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Comboni Missionaries
United Kingdom and Ireland

The Comboni Missionaries are an international Catholic religious and missionary Order founded by Bishop Daniel Comboni in Verona (Italy) in 1867,
specifically to serve the missionary endeavour of the Catholic Church.
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St. Daniel Comboni  
Daniel was born in Italy in 1831. At an early age he felt a strong call to the priesthood and to take the Gospel to Africa. Africa was a continent not yet fully explored in those days, and a place where Christianity was not well known. St. Daniel led priests and lay people from different European countries to areas of Africa yet to be mapped. He founded two Institutes of men and women to attend to the needs of the Africans of his time. But, above all, he dreamed of Africans being missionaries of their own people. His motto was “to save Africa with Africa”. Now, more than 150 years later, the Comboni Missionaries with Members drawn from forty-four nationalities are present in fifty countries worldwide.
Daniel was canonised on 5th October 2003 . The special Canonisation Issue of our Comboni Magazine, commemorating this wonderful moment for the Church, provides a comprehensive summary of Saint Daniel Comboni's life and legacy. Just click the image to read it.

If you wish to know so much more, then we recommmend reading 'A Long Love Story - The Comboni Mission In South Sudan (From the beginning 1857 to 2017)' also available here in Pdf.

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Pope Francis concluded the year with five teaching on St Joseph deliverd during his Wednesday General Audiences. The last catechesis was delivered one week after the year end on 15 December - St. Joseph, man of silence.

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South Africa.  “A Missionary Parish, to reach out to many who are still far away”

The parish of St Daniel Comboni is located in the eastern part of Mamelodi, a name that means, mother of melodies, because of the concentration of musical talent offered by its inhabitants. We visited the place.

Vocation Story. Br. Alberto Parise,
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As a student of architecture, he came to Africa. The humanity of the people left a deep impression on him.  The experience not only broadened his horizon but also opened up a new way in his life. A Comboni missionary, Brother Alberto Parise talks about his vocation and missionary journey.

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This is an account of the lives of twenty-six Comboni Missionary Priests, Brothers and Sisters who died in the service of the Gospel in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Brazil and México. These were men and women who were killed while giving expression to the love taught by Jesus Christ and practiced in His name: preaching the truths and values of the Gospel; teaching the Faith; visiting and caring for the sick; comforting the afflicted; and promoting the integral development of every human person regardless of race, culture, language or religion. In front of their murderers they did not protest or fight back and, given the opportunity, they forgave their killers, reminiscent of the words of the Lord himself on the Cross on Calvary, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
1 Uganda: Fr. Luciano Fulvi
2 Uganda: Fr. Mario Mantovani
3 Uganda: Br. Godfrey Kiryowa
4 Uganda: Fr. Raffaele Di Bari
5 Uganda: Fr. William Nyadru
6 Uganda: Fr. Egidio Ferracin
7 Uganda: Fr. Egidio Biscaro
8 Uganda: Fr. Osmund Bilbao
9 Uganda: Sr. Liliana Rivetta
10 Uganda: Fr. Silvio Serri
11 Uganda: Fr. Silvio Dal Maso
12 Uganda: Fr. Antonio Fiorante
13 Uganda: Fr. Giuseppe Santi
14 Congo: Br. Carlo Mosca
15 Congo: Fr. Evaristo Migotti
16 Congo: Fr. Lorenzo Piazza
17 Congo. Fr. Antonio Zuccali
18 Congo: Fr. Remo Armani
19 South Sudan: Fr. Barnaba Deng
20 South Sudan: Fr. Angelo Arpe
21 Ethiopia: Fr. Alfredo De Lai
22 Mozambique: Sr. Teresa Dalle Pezze
23 Mozambique: Br. Alfredo Fiorini
24 Brazil: Fr. Marco Vedovato
25 Brazil: Fr. Ezekiel Ramin
26 México: Fr. Luigi Corsini
Reading or listening to proverbs, we see that African wisdom is not only rich and profound, but also that it is possible to collect and group such wisdom into great themes, highlighting the common points (and also the differences) between cultures. Many proverbs spring from an identical perception of reality, although through different images. For example: “The farmer who has never left his fields thinks that his farming system is the best” (Haussa, Nigeria), and “He who has never left his village believes that no one can prepare porridge better than his mother” (Ewé, Togo). The proverb is a way of looking at life. It is not the only way, but it has the merit of indicating a direction of travel: “One way only is no way” (Malinké, Mali). African wisdom has been handed down from generation to generation through proverbs, re-told by the griot or storyteller, from individuals who have been defined as: “tellers of the truth”, “keepers of ancient knowledge” or “people who awake the conscience”.
On June 1st 1867 the ‘Institute for the African Missions’ was founded for men, and the ‘Institute for the Missionary Sisters of Africa’ followed in 1872 to promote the role and development of women in African society. From these two Institutes, or ‘Cenacles of Apostles’, as Comboni liked to call them, Missionaries would emerge, ready to give their lives, so that the ‘Black Pearl’ (Nigricans Margarita) could be set in the diadem of the Universal Church. In 1885, four years after the death of Comboni, the ‘Institute for the African Missions’ became a Religious Congregation like the Missionary Sisters and so began the dynamic and fruitful journey of the Missionary Family that is proud to bear his name and continue his work down to the present day. Remaining faithful to the original inspiration, the Followers of Comboni have adapted to ever-changing situations and responded to many invitations from the Church. But one thing has never changed – they remain on the side of the ‘poorest and most abandoned’. Today the Comboni Missionaries, with Members drawn from forty-four different nationalities, work in fifty countries over five Continents.

1   Beginnings                                                            
2   A Dreamer - a Man of his Times                    
3   Africa and Death                                                   
4   Searching for a Way                                             
5   Plan for Regeneration of Africa                
6   Looking for Help                                                   
7   Becoming a Founder                                           
8   New Beginnings                                                  
9   Challenging the Church                                     
10  A Heart for Africa                                                 
11   Dream Fulfilled                                                    
12   Beatification to Canonization                 
13   St Daniel Comboni (1831-1881)                    
The Comboni Missionaries Today                          
Prayer for Missionaries                                             
Comboni Mission Magazine                                    
1   Start of a great Missionary Adventure         
2   The Missions in Northern Uganda                     
3   ‘Miraculous’ Powers of Fr Joseph      
4    Belonging to one big Family                             
5   Great Trials                                                            
6   Courage and Determination                              
7   A few drops of the Precious Blood                    
8   Long journey towards Beatification           
The Comboni Missionaries Today                         
Prayer for Missionaries                                            
Comboni Mission Magazine                                
We pray with the Holy Father for the whole Church and for the whole world. As we pray each mystery for a particular continent, we are embracing in faith and solidarity all its peoples. Through the Rosary, we unite ourselves with all God's children throughout the world: the millions who daily suffer the ravages of poverty, violence and injustice, the countless people to whom the Church reaches out through her missionaries. Together with Mary we ask that the Good News of Jesus Christ may be proclaimed and become alive everywhere and to all. We also pray the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest. Finally, we pray for ourselves and those dear to us and we
commend to the Father our dear ones who have died, and all the Holy Souls.
South Sudan: Living the Present with Passion
The Arab World: Choices in Life
Chad: At the Heart of the People
Kenya: The Missionary Dowser
Sudan: A Glass of Water for the Kafir
The Democratic Republic of Congo: Mission in the Forest
South Sudan: Witnesses of Hope
Kenya: Missionaries for Social Justice
Brazil: Justice on the Rails
Colombia: Mission in Conflict Zones
Peru: The Gospel along the River
Brazil: The Gospel of Mercy behind Prison Bars
Peru: Mission at the foot of the Volcano
Peru: Paths of Hope
Comboni Missionaries and Advocacy with International
Printed copies of these books and Missionary Rosaries are available from:
Comboni Missionaries
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Leeds LS18 5HE
United Kingdom
Tel.: 00 44 (0)113 258 2658

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Comboni Missionaries
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Glasgow G32 8DL
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