Daniel Comboni, took part in the missionary expedition of the Institute of Don Mazza. After a lengthy voyage on the Nile, he reached the missionary station of the Holy Cross in the heart of Africa on February 14,1858.
After the first African encounter, Comboni returned home exhausted. He had lived through a deep human and apostolic experience. He had watched his companions die one by one creating a deep void around him. His passion for Africa however emerged invigorated. His thoughts, love and energy were evermore turned towards the cause of the regeneration of Africa.
On September 15,1864, while Comboni was praying at the Tomb of St. Peter, he conceived his Plan for the regeneration of Africa with a view to involve the entire Church in his missionary activity and to promote the conversion of Africa by means of Africa, trusting that the Africans themselves would be the agents of their own salvation.
In order to put into effect the Plan, Comboni founded in Verona his own missionary Institutes: the Institute for African Missions – MCCJ (June 1st., 1867) and the Institute of Pie Madri della Nigrizia – SMC (January 1, 1872). Read more…
– “His passion for Africa however emerged invigorated. His thoughts, love and energy were evermore turned towards the cause of the regeneration of Africa”.