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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.
Read about the history of the London Province.
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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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The Year of St. Joseph has end
but devotion to our patron continues
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.

Africa interprets “Fratelli tutti” for the world.
As sweet as Ubuntu
“If I am because we are, then true fraternity leaves no one behind, because we are saved together and are responsible for the life of all”. Africa has something unique to offer to help reverse the ill-fated drift of modern world.

Sudan. Missionaries involved in education.
Since the start of the evangelisation of Sudan, education has been a priority for missionaries. And continues to be so for the local Church.
            A warm morning in Khartoum. In the heavy chaotic traffic, we can only drive slowly. Our destination is a technical school but we are not sure of its exact location. Then we stop to ask a young lad who is selling water by the roadside. As soon as he hears the word Comboni, he immediately shows us the way.

South Sudan. The tenderness of God.

“As missionaries, we try to share as much as possible the life of our people, creating situations of reconciliation and forgiveness”.

We live in the village of Nyal, in the county of Painjiar, in South Sudan where one can come only by using the helicopters of the World Food Programme (WFP).

Comboni Lay Missionaries.
Getting involved.

It is more than 30 years since the Comboni Family has been enriched by the presence of lay people, both single and married who decide to dedicate a period of their lives to work in the mission. Alberto de la Portillas, the general coordinator of the Comboni Lay Missionaries explains what it is about.

latest magazine

Winter 2020
Featuring: CHAD
Autumn 2020
Featuring: St. Peter Claver
Summer 2020
Featuring: Uganda - Fr. Giuseppe Ambrosili
Spring 2020
Featuring: Francis Van Thuan - Hero of Faith
Winter 2019
Featuring: Educating towards freedom in Malawi
Autumn 2019
Featuring: Servant of God - Ezekiel Ramin
Spring 2019
Featuring: Francis Van Thuan - Hero of Faith
Winter 2018
Featuring: Nuba church - Southern Sudan
Autumn 2018
Featuring: Brazil - The value of Life
Summer 2018
Featuring: Peru - Fr. Conrado Franco
Spring 2018
Featuring: Ministering in an Arabic-Islamic State
Winter 2017
Featuring: Uganda - Radio Pacis
Autumn 2017
Featuring: To save Africa with Africa
Summer 2017
Featuring: Migrants and Detainees in London
Spring 2017
Featuring: Charles de Foucauld
Winter 2016
Featuring: India - Mother Teresa
Autumn 2016
Ivory Coast - Lost childhood to chocolate
Summer 2016
Featuring: Dr. Edric Baker - a modern-day saint
Spring 2016
Featuring: Philippines, Kuya Centre for street children
Winter 2015
Featuring: Love the Earth as Yourself
Autumn 2015
Featuring: Mission Martyrs
Summer 2015
Featuring: Mexico - On the side of Migrants
Spring 2015
Featuring: Malawi - Chaplaincy in prisons
Winter 2014
Featuring: Hospital Saint Joseph
of Monrovia (Liberia)
Autumn 2014
Featuring: Venerable Maria Giuseppa Scandola
Summer 2014
Featuring: Volunteering in Uganda
Spring 2014
Featuring: Bangladesh - Slaves in tea paradise
Winter 2013
Featuring: The Holiness of Comboni
Autumn 2013
Featuring: The HART Report
Summer 2013
Featuring: Fr Arrupe - devotion to the Sacred Heart.
Spring 2013
Featuring: Father Kizito
Winter 2012
Featuring: Glasgow school helps build
Malawi’s future
Autumn 2012
Featuring: Massacre in the Congo
Summer 2012
Featuring: Writing from Bolivia
Spring 2012
Featuring: Fr. Bob McCahill - Cyclist for the poor
Winter 2011
Featuring: World Youth Day - Madrid
Autumn 2011
Featuring: A New SUDAN
Summer 2011
Featuring: AMSUDAN - Aid for Missionaries in Sudan
Spring 2011
Featuring: Radio Bakhita
Winter 2010
Featuring: Beatification of
John Henry Newman
Autumn 2010
Featuring: Artist Janet McKenzie
Summer 2010
Featuring: St. Josephine Bakhita
Spring 2010
Featuring: The Priest of Paraguay
Winter 2009
Featuring: Erirea - the Regime seen close-up
Spring 2009
Featuring: Fr. Egidio Tocalli - priest and doctor
Autumn 2009
Featuring: Sr Aloysius McVeigh - iconographer
Summer 2009
Featuring: Pope Benedict XVI first visit to Africa
Winter 2008
Featuring: Rushere Parish (Uganda)
Autumn 2008
Featuring: Comboni Sisters in Bethany
Summer 2008
Featuring: Mary's Meals
Spring 2008
Featuring: Working for Jutice and peace in the USA
Winter 2007
Featuring: New Mission at Home
Autumn 2007
Featuring: The Church in China
Summer 2007
Featuring: Mundari people - South Sudan
The Quarterly Magazine From The Comboni Missionaries
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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
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).
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.
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
Brownberrie Lane
Leeds LS18 5HE
United Kingdom
Tel.: 00 44 (0)113 258 2658

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Comboni Missionaries
138 Carmyle Avenue
Glasgow G32 8DL
United Kingdom
Tel.: 00 44 (0)141 641 4399

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