Celebrations of 150 years of service to Africa

150 Year Celebrations.

There will be celebrations to mark 150 years since the foundation of the White Fathers (Missionaries of Africa) and the White Sisters (Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa). These celebrations will be in:

St Columkille’s Parish, Rutherglen  Glasgow G73 2SL

 at the 12 midday Mass Sunday 26th August 2018.

and

Our Lady Queen of Apostles Parish, Hounslow TW5 0RL.  Heston

at the 11.30 Mass Sunday 9th December 2018.

It is hoped that another celebration will be held in Liverpool in September 2018, but arrangements are yet to be made.

A New Missionary Community in Central Liverpool

Recently, in his pastoral letter of last October to the people of the archdiocese, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon wrote: “In the city of Liverpool I have invited the missionaries of Africa, more commonly known as the White Fathers, to take over the pastoral care of one of our parishes. They will be setting up a mission to specifically respond to the needs of our African brothers and sisters, and others of various ethnic origins, in the city”.

Algerian "Martyrs" to be "Witnesses" to solidarity with the people of Algeria

When received by Pope Francis last month in the Vatican, the Bishops of Algeria stressed that the request to have the Bishop of Oran and 18 priests and religious, who had been murdered in Algeria between 1994 and 1996, beatified was not in any way meant to be a self-congratulatory move by the Church, nor was it meant to be a claim of “poor Christians murdered by wicked Muslims”.

Beatifications

The cause for the beatification of Bishop Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions, including the seven monks of Tibhirine and the 4 MAfr (White Fathers) of Tizi-Ouzou (Jean Chevillard, Alain Dieulangard, Christian Chessel, Charles Deckers) have only to receive the vote of the Assembly of the Cardinals and Bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.’ (Nicolas Senèze , Rome, 01/09/2017).

Fr. John Lynch, MAfr

Yesterday Fr John Lynch's body was cremated and today after a requiem Mass in the community chapel of the Missionaries of Africa, his ashes were buried in St Petersburg, Florida.

John worked for many years in Chicago and Washington at the Missionaries of Africa Development Office where he raise millions of dollars for small projects (up to $10,000) for clean water, transport, medical and educational projects for the neediest people in Africa.