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Who we are
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
Helping 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.
St Anthony Burse
Br Trevor in Tamale Ghana.
Trevor gives us news about his wheelchair project.
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The Scourge 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)
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We send you the sad news of the death of the brother of Fr. Aloysius Beebwa. Aloysius is a White Father from Uganda studying here in UK. His brother, Paul Bahurwire, died in Kampala. He was just forty five years old. We remember Aloysius and all the family in our prayers at this sad and difficult time. May their faith in the risen Lord bring them comfort and hope.
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.
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.
The Autumn magazine is out Justice and Peace edition
also including our Gold & Silver Jubilees!
Fr Gerry Stones and Fr Hugh Seenan
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Our Gold & Silver Jubilees!
Fr 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.
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Fr Terry Madden
Our new Delegate Superior
Congratulations to Father Terry Madden who has been elected our new delegate superior. He now takes over from Father Paul as the superior of the British province. We wish him all the very best in his new appointment and hold him in our prayers.
Read it from our book section in media
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JPIC-ED Ghana-Nigeria province
News from justice and peace office of the White Fathers in Ghana-Nigeria province.
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New calender page
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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
Research with and for children and young people on the street. Project Update. Open PDF
Street Youth and Elections in Zimbabwe.
New Page AAS
Wildsmith Mafr sends the new African Action Sheet. Have A look!
Africa Action Sheet 2013/14
Africa Street Children
Father 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.