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 have been accepted and negotiations with local bishops are in progress in UK and Germany. Since it is our common mission, European, Asian, African and American confreres are all involved.
1. Belgian Sector - 12 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, Munsterbilzen, Namur and the 2 houses in Varsenare are mainly for retired confreres.
There are 126 Belgian confreres, 119 in Belgium and 7 elsewhere.
2. French Sector - 12 communities
The 2 houses in Paris are concerned with various ministries, welcoming visitors, as well as administration within the Sector.
The houses in Bry-sur-Marne, in Lyon and in Billere, are mainly for retired confreres and their carers.
The community in Mours, near Paris, is mainly for elderly but active confreres.
Tassy and Verrieres 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 155 French confreres in Europe and 48 elsewhere.
3. German/Luxemburg Sector - 7 communities
The community in Cologne looks after Sector administration, and some confreres serve outside pastoral ministries.
The community in Berlin looks after the AfrikaCenter (helping migrants settle down and adjust) and some confreres also have other ministries.
The communities in Haigerloch, Horstel, Munich, and Trier, are primarily for retired confreres, although some confreres still have outside ministry.
There are 118 German confreres. 93 German confreres (+ 2 Luxemburgers) in Germany and 25 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 are13 Irish confreres in Ireland and 10 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.
The Generalate in Rome is classed separately.
6. Dutch Sector - 1 community
The house in Heythuysen is a retirement home and the Provincial Delegate lives there also.
There are 53 Dutch confreres in the Netherlands and 28 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 4 Polish confreres in Poland and 12 elsewhere.
8. Spanish Sector - 7 communities
The houses in Baranain, Benicassim and Viana are mainly for retired confreres.
Of the 2 houses in Madrid, one (Africanum) is devoted to ministry and media (helping to make Africa and the Church in Africa better known), whilst the other is home to the Sector Delegate, to retired confreres and some who are still in active ministry.
The house in Roquetas de Mar is dedicated to working with migrants.
The community in Seville is engaged in various ministries.
There are 70 Spanish confreres. 47 in Spain and 23 elsewhere.
9. Swiss Sector - 2 communities
The Provincial Delegate is in Fribourg. Other confreres work there too in administration.
In Veyras most of the confreres are retired.
There are 27 Swiss confreres. 23 in Switzerland and 4 elsewhere.
10. British Sector - 3 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.
Rutherglen, near Glasgow, is a centre for Appeals in Scotland and ministry.
There are 49 British confreres 32 in UK and 17 elsewhere.