After spending many years in West Africa, and living in several communities in France, Marie-Vincente Brouca is now at the St Charles Retirement Home in Verrières-le-Buisson. With ever sparkling eyes, she tells us about her missionary life in Mali and Burkina Faso. As soon as I arrived in Bamako, I marvelled at the beauty of the Malian women! In the years that followed, I had the chance to work with them, in a Social Center teaching French and embroidery. In fact, they taught me much more than I knew myself. Among them were Muslim women, much freer than in North Africa and some Christian women. Then I was sent to an African Congregation to train young women in religious life. There, although they only had a few rudiments of French, I saw that they knew how to live and express themselves, not to mention their faith which amazed me. Then…
In order to consolidate the family spirit among the sister congregations, the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa (MSOLA) organized a day of meeting of the MSOLA General Council with the Superiors General of the Family of Our Lady of Africa. This meeting took place on May 7, 2022 in Viale Trentaprile. Some new Superiors participated for the first time. In a time of prayer, each Superior General lit a small candle and we entrusted to Mary: our world, Africa, our Congregations and our meeting; Africans at home or on other continents; all those who do not know Jesus; those who experience abuse; peoples in distress; the apostles of today and young people so that they might hear the call of Christ. In linguistic groups, French and English, and then in plenary, we shared the experiences lived in our Institutes during the Covid 19 pandemic and also the…
By Sr Donatira Tusiime, Goma, D.R.C. Warm greetings from the community of Goma. I would like to share with you the joyful experience of living fraternity and communion as a Lavigerie Family “FALA” in the diocese of Goma. The Lavigerie Family is a group composed of 5 very active branches. FAMAG. Family of Missionaries of Africa of Goma “Relatives of sisters and fathers”. FAMA. Fraternity of Former Missionaries of Africa AMA. Friends of Missionaries of Africa Missionaries of Africa and Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa Each group has its own objective to reach but what unites us as FALA is three words of Cardinal Lavigerie; Apostle, Love and Africa. When I see these committed lay people, I am always impressed by the fact that they see themselves as apostles. They try to live this, starting with their families, their neighborhoods as well as their witness in daily life.…
Closing of the 150th Anniversary in Rome
Following the closing of the 150-year jubilee in Uganda, another celebration took place in Rome on 25 January 2020. We gathered at the Generalate of the Missionaries of Africa to close this jubilee year also in Italy.
Jubilee Closing Celebration in Uganda
On December 8th in Namugongo, Uganda, the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) and the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa (White Sisters) coming from different countries, gathered to celebrate the closing of the 150 year Jubilee of of their foundation. The solemn Mass presided over by the Apostolic Nuncio to Uganda gathered over 5,000 people who came to accompany the missionaries.
Day 2 Pilgrimage to Our Ancestral Home – Masaka, Uganda
Masaka is a region in the central part of Uganda, which was the centre of evangelisation for the southern and western parts of the country.
DAY 1 Pilgrimage in the footsteps of the pioneer missionaries
The Missionaries of Africa arrived in Uganda one hundred and forty years ago (1879) while the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa one hundred and twenty years ago (1899). Our pilgrimage takes us to some places where our predecessors in mission passed, lived and served God and his people.
Jubilee closing celebrations in Uganda
The jubilee year of 150 years of existence of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) and the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa (White Sisters) was opened in December 2018 in Tunisia, Northern Africa where our institutes were founded. Celebrations ending this Jubilee will be in Uganda from 5th to 8th December 2019.
Sr. Fides Mbabaremporedu from Burundi, followed by Sr. Marie Kanyoni and Zawadi Barungu from D.R. Congo and Sr. Daphne Alphonso from the U.K. « Where the Lord has sent you, may you be able to contribute to making the culture of encounter grow, to be at the service of a dialogue that, in respect of the differences, is able to draw richness from others’ diversity. » said Pope Francis « …you know that the proclamation of the Gospel isn’t synonymous with proselytism; it is that dynamic that leads to making oneself close to others to share the gift received, the encounter of love that has changed your life and has led you to choose to consecrate your life to the Lord Jesus. It is the Gospel for the life and for the salvation of the world. » Pope Francis on February 8, 2019 received in audience the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of…