“Founded in 1868 by the French Cardinal Charles Lavigerie, the Missionaries of Africa community, better known as the White Fathers, sent emissaries to Montreal and Quebec City in 1875 to seek funding. This is the beginning of a great adventure that will see more than 650 Canadian fathers and brothers dressed in white cassocks to carry the ideals of humanist Christianity to Africa. Michel Désautels receives the former provincial superior of the Missionaries of Africa, Father Gilles Barrette.”
Here is the final version of the song that won first place in the competition of the 150th anniversary of the foundation of our Lavigerie Family.
The music is the work of Emile Kimembe, in his first year of “stage” in Toulouse. The lyrics were written by Emile Kimembe and Rodrigue Kasereka, in his second year of Theology in Kinshasa. The singing is performed in French and English. The scores will be added as soon as they reach us.
The results of the competition organized by the Central Committee for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the foundation of our Lavigerie families will arrive slowly, depending on the studio mastering of the songs. This one comes from the Community of the White Sisters in Gitega, Burundi, and was composed by Sr. Maité OIARTZUN, smnda, for the lyrics, and Célestin MPFUKAMENSABE, for the music. It got the third place. You will find attached the group photo, as well as the music score and the transcript. Congratulations to the Gitega Community.