THE FATHER OF AFRICAN CHRISTIANITY
“Daniel Comboni distinguished himself for his total dedication to the missionary cause for which he spoke, worked, lived and died”, it is said in the Rule ofLife (# 2) of the Comboni Missionaries. He was a trailblazer. His life is a hymn to entrepreneurship and courage. He was a man without frontiers. Armed with an unshakeable faith, an intrepid temper and an indomitable courage, he pursued the evangelisation of Central Africa—a vicariate with more than nine million km2, almost one third the size of Africa. – Continue Reading →
COME BACK, COMBONI
On the 5th October 2003, Daniel Comboni was canonised. On that occasion, Cardinal Gabriel Zubeir of Karthoum, cried out in his homily: “Come back Comboni, to where you belong!” In fact, Comboni, although born an Italian, belongs to Africa: “It was in January 1849, as a 17-year-old student in philosophy, I vowed to consecrate my whole life to the apostolate of Africa” (Writings, 4083)
FR JEREMIAS MARTINS, MCCJ – Continue Reading →
A MAN OF MANY RELATIONSHIPS
St Daniel Comboni was a towering figure of the 19th century missionary movement. He nurtured many relationships from which he learned and put at the service of his African mission
Daniel Comboni was an outstanding missionary. He was a very capable and holy person—multi-skilled and with a rare intellectual capacity. He was endowed with a broad mind, a large vision, leadership qualities and a deep-rooted spirituality. These are more than enough reasons to be proud of him as our spiritual leader and missionary guru.
BY FR JOSEPH REBELO – Continue Reading →
THE HOLINESS OF COMBONI CHALLENGES US
St Daniel Comboni is a model of missionary holiness. He challenges us to fully commit to announcing the Gospel to all the people of our time, in a special way, to the poorest and most abandoned, and make His Kingdom present
What are we celebrating on this tenth anniversary of Comboni’s canonisation? We wish to celebrate the missionary holiness of a man who was able to open his heart to the plan of God in his life, allowing himself to be transformed into a tireless worker in building up the Kingdom among those people who became the passion of his life.We are celebrating holiness expressed through openness to the will of God, shown in the specific call to consecrate his entire life to the mission. “If I abandon the idea of consecrating myself to the foreign missions, I will be a martyr for the rest of my life to the idea that germinated in my mind at least 14 years ago, and always grew, as I discovered the loftiness of the apostolate. If I embrace the idea of the missions, I make two poor parents martyrs” (Writings, 6–7).
FR ENRIQUE SÁNCHEZ G. SUPERIOR GENERAL OF THE COMBONI MISSIONARIES – Continue Reading →