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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 Novena Prayer
125th Anniversary Prayer Campaign against slavery
St. Josephine Bakhita Novena
Vocations Prayer
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News and Newmissionaries of africa chapter loco

Our New website is to be found at


Please have a look the sit should be live by Wed 2nd August

New Magazine June 2017

2017 June magazine
Click here to see PDF

For past issues
Click here to see Archive.


  • Visit to Jerusalem
  • Migrants in Sicily
  • Work, work, Father!
  • God writes straight with crooked lines
  • A Sofa for the Night
  • Go with the Flow
  • With my Knapsack on my Back
  • St. Anthony of Padua
  • Better late than never
  • Formation seen by a “formator” 22-23
  • If you want Peace
  • Afrika Center Berlin

Episcopal appointment

Our confrere  Fr John MacWilliam Mafr has been appointed Bishop of Laghouat-Gardaia. I am sure that I speak for us all when I congratulate John for the trust the People of God and the Holy Father show him by this appointment and we wish him a happy and grace-filled ministry as Bishop.
Fr Terry Madden Mafr


The new Africa Action Sheet is out Spring 2017

Many thanks to Fr Ted and the team at AEFJN for the new Africa Action Sheet.
Spring 2017

Click here for PDF
Click for Archive


  • Make Brexit work for everyone
  • Millions of lives at risk in West Africa
  • Drought stokes battle for pastures in Kenya's northern regions
  • Brexit, Chillies and Change
  • Some news! Divesting from fossil fuels
  • Global seed grab
  • Grabbing the bull by the horns

The Wheelchair Project, Tamale, Ghana.

Br. Trevor’s workshop in Tamale, Ghana.
A reminder of Br. Trevor’s work in West Africa. The work continues day by day, quietly and effectively as God’s love.

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Fr Patrick's funeral Photos.

We have a new gallery page,
click here to see images from Fr Partick's funeral service.

The New MSOLA White Sister news letter is out.

Have a look at the May Newsletter

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Bring Back Our Girls.
two years on.

276 young girls were kidnapped from their boarding school in Chibok, North Eastern Nigeria on the night of 14-15 April 2014. Most were Christians. Boko Haram terrorists took them by force. 57 escaped but the rest have been taken away and probably married off. The girls were between 16 and 18 years old. Their captors have threatened to sell them as slaves. Some have been forced to convert to Islam. For 2 years now their parents and families have lived in fear for them, praying for their safe return and any news. Please remember these girls and their families in your prayers.

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 ka-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.
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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