Safeguarding Audit Announcement, Irish Sector

The Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) Irish Sector have invited the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland to conduct a review of safeguarding practice in the sector. 

If you have any views about safeguarding in the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) Irish Sector we invite you to come forward to us +353 1 405 5263 or to the National Board at +353 1 505 3124. 

If you wish to report a child safeguarding concern, please contact Julie McCullough, Designated Liaison Person for Safeguarding, on +353 86 328 8503 or email pep.irl.cim@mafr.org

Alternatively, you can contact the Garda Child Sexual abuse Free Phone: 1800 555 222 or Tusla:  http://www.tusla.ie/get-in-touch/

Maurice Rambourg R.I.P.

Society of the Missionaries of Africa

Father Michel Girard Provincial Delegate of the sector of France,
informs you of the return to the Lord of Father

Maurice Rambourg

on Saturday, 4th November 2023 in Bry-sur-Marne (France) at the age of 95 years, of which 70 years of missionary life in Guinea,  in Burkina Faso, in Ivory Coast and in France.

Let us pray for him and for his loved ones.

Download here the announcement of Father Maurice Rambourg’s death

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Jean-Marie Hougardy R.I.P.

Society of the Missionaries of Africa

Father Yvo Wellens, Provincial Delegate of the sector of Belgium,
informs you of the return to the Lord of Father

Jean-Marie Hougardy

on Tuesday, 31st October 2023 in Schaerbeek (Belgium)
at the age of 84 years, of which 60 years of missionary life
in Malawi and in Belgium.

Let us pray for him and for his loved ones.

Download here the announcement of Father Jean-Marie Hougardy’s death

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Theo Boonen R.I.P.

Society of the Missionaries of Africa

Father Yvo Wellens, Provincial Delegate of the sector of Belgium,
informs you of the return to the Lord of Father

Theo Boonen

on Thursday, 07th September 2023 in Hamont-Achel (Belgium)
at the age of 92 years, of which 67 years of missionary life
in Burundi, D.R. Congo and Belgium.

Let us pray for him and for his loved ones.

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Viateur Lafontaine R.I.P.

Society of the Missionaries of Africa

Father Réal Doucet, Provincial of the Americas,
informs you of the return to the Lord of Father

Viateur Lafontaine

on Tuesday, 5th September 2023 in Montreal (Canada)
at the age of 99 years, of which 73 years of missionary life
in Italy, Tanzania and Canada.

Let us pray for him and for his loved ones.

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Contact nr 2 – Letter to the friends of the French Sector

Voix d’Afrique was, until recently, the magazine of the French sector for families and friends of the White Fathers in France. It has recently been replaced by a publication in PDF format, entitled “Contact”, normally sent by e-mail. Containing articles written by the Missionaries of Africa that may be of interest to a wide audience, we are publishing it here, as well as a briefly translated version in English on the English site. In case of doubt about any of the information, please refer to the French original.

Mazingira Prize for Michel Dubois

Mazingira Prize for Michel Dubois

Mini-Lien n°501

Here, on the Sanctuary Hill, Michel has planted 2400 pine trees.

Recently, our confrere Michel Dubois received the “Mazingira” award in recognition of his contribution to the environment (mazingira in Swahili) in South Kivu (Bukavu). He planted some 2400 pine trees on the Lukananda Hill, also known as the Hill of Sanctuary. After spending almost thirty years in Congo, our brother Michel is now in the community of Pau-Billère. Bravo, Michel, for this sign of recognition that you amply deserve. Here is a transcript of the letter that was sent to him:

Good Day Mr Michel Dubois

The Environmental and Agro-Rural Civil Society of Congo SOCEARUCO South Kivu, has the honour to present you with an honorary award for your commitment to the restoration of the landscape of the city of Bukavu and the hill of Lukananda. This event will be organised on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Kahuzi Biega National Park. This is why our jury committee has decided to reward the merits of the few individuals and legal entities that have contributed to the protection of the environment in the DRC and South Kivu.

It is in this context that we are contacting you in order to solicit you to designate a person who can represent you and receive on your behalf the “Mazingira Prize” (2020 edition) which is awarded to you. Please note that this prize will be awarded at the headquarters of the Kahuzi Biega National Park on Monday 30/11/2020 from 9 a.m. in Tchivanga.

My warmest greetings,

MSc Josué ARUNA