Mass for Cardinal Richard BAAWOBR


A Mass for the repose of the soul of Cardinal Richard K. BAAWOBR will take place on Monday, 5 December 2022, at 11 a.m. in St. Peter’s Basilica. It will be presided by Cardinal Giovanni Battista RE.

The funeral will be held in his Diocese of Wa in Ghana.

Rome, 29th November 2022

André-L. Simonart,
Secretary General

Cardinal Richard Baawobr / Return to the Celestial Father

With sadness and pain we hereby inform you of the return to the heavenly Father of Cardinal Richard Baawobr which occurred today, Sunday, 27 November 2022. Our confrere was taken by ambulance from the Generalate to the Gemelli Hospital at 5.45pm and we received the sad news at 6.25pm. May Richard rest in the peace of his Lord whom he so generously served. On behalf of the bereaved Society. Our prayer and our thoughts go also to his family, to his diocese, his fellow bishops, to all his friends and acquaintances.

Rome, 27th November 2022

André-Léon Simonart,
Secretary General.

To express your condolences:

Prayer for Ha-Jo

Prayer for the liberation of Father Ha-Jo Lohre

God our Father,
You, the Merciful,
the all-powerful in love,
You who are always attentive
to the cries of those who call upon you,
we turn to you with confidence.

We pray to you for our brother,
Father Ha-Jo.
Protect him. Strengthen him in faith,
hope and charity.
Give him the strength
to stand firm in his new mission
which he did not choose,
in the hope that he will soon be released.

We pray for his captors: touch their hearts;
that they may understand that
you call us all to live together
in love and brotherhood.

To those who are working for his release,
inspire just decisions
that lead to a happy outcome.

We pray for all the other hostages;
that they all regain their freedom
and return to their families
as soon as possible.

Bless the Church-Family of Mali;
Bless Mali!

Our Lady of Africa,
watch over our brother Ha-Jo,
Watch over Mali.  Amen

Pierre Féderlé R.I.P.

Society of the Missionaries of Africa

Father Emmanuel Lengaigne, Provincial Delegate of the sector of France,
informs you of the return to the Lord of Father

Pierre Féderlé

on Monday 21st November 2022 in St-Martin du Tertre (France)
at the age of 89 years, of which 62 years of missionary life
in Italy, Great Britain, Malawi and France.

Let us pray for him and for his loved ones.

Download here the announcement of Father Pierre Féderlé’s death

Milestones in the life of Father Pierre Fédrelé

Born in Mulhouse
on 02/12/1932
Spiritual YearMissionary OathPriesthood ordination
in the diocese of Strasbourg28/08/195413/07/1960 03/02/1961
 Nationality: French Maison-Carré

(Great Britai)



01/09/1961Etudes: BibleRoma, M.G.Italia
01/09/1965Prof. TotteridgeLondonAnglaterre
01/01/1974VicaireLilongwe, CathedralMalawi
01/01/1977Professeur, Gd.SéminaireZombaMalawi
01/01/1981Professeur, Grand SéminaireKachebereMalawi
11/05/1988Nommé Malawi
15/04/1991Centre Etudes Africains.ToulouseFrance
01/12/1996Maison GénéraliceRomaItalia
03/02/1997Petit EchoRomaItalia
09/05/2003Nommé France
01/01/2004Fraternités MissionnParisFrance

Ha-Jo Lohre / Communication


All confreres are herewith informed that our confrere Ha-Jo Lohre has been missing from his community in Bamako since Sunday 20 November 2022. In the evening, his confrères noticed that his car was in the courtyard, but it was badly parked and the driver’s side door was slightly open. They searched everywhere without finding him. The police were alerted and came to the scene.
Didier and Stan ask all the confreres to pray for Ha-Jo. May God give him strength where he is. May our Lady of Africa intercede for him and his family.

Rome, 21 November 2022
André-Léon Simonart,
Secretary General.

Cardinal Richard Baawobr News


Dear confreres,

Last Friday, November 18, in the afternoon, our confrere Cardinal Richard Baawobr left the Gemelli Hospital, where he had been transferred on Saturday, October 15, and arrived here at the Generalate. In the evening Richard came to the refectory to have supper with the community. He took the opportunity to thank all the confreres for their prayers and for their support.

Richard is here to rest and regain his strength while receiving the care he needs. We are happy to have him with us here.

Rome, 20th November 2022.
André-Léon Simonart,
Secretary General.

Cardinal Richard Baawobr


Dear confreres, yesterday Cardinal Richard Baawobr asked me to convey to you all his greetings.  Our confrere Richard continues to take an interest in what is happening in the Society and in his diocese. He finds the waiting time long and hopes, as we do, that the doctors will soon decide on the modalities and the time for an intervention on his heart. I have assured Richard of our friendship and of our prayerful support.

Rome, All Saints Day 2022.
André-Léon Simonart,
Secretary General.

Cardinal Richard Baawobr

Official Communication

   On Saturday 15 October 2022 our confrere, Cardinal Richard Baawobr, was transferred from the Santo Spirito di Cassia Hospital to the Gemelli University Hospital with the help of the Vatican in order to receive the special care he still needs. Richard sends his greetings to all of you, keeps his spirits high and remains alert to what is happening in his diocese and in the Society. We continue to accompany our confrere with our prayers so that he may recover all his strength and quickly resume his ministry.

Rome, 19th October 2022.

André-Léon Simonart,
Secretary General.