The Province of Europe is divided into 10 Sectors and is at present our largest province as regards numbers of confreres. In the past, most confreres would have originated from Europe. Now many of these confreres have reached retirement age and have returned to their countries of origin. Gradually the numbers of African, American and Asian confreres are increasing, whilst the number of European confreres is diminishing. As well as the retired confreres, others in Europe are involved in caring for the aged confreres, in administration and in sensitising the local churches in Europe to the Church in Africa. In recent years, specifically missionary projects have been started, and responsibility for certain parishes accepted, where outreach to migrants has been the primary goal.
There are projects already in place in Spain and Germany. A joint project in Sicily has been started. Parishes in France and one in Great Britain (Liverpool) have been set up and negotiations with local bishops are in progress in Germany. Since it is our common mission, European, Asian, African and American confreres are all involved.
1. Belgian Sector - 10 communities
In the 4 communities in Brussels, some confreres are engaged in Provincial and Sector administration, some in specialist ministries and some are retired.
In the 2 communities in Antwerp, most confreres are retired although some have outside ministries. The houses in Genk, Liege, Namur and the 2 houses in Varsenare are mainly for retired confreres.
There are 124 Belgian confreres, 101 in Belgium and 18 elsewhere.
2. French Sector - 9 communities
The 2 houses in Paris (rue de Verlomme and rue Friant) are concerned with various ministries, welcoming visitors, as well as administration within the Sector.
The communities in Bry-sur-Marne and in Billère, are mainly for retired confreres and their carers.
The communities in Mours, near Paris, and Lyon are mainly for elderly but active confreres.
Tassy and Verrières are very small communities with the confreres undertaking various ministries.
The Marseille community looks after a parish with out-reach to migrants.
A new parish has recently been taken over in Toulouse specifically to reach out to migrants.
There are 142 French confreres in France (including 19 not in community) 1 Associate Member and 2 stagiaires (2 years pastoral work) and 29 elsewhere. Finally there are 12 non-French Missionaries of Africa working in France.
3. German/Luxemburg Sector - 7 communities
The community in Cologne looks after Sector administration, and some confreres serve outside pastoral ministries.
There are 2 communities in Berlin, one of which looks after the AfrikaCenter (helping migrants settle down and adjust). Other confreres also have other ministries.
The communities in Haigerloch (Hechingen), Hörstel, Munich, and Trier(2 communities), are primarily for retired confreres, although some confreres still have outside ministry.
Finally, there is “Haus Lavigerie”, a mixed community of Missionaries of Africa (3) and Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa (2) in Karlruhe. It is a parish with outreach (dialogue/encounter with Muslims and integration of immigrants).
There are 109 German confreres. 91 German confreres (incl. 3 Luxemburgers) in Germany and 19 elsewhere.
4. Irish Sector - 1 community
The community (in Dublin) consists of the Sector Delegate and confreres responsible for administration and promotion. There are also retired confreres and sometimes confreres doing further studies.
There are 21 Irish confreres, 9 in Ireland and 12 elsewhere.
5. Italian sector - 2 communities
In Treviglio about half of the confreres are retired. The Delegate lives there together with confreres working on Mission Animation, and Media. Most of the confreres living in Castelfranco are retired, but also help with teaching Italian to migrants.
There are 30 Italian confreres. 23 are in Italy and 7 are elsewhere.
The Generalate in Rome is classed separately.
6. Dutch Sector - 1 community
The community in Heythuysen is a retirement community and the Provincial Delegate lives there also.
There are 60 Dutch confreres, 44 in the Netherlands and 16 elsewhere.
7. Polish Sector - 1 community
The community in Poland is in Lublin. The confreres there look after administration, and Mission Animation. It is also a house of formation for Polish candidates who live in community whilst attending Philosophy classes at Lublin University.
There are 18 Polish confreres, 4 in Poland and 14 elsewhere.
8. Spanish Sector - 5 communities
The houses in Baranain and Benicassim are mainly for retired confreres.
In Madrid, the community work consists of Fundacion Sur (devoted to ministry and media, helping to make Africa and the Church in Africa better known), the Sector Delegate, and retired confreres and some who are still in active ministry.
The house in Roquetas de Mar (Almeria) is dedicated to working with migrants.
The community in Seville is engaged in various ministries.
There are 64 Spanish confreres. 45 in Spain and 19 elsewhere.
9. Swiss Sector - 2 communities
The Provincial Delegate lives in Fribourg. Other confreres work there too in administration.
In Veyras most of the confreres are retired.
There are 24 Swiss confreres. 22 in Switzerland and 2 elsewhere.
10. British Sector - 4 communities
Corfton Road, Ealing, London, is concerned mainly with Appeals, Media and ministry.
Little Ealing Lane, London, houses the Administration Team for the Sector, retired confreres and some confreres doing ministry. Sometimes confreres doing further studies stay there.
The Missionaries of Africa have recently been entrusted with a parish in the centre of Liverpool. The community consists of 4 confreres. A major task of the parish is outreach to migrants and Muslims generally in the area.
Rutherglen, near Glasgow, is a centre for Appeals in Scotland and ministry.
There are 41 British confreres 28 in UK and 13 elsewhere.