Richard Baawobr Kuia R.I.P.

Society of the Missionaries of Africa

Father Stanley Lubungo, Superior General of Missionaries of Africa,
informs you of the return to the Lord of Father

Richard Baawobr Kuia

on Sunday 27 November 2022 in Rome, Italy
at the age of 63 years, of which 35 years of missionary life
in D.R. Congo, Italy, France, Tanzania and Ghana..

Let us pray for him and for his loved ones.

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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:
baawobr.condolences@mafr.org

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
(Algeria)

 Totteridge
(Great Britai)

Brunstatt
(France)

Bionotes

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
01/09/1983SupérieurStrasbourgFrance
11/05/1988Nommé Malawi
15/04/1991Centre Etudes Africains.ToulouseFrance
01/12/1996Maison GénéraliceRomaItalia
03/02/1997Petit EchoRomaItalia
17/05/1998Communicat.ChapitreRomaItalia
09/05/2003Nommé France
01/01/2004Fraternités MissionnParisFrance
01/03/2016MinistèreMoursFrance

Ha-Jo Lohre / Communication

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

Communication

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.

Gérard Guirauden 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

Gérard Guirauden

on Wednesday 09th September 2022 in Aressy (France)
at the age of 89 years, of which 63 years of missionary life
in Malawi, Tanzania and France.

Let us pray for him and for his loved ones.

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Lavigerie Day

It is 130 years since Cardinal Lavigerie died, leaving behind two young Missionary Institutes (the White Fathers and the White Sisters) that he founded in 1868 and 1869 respectively. Today, these missionaries work in more than 40 countries around the world.

Cardinal Lavigerie had an extraordinary passion for Africa. As soon as he arrived in Algeria, he envisaged the evangelization of the entire continent. The secret memoirs submitted to the Holy See a few years later reveal a man determined to transform the African continent, not only by faith but also through social development. He urged his missionaries to be apostles, making themselves “all things to all people”, like St Paul, and to win hearts in ” a gentle and charitable way”. They were to avoid any form of religious constraint. Lavigerie wanted the missionaries to respect and understand the local culture wherever they went. His cultural and religious sensitivity is an opening to inter-religious dialogue.

For Lavigerie, mission also means liberation and justice for the oppressed. That was why he embarked on the anti-slavery campaign. He was a man capable of expressing his deepest convictions about human values. The missionaries would continue this struggle by promoting the integral development of people and social cohesion.

Of course, there are many writings about Cardinal Lavigerie today. It is not the intention of the organisers of this day of exchange to exhibit  what has been written, but rather to remember this man who left a rich legacy, not only to his missionaries but also to Africa and beyond its borders. What did we inherit from Cardinal Lavigerie? What new look should we have on this legacy and how can we sustain it? Our discussions will focus on the following areas:

      1. Why is Lavigerie important today?
      2. Lavigerie’s inspiration for the anti-slavery struggle. What message for today?
      3. Lavigerie and the promotion of women
      4. Cardinal Lavigerie as seen by a Tunisian historian
      5. How can Lavigerie’s spirituality inspire us today?
      6. How can Lavigerie’s figure inspire young people today: the example of Lavigerie’s Secondary School in Ouagadougou
      7. The laity in Nairobi: how to live the charism of Lavigerie today

We hope that evoking the memory of Cardinal Lavigerie will contribute to «picking up the inspiring spark”, the ideals and the values that moved him so that we can continue in his footsteps with fresh energy. 

Program:

Time in Rome

Activity

Speaker

09:00 – 09:10

Welcome remarks

Jean-Marie AMALEBONDRA
(Algeria)
and Stan LUBUNGO
(Rome)

09:10 – 09:20

Presentation of speakers and topics

Peter MATESO
(Lyon)

09:20 – 09:40

Topic 1: Why is Lavigerie important today?

Serge TRAORÉ
(London)

09:45 – 10:05

Topic 2: How can Lavigerie’s spirituality inspire us today?  

Frank NOLAN
(London)

10:05 – 10:35

Discussion/Questions

Peter MATESO
(Lyon)

10:30 – 11:00

Break

11:00 – 11:20

Topic 3 : Lavigerie and the promotion of women 

Sr Chantal VANKALCK
(Algiers)

11:20 – 11:40

Topic 4 : Cardinal Lavigerie as seen by a Tunisian historian

Dr Samia NABLI
(Tunis)

11:40 – 12:10

Discussion/Questions

Peter MATESO
(Lyon)

12:00 – 14:00

BREAK

14:00 – 14:05

Introducing the afternoon session

Serge TRAORE
(London)

14:05 – 14:25

Topic 5 : How can Lavigerie’s figure inspire young people today: the example of Lavigerie Secondary School in Ouagadougou

Sr Rosalie SOMBORO
(Ouagadougou)

14:30 – 14:50

Topic 6 : The laity in Nairobi: how to live the charism of Lavigerie today

Frank et Mary
(Nairobi)

14:55 – 15:15

Topic 7 : Lavigerie’s inspiration in fighting against slavery. What message for today?

Patient BAHATI
(Rome)

15:15 – 15:45

Discussion/Questions

Serge TRAORE
(London)

15:45 – 16:00

Closing remarks  

Sr Carmen SAMMUT
(Rome)

Cardinal Richard Baawobr

Communication

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.