missionaries of Africa’s contribution (PE nr. 1087 – 2018/01)”

Non-violent communication : an example

Conflicts between neighbors are very common. Here is an example of such a conflict and its non-violent and creative resolution. This is an example that can be used as a group to make people think. The link for the original Power Point will soon be at the bottom of the page. You can use the Power Point freely but mentioning the origin:

Andreas Göpfert, Missionaries of Africa, Via Aurelia 269, Rome 00165 © 2017 

Welcome, protect, promote, integrate

Next Sunday, the 14th of January 2018, is the World Day of Prayer for the Migrants, which articulates around these 4 action verbs : to welcome,  to protect, to promote and to integrate.

“Migrations in their various forms are not a new phenomenon in human history. They have left their mark on every age, bringing about the encounter of different cultures and giving rise to new civilizations. Unfortunately, in many cases people are forced to move: by conflict, natural disasters, persecution, climate change, violence, extreme poverty and inhumane living conditions. Our shared response can be expressed by four action verbs: // to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate.

To welcome.

A responsible and dignified welcome of our brothers and sisters // begins by offering them decent and appropriate shelter.

To protect.

We are speaking about millions of migrant workers – especially men and women in irregular situations; millions of asylum seekers and displaced persons; and millions of victims of human trafficking. Defending their inalienable rights, ensuring their fundamental freedoms and respecting their dignity are duties which compel one and all.

To promote.

Protecting migrants, refugees and displaced persons is not enough. What is required is the promotion of their integral human development. Responsibility for the full human promotion of migrants and their families begins with their home communities. That is where such promotion should be guaranteed, along with the right to choose to emigrate and also the right not to be forced to emigrate.

To integrate.

Integration, unlike assimilation or incorporation, is a two-way process, rooted essentially in the mutual recognition of each other’s cultural richness.

I believe that taking action in these four ways, as individuals and in groups, is our duty today.

And so the Global Compacts must be inspired by compassion, foresight and courage!

Pope Francis

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A question of Justice for Peace…

I frequently receive from the “Center for Social Concern” the updated calculation of the Basic Needs Basket (BNB) for Malawian Citizens. It is established by comparing accross regions the up-to-date prices of the basic needs of a family of 6 (two parents and four kids). It is very well done and should challenge all the people who are employing personnel (especially unqualified personnel), paying them far less than fair wages. They often ease their consciences by following the legal minimums or by doing like everyone else.

I do not always take time to examine the data, but today I did. The Malawian government has just reajusted the minimum wages to 25,000 Malawian Kwacha par mois, or €25 !! But the calculation of the BNB for November 2017 amount to 161,557 Malawian Kwacha, or €187, which is more than 7 times higher than the minimum wages.

And that is for very basic needs, without even counting school fees, uniforms and books, without counting transport (bus to go to work or to school), without any sweet or ice cream and of course, dreaming of a car will never ever materialise.

How much are we, Missionaries of Africa, paying our personnel?

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Philippe Docq, M.Afr.

AEFJN, what is it about?

Last month, confreres asked me what does “AEFJN” mean and what is it about?

AEFJN is the abbreviation for “Africa Europe Faith and Justice Network,” (in French “Réseau Foi et Justice Afrique – Europe”). AEFJN is a Faith-based International Network present in AFRICA and in EUROPE, established in 1988 by Catholic Religious or Missionary Institutes present in Africa and Europe. Nearly fifty Institutes are AEFJN members.

We as Missionaries of Africa are very much involved in supporting AEFJN through providing resource people as well as making an annual financial contribution. Actually, Fr. Martin Grenier represents the M.Afr at the annual AEFJN General Assembly and he works on the Steering Committee of AEFJN, based in Rome. In my function as JPC-ED Coordinator, I collaborate with the AEFJN team in Brussels. Several confreres in Europe are very active in the AEFJN ANTENNAE (national groups), such as Wolfgang Schonecke in Germany, Ted Wildsmith in UK and Miguel Larburu in Spain.

The AEFJN International Secretariat in Brussels does advocacy and lobbying work with European Institutions on issues relevant to Africa. The aim of AEFJN is to promote international economic justice and to be the voice for Africans especially for those who are exploited and marginalized through land grabbing, extractive industries and the unfair trade system.

In order to be efficient and to bring up relevant issues regarding Africa, AEFJN needs local information concerning economic injustice in Africa. This information can only come from you!

Indeed, every Missionary of Africa is a member of AEFJN along with the tens of thousands of members in the other fifty missionary institutes. That is a lot of people. Let us actively become the voice of exploited and marginalised people in Africa!

For more information, discover the new website of AEFJN Brussels: or

Andreas Göpfert
Coordinator of JPIC-ED

See also the presentation of AEFJN on our own website.