The Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (MCCJ)

The Comboni Missionaries are a Missionary Institute comprised of Religious Priests and Brothers founded by Daniel Comboni; on 1st June 1867 .  He developed a great passion to bring the Gospel to the peoples in Africa.  Even as a young child, he used to go up the hill and cry out aloud “Africa of Death”  At that time many people looked at Africa as the dark doomed continent . He went against the prejudices held against Africans.  He kept repeating that God died for the Africans too.  Besides that he believed that Africans were the best agents of their own evangelization.  This is summarized in his motto “Save Africa with Africa.”

On 15 September 1864, he had a mystical experience while in prayer at the tomb of Saint Peter and begun writing a plan for the regeneration of Africa.  He cris-crossed Europe looking for support for the African mission  On 10th October, 1881 the then Bishop Comboni died saying “I die but my work will never die” His prophecy proved true.  In spite of terrible sufferings and series of deaths, his missionaries never gave up. They established hundreds of mission stations in Egypt and in the Sudan  They arrived in Uganda on 17th. February, 1910 at Pakwach. From there they established the Catholic Church in all the Northern dioceses of Arua, Nebbi, Gulu, Lira, Moroto, Kotido.
 
Today world wide there are about 1800 Comboni Missionaries working in 44 different countries.  The Charism of the Congregation is serving the Poorest and Most abandoned in a holistic way.  Their main concentration is frontline evangelization in places where the gospel is least known.  They are involved in Parish work, Human promotion, Justice and Peace, Social Media, Mission Animation, formation of the leaders of the local church and the Formation of future Comboni Missionaries.
 
In Uganda there are presently106 Comboni Missionaries working in 25 different places.  44 Ugandans  so far have become Comboni Missionaries and are serving in different parts of Africa, Europe Latin America and USA.

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