Category Archives: Past and Present

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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On September 8, 2019 we celebrated 150 years of our foundation. In all our communities, united to one another, we lived this day in a special way. Here are the echoes of the celebration at our generalate in Rome.

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Le jubilé de 150 ans de notre existence est une occasion de regarder notre passé avec gratitude, notre présent avec passion et notre avenir avec espérance. Les trois vidéos nous entrainent dans un voyage passionnant en nous faisant redécouvrir nos origines, notre charisme, notre mission et nous présentant la situation actuelle de nos sœurs au Canada.

On Saturday, May 11th, 2019, when the Plenary Assembly of the UISG (International Union of Superiors General) was finished, the community of Rome welcomed twenty Superiors General of the ‘Family of Our Lady of Africa’. They spent the day working with the General Council, focusing on various points of common interest. Looking back on the UISG meeting, which had as its theme ‘Sowers of Prophetic Hope’, many highlighted the awareness they had gained and the concrete commitments already made. Through these, we were equipped to raise awareness on how we can either take care of the environment or destroy it. Some examples of actions were cited: planting trees and reforestation; educate children in our schools to respect and care for creation; make people aware of how to improve their environment, especially regarding forests; support the projects of those who are working for the same cause and collaborate with them. Dialogue…

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On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the foundation of our two religious families, the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa and the Missionaries of Africa, a symposium was organized in Rome on April 4 at Urbaniana University on the theme: “Contribution of our two Institutes to the Universal Mission of the Church”. 

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