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Term

WHITE FATHERS

Definition

The Society of Missionaries of Africa, founded in Algiers in 1868 by Archbishop Charles Lavigerie (1825-92). Its members are priests and brothers, forming a society of common life, whose principal apostolate is the evangelization of Africa. A community of White Sisters was also founded by Lavigerie in 1869 and reorganized by Pope St. Pius X in 1909.