Category Archives: Past and Present

From December 8, 2018 to December 8, 2019, the Society of Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) and Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa (White Sisters), are celebrating 150 years of history.

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On April 6 and 7, 2019, seventeen Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa went on a pilgrimage to Plouguerneau, in Brittany, France, where our first superior general Mother Marie Salomé (Renée Roudaut) grew up.

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On February 8, 2019 Pope Francis received the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa and the Missionaries of Africa in a short private audience at the Vatican on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of our founding.

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In Rome, on 26th of January 2019, as part of the commemorations of the Jubilee Year of our Foundation and of that of the Missionaries of Africa, Cardinal Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, presided over a Solemn Mass in the Saint Louis des Français Church where Cardinal Charles Lavigerie our founder was ordained Bishop in March 1863.

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Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa (White Sisters) and Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) celebrate the Jubilee of 150 years since their foundation by Cardinal Lavigerie. In different countries of the world where our sisters and brothers are present we organized celebrations to open the jubilee year.

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On the occasion of the 150 years since our foundation, a special walking route and a guide have been prepared in the Netherlands to help discover the heritage of our two Institutes: the Missionaries of Africa and the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa.

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On the 16th of December we gathered at the cathedral in Tunis to officially launch the 150 jubilee year celebration.

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The second day of the pilgrimage took us to Thibar, a village in the mountains where the first White Fathers arrived in 1895 and the White Sisters in 1902.

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The opening celebrations of the Jubilee Year began with a 3-day pilgrimage. The first item on the itinerary was both a discovery and a spiritual step in the footsteps of the ancient church of Africa, of Lavigerie and the White Fathers and White Sisters in Tunisia.

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