Provincial Superior: Fr. Joseph Musanga Mumbere

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a country located in Central Africa. it is the second largest country in Africa by area and eleventh largest in the world and has a population of over 80 million. Officially, it is the most populated Francophone country, the fourth most-populated nation in Africa and the eighteenth most populated country in the world.

The Comboni Missionaries first arrived in this big country in 1963 in the diocese of lsirio-Niangara in the eastern part of the country. However, on 2nd December 1964 just one year after their arrival, four of them were killed by the members of a rebellion named “Muléliste“. So we began the history of our missionary life in Congo with four martyrs.

Today the Comboni Missionaries work in seven dioceses in the areas of First evangelization, justice and peace, formation of leaders and media. In 2014, the province celebrated its 50th anniversary. The province has 59 priests and brothers of ten nationalities who are engaged full time in abundant mission world. The original Congolese confreres are around 100. Congo is one of the provinces that gives more vocations to the institute currently.

The province also has a great collaboration in the activities of mission promotion with the Combonian sisters and the Comboni Lay missionaries. The latter offer their formation, knowledge and professional experience in the service of the mission.

At our recent General Assembly, we drew up a plan for the next six years, in the context of the 150 years of the founding of the congregation. The confreres resolved once more to live these years around the main priorities, that is, formation (ad gentes; ad extra and other forms of training). They also resolved to ”take care of the economy”. The Plan directs us towards the promotion of local economic management of our missionary activities, so that they walk and grow at the rhythm and in respect of our people, in promoting awareness of our local churches to be protagonists and first responsible for our missionary commitments and in the elaboration of realistic projects of care with the collaboration and solidarity of the whole Institute.

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