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A modern dictionary of 5,679 Catholic terms (including abbreviations), both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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WHITE FATHERS

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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.