General Objectives: Students will get to know and appreciate different personalities of Missionaries of Africa, who have been trail blazers and have set landmarks in the history of the Missionaries of Africa, through their actions and writings.
Course Outline: The background of the foundation of the Society of the Missionaries of Africa. Some key Missionary of Africa personalities and their leading role in the growth of the Society during the first fifty years (1868 – 1918)
Bibliography: Ceillier, C., History of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers). From the beginning of their foundation by Msgr Lavigerie until his death (1968 – 1892), Pauline Publications Africa, Nairobi, 2011. Lavigerie. C., Constitutions, Règles et Directoire de l’Institut des Missionnaires du Vénérable Géronimo, Alger, Bastide, 1869. Livinhac. L., Lettres Circulaires, 1892-1922, Imprimerie des Missionnaires d’Afrique, Alger, 1906ff, 5 vols. Shorter. A., African Recruits & Missionary Conscripts. The White Fathers and the Great War (1914-1922), Missionaries of Africa History Project, London, 2007. Wellens.S., La Société des Missionnaires d’Afrique (Pères Blancs. Ses origines et le développement de son Organisation jusqu’à la promulgation du code de Droit Canonique, Louvain, P.U.L., 1952. A selection of documents from the Archives Générales des Missionnaires d’Afrique, Rome.
Learning Outcomes: After completion of this course, the student will be able to: Outline the contribution made by each of the missionary personalities considered in the course. Point out the inspiration received from these key figures for the Missionary Society and for mission today.