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Welcome to thewhitefathers.org.uk

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Many thanks for your contribution to our work in Africa. Your prayers and your donations help us in all aspects of our missionary work. The Fathers and Brothers on the missions are most grateful. We hold you in our daily Mass and prayers. You can now Donate on line.


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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

Anniversary of the death of our founder Charles Lavigerie

In his speech on the day of his enthronement as bishop of Algiers (1867), Lavigerie addressed these words to the Muslims of Algeria:
"I claim the privilege to love you as my children even if you will not recognize me as your father... "

The new Africa Action Sheet is out
Winter 2015

  • PARIS - a turning point in Climate Change?
  • Papal visit to Africa.
  • The Big Shift - Leave behind Fossil Fuels.
  • European policymakers contributing to Migration.
  • Stand up for Justice - Zambia's Copperbelt.
  • Peace Sunday 2016.

Many thanks to Fr Ted and the team at AEFJN for the new Africa Action Sheet. Winter 2015

Click here for PDF
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Dear Friends
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Br John Murphy Mafr. Br John's requiem Mass will be held at our community house in Rutherglen, Scotland. He will be buried in our Community Grave on Thursday 29th October. We continue to remember John and all his family in our prayers.

The new Africa Action Sheet is
out Autumn 2015

Many thanks to Fr Ted and the team at AEFJN for the new Africa Action Sheet. April-May 2015

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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 August 2015 magazine is out Laudato Si The Greening of Africa.
Have a look at:-
August magazine PDF.

For past issues
Click here to see 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

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.

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

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