Happy Feastday of the Immaculate Conception

Today is a big day. For a start, it is the feast of the Immaculate Conception, our patronal feastday.

Happy feastday to all Missionaries of Africa and Missionary Sisters of our Lady of Africa.

But it is also the day of the beatification of our 4 confreres Missionaries of Africa who died in Algeria because of their unconditional dedication to their Mission.

Here is the video of the Mass of Beatification in Oran on this Saturday, feast of the Immaculate Conception, in Oran (Algeria). Enjoy it.

If you like to download it to show to a broader group, you may do so following this link.

Here in Rome, we celebrated the event together with the White Sisters (MSOLA). Father Guy Theunis, superior of the community of the Generalate, gave us an excellent homily, showing us how Mary and Jesus were very much alike at least following five traits of their personalities. You will find the text of this homily on the following post.

Berlin event for the 150th anniversary

Hundred and fifty years ago, Cardinal Charles Lavigerie, the then Archbishop of Algiers, founded the Missionaries of Africa, known in Germany as the White Fathers. In gratitude, we look back on a century and a half in the service of the Church and of the people of Africa.

We, the animators of the Africa Center in Berlin, would like to invite you to an event to commemorate the struggle of our founder, shared by the first missionaries, against the slave trade and the challenges of human trafficking today.

You are cordially invited on Thursday, 18th October 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria of the Catholic School Saint Francis, Hohenstaufenstr. 1-2, 10781 Berlin.


6:30 pm: Welcome and time for meeting each other

7:00 pm:

  • Father Gerard Chabanon, Provincial of the European Province, recalls the history of the slave trade in the 19th century and of the anti-slavery campaign of Lavigerie.
  • Sr. Margit Forster, SOLWODI (Solidarity with women in distress) Berlin, will talk about modern slavery and the fight against human trafficking in Germany today.
  • Greetings from Father Rudi Pint, German Provincial of the Missionaries of Africa and Father Frank Rossmann, Missionary of Africa.

Musical entertainment by groups from the Africa Center.

8:30 pm: African snack bar

We would be grateful if you could let us know by 12 October 2018 whether you will be attending the event.

Tel.: 030-216.9170
email: afrika-center.berlin@t-online.de

We are very pleased to welcome you.

Your Missionaries of Africa
and the Afrika Center Team in Berlin

Download here the original invitation flyer.

Feast of the Nativity of Mary in Jerusalem

“On September 8, the church celebrates the birth of the Virgin Mary. The Franciscans, together with the local church, went on pilgrimage to the place where according to tradition, the Madonna was born.”

That place is… St. Anne’s and the community of the Missionaries of Africa.  One Man in White is the General Consul (of France)… and the other one is a WF, Frans, making some publicity for our 140th Jubilee (W.F. at St Anne’s) and for our 150th Jubilee (Lavigerie family). Enjoy the video.

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Conference on Cardinal Paul Zoungrana

As part of the conferences organized by the Roman Committee to prepare the 150th anniversary of the founding of our Lavigerie Family, Father Jacques Sidibe tells us about “Paul Zoungrana, a Pastor figure, one of the fruits of the work of evangelization of the Sons and Daughters of Cardinal Lavigerie. ” (in French)

Jacques Sidibe is a priest of the diocese of Ouagadougou, ordained in 1999. After a few years of pastoral ministry in a parish, Jacques is sent to Rome for studies, then teaches in two major seminaries. He is received in our community in Rome in 2018 while taking a time of sabbatical at the Urbaniana, when his bishop asks him to take advantage of his presence with us to work on Cardinal Paul Zoungrana, M.Afr., an emblematic figure of the Church of Burkina Faso, as his diocese is preparing to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth.

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150 people for the 150st in The Netherlands

The MSOLA (Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa) in the Netherlands reopened their exhibition “The White Caravan” in the Center of the Religious Heritage in Sint Agatha (near Nijmegen), an exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of the “Lavigerie Family” (the Missionaries of Africa and the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa).

The religious ceremony took place on 29 April 2018 in the presence of Sister MacDonald, MSOLA Superior in the United Kingdom and Fr. Jozef de Bekker, Provincial Delegate of the Missionaries of Africa in the Netherlands.

The celebration was animated by the Parish Choir of St. Charles Lwanga in The Hague and the 150 people present at the celebration ended up being drawn to the festive dance.

The exhibition is open until 21 October 2018 and, in the meantime, five lectures will be given :
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PAO: The Advent Retreat… In January

From “Baobab Echos N ° 8 of January 2018”

January 5, 2018, at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Peace in Bamako

It seems a little anachronistic to bring together Confreres and Sisters of Our Lady of Africa, for an Advent retreat on January 5th! But the diaries of each other did not allow to find the opportunity to gather before Christmas.The theme being the one proposed by our two general councils: “We are all migrants”, could without problem be addressed, even outside Advent.Ha-Jo Lohre continues…

On January 5, 2018, the confreres of Bamako (community of the Guest House, community of Hamdallaye and community of the parish of the Holy Martyrs of Uganda) gathered together with our Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa (Bamako/Kalabankura) for the “Advent” recollection.This recollection was proposed to us by our General Councils.”We are all migrants”…It is still topical and as we were all stuck by the Advent time, we decided to program it at the beginning of the year by choosing as a place “the Marian Hill”, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Peace, on a hill in the center of the city , close to the parish church of the Martyrs of Uganda.After climbing the 177 steps, some discovered for the first time this beautiful place of recollection built by the previous Parish Priest Laurent Balas.After the morning prayer and a little introduction to the theme, everyone had time to find a place to meditate on the biblical texts and the proposed questions – either in the crypt before the Blessed Sacrament, in the Church of the Virgin (where we celebrated the mass around 11:00 a.m.) – or else outside on the forecourt or under the gallery.During mass, each one had the opportunity to share the fruit of their meditations, before a good meal offered by the guest house consolidated our fraternity.

Conference of Sr. Carmen Sammut, msola

On the Footsteps of Cardinal Lavigerie
at the Service of the Universal Church

In preparation to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Lavigerie Family, Sister Carmen Sammut, Superior General of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa and President of the UISG (International Union of the (Sisters’) Superiors General), talks to us about her particular work as president of the UISG. Continue reading “Conference of Sr. Carmen Sammut, msola”

Conference of Sr. Denise Rachel Kambire (in French)

This first conference organized by the Roman Committee as part of the 150th anniversary of the Lavigerie Family was given by Sister Denise Rachel Kambire, Franciscan Missionary of Mary of Burkina Faso. She was a missionary in Congo Brazaville and Congo Kinshasa before taking up residence in Rome where she is researching the founding Mother of her congregation, Sister Mary of the Passion. This research made her discover the interaction that existed between this Breton founder, with a strong character, and another French personality … namely our founder Charles Cardinal Lavigerie. It is of this relationship that Sister Denise Rachel Kambire tells us. Continue reading “Conference of Sr. Denise Rachel Kambire (in French)”

Lavigerie through the prism of three White Fathers

Here is the recording of a lecture given (in French) at the Generalate by Mr. Rémi Caucanas, Doctor in Contemporary History and specialist on Christian-Muslim relations in the Mediterranean. Though not as such an event for the 150th Jubilee Celebration, it does contribute to prepare us to celebrate. His lecture was introduced by Diégo Sarriò M.Afr., of whom he became the friend and collaborator. A large number of confreres of the house were present as well as thirteen White Sisters of Rome. Here is the transcript of the presentation of Mr. Rémi Caucanas by Father Diégo.
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150th Anniversary competition

This is an invitation from the Central Coordination Committee for the Jubilee of the 150th anniversary of the foundation of our two missionary societies.

As you know from April 30, 2016, we began a triennial journey that will culminate in the Jubilee Year from December 8, 2018 to December 8, 2019. The three years of preparation are like a spiritual and moral warming-up whose goal is not to exhaust us before the jubilee itself but to help us enter the Jubilee with joy and fervour. To accompany this preparation and to better live this jubilee year, we are launching the following three competitions:

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