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."