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Who we are

"Be apostles, be nothing but apostles"
(Cardinal Charles Lavigerie)

The Missionaries of Africa (also known as “The White Fathers”), are an international Missionary Society of priests and brothers, founded in 1868, by Cardinal Charles Lavigerie, Archbishop of Algiers and Carthage in North Africa. The name “White Fathers” comes from their habit. This is based on the traditional North African dress of a white gown (gandoura) and a white hooded cloak (burnous). A rosary is worn around the neck.

Arrival in Great Britain.

The Missionaries of Africa arrived in Great Britain in 1912. Their first foundation was in the Diocese of Portsmouth at The Priory, Bishops Waltham, Hampshire. The already existing house was opened as a Junior Seminary. During the course of the following years, further houses were opened in both England and Scotland to cater for growing needs.

Our work in the UK

Individual members are involved in various Society activities. Care of sick and elderly missionaries is a major concern. At weekends, missionaries visit assigned parishes preaching about our work and collecting funds.

Others have a specific work such as editing our magazine Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers), and other Media work, or in necessary administration. Ministry in neighbouring parishes is undertaken whenever possible as a way of helping the local Church. Justice and Peace issues are also to the forefront in our work, as is the promotion of Vocations to the missionary life.

Fr Patrick Shanahan MAfr
New Video
Helping street children

street children

Patrick Shanahan, co-founder of StreetInvest, presents to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva on the 28th May 2014, as part of the Consortium for Street Children's panel requesting a General Comment to support the 2011 Resolution on Children in Street Situations.

Any decision that the Committee will reach in the next few weeks will have a huge impact on government policies and on-the-ground work all around the World. Their support can completely change the way local authorities (police and community chiefs) view and act towards street children, and provide a large increase of legitimacy to NGO practitioners and local organisations helping street children.

Have a look in the MEDIA page.

St Anthony Burse

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Br Trevor in Tamale Ghana.

Trevor gives us news about his wheelchair project.
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The Scourge of Slavery

breaking the chains of slavery

The founder of the Society of Missionaries Of Africa, Cardinal Lavigerie's campaign against slavery in Africa. Fr. Aylward Shorter M.Afr. Gave us an excellent presentation.
Fr. Aylward's talk click for (printable PDF)



Go to our Prayer Page.
St Anthony's Novina Prayer
125th Anniversary Prayer Campaign against slavery
St. Josephine Bakhita Novena
Vocations Prayer
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News and New

This is holy week!

And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise.”

Be close to us Lord, in this Blessed time. In our prayers and in our liturgies, as we follow you to Jerusalem and to new life.

Lenten reflections

Year of Consecrated Life:
Living Lent with Pope Francis
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1) Grateful for the past,
2) My first and only love
3) Becoming experts in communion
4) Living our prophetic mission radically

The new Magazine is out  missionaries of Africa, magazine, vocations, and enterprise so perilous, magazine of the society of missionaries of Africa, the white fathers.

The Spring magazine is out Vocations an enterprise so perilous.
Have a look at:-
Spring magazine PDF.

For past issues
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African Action Sheet Spring 2015

Mant thanks to Fr Ted and the team at AEFJN for the New Africa Action Sheet.

Click here for AAS Spring

or Click here for Archive

The White Sisters

Now have a web page incorporated into our site with a link to their news letter. The link is placed in the Home menu. Click for White Sisters

Africa Action Sheet 2014

Mant thanks to Fr Ted and the team at AEFJN for the new Africa Action Sheet. Have a look at the, Africa Action Sheet winter 2014/15

Click here for PDF

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African art from Ghana that tells a story. Artist Yaw Mensah

A Kayayoo (pronounced ky-yah yoh) kaya means carry in the GA language of Accra Ghana and yoo is the word for woman or girl. They are a section of street people in Ghana and are young women and girls aged 12- 25. They are carriers in the markets.
Click to read a reflection on street children in Ghana's markets by Fr Patrick Shanahan.


God of gentleness and kindness.
God of truth and compassion.
God of wisdom and understanding.
All seeing God of forgiveness.
God of the universe
God of our hearts
God of hope, of love, of faithfulness
stay close and walk with us today.
Br Nick Bruno


Mrs Pat Curran one of our magazine readers writes. I worked at Danby Hall when the junior school was based there.  Father Paddy Walsh was the bursar and Father Michael Maloney was the Superior at the time. I look forward to reading the Missionaries of Africa magazine.
I remember Father Terry Madden by name when he was at Danby Hall after the fire at St Columbus.  I worked there in the house. When my daughter got married at St Peter & Paul Leyburn Father Paddy returned to officiate at her marriage. God bless you all now and in the future.

Our Gold & Silver Jubilees!

Gerry stones and Hugh SeenanFr Hugh Seenan and Fr Gerry Stones celebrate their 25th and 50th year anniversaries of missionary oath. Celebrations were enjoyed by all at our annual reunion this year. Prayers and best wishes go out to Gerry and Hugh photographed here at the reunion with our new provincial Fr Terry Madden.
Click to see full size Photo.


Read it from our book section in media
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JPIC-ED Ghana-Nigeria province

            Ghana Nigeria News from justice and peace office of the White Fathers in Ghana-Nigeria province.
Have a look.


New calender page

Under Media tag Click Have a look!

African Action Sheet April 2014

Mant thanks to Fr Ted and the team at AEFJN for the new Africa Action Sheet. Have a look at the AAS April PDF.

Also From Africa Europe Faith and Justice Network (AEFJN) They have a new website the link is www.aefjnuk.org.uk

Justice and Peace Rome

Fr Richard Nnombi is a Ugandan White Father working in Rome running our Justice and peace office (JPIC/ED) he is sending us an update.
Born in Latin America, Reborn in Rome
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Street Children

street invest

Research with and for children and young people on the street. Project Update. Open PDF

Street Youth and Elections in Zimbabwe.
Open PDF

New Page AAS

Fr Ted Wildsmith Mafr sends the new African Action Sheet. Have A look!
Africa Action Sheet 2013/14

Africa Street Children

street investFather Patrick Shanahan talks about his work and research with street children in Africa. Challenging commonly used practices and assumptions in the area of caring for children on the streets of Africa. Have a look. new video in our media section.

The Society of Missionaries of Africa (The White Fathers). England & Wales Reg charity No. 233302
The Society of Missionaries of Africa (The White Fathers) Charity registered in Scotland No. SC037981