Charles Lavigerie, Founder of
the White Fathers, 1884
"O my beloved Africa. Seventeen years ago, I sacrificed all to you, when driven by a palpable force from God. I renounced everything to devote myself to your service... I have loved everything about Africa, her past, her future, her mountains, her clear sky, her sunshine, the great sweep of her deserts, the azure waves that bathe her coasts."
A new Africa Europe Faith and Justice Network (AEFJN) contact group was launched in Nairobi on 16 February, 2018. The launch was preceded by a two-day workshop (15-16 February) on Advocacy and AEFJN.
More than 50 pilgrims of all ages arrived around 2 pm. at the Missionaries of Africa house in Little Ealing Lane.
A young girl of about 8 years old was kidnapped from near her village in Darfur, Sudan in 1876 by 2 armed men. They took her off and sold her into slavery. Her name was taken from her and the slave-name of “Lucky” (Bakhita) given in its stead.
The Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers), as well as the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa/MSOLA (White Sisters), are preparing world wide to celebrate 150 years of service to, and in, Africa. The Missionaries of Africa date their beginnings to 1868 and the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa to 1869.
Not the first monk, but the first to go off into the Egyptian wilderness. His parents died when he was 18 years old. Following Jesus’ advice to the young man in the Gospel, he gave away to the poor all the money he had inherited in order to devote his life to coming closer to God.