Missionaries of Africa: Ipusukilo Mission

Missionaries of Africa

Ipusukilo Mission

 

The Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) founded Ipusukilo mission in 1914, but it did not really get underway until after the conclusion of World War I.  The mission is located on the banks of the Lufubu river in the Luwingu District of Northern Province of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia).  The White Fathers transferred control of the mission to the Salesians (Roman Catholic religious order) in 1986.  The Salesians, in turn, handed the mission over to the local Kasama Archdiocese in 1992. 

The diocese continues to operate the mission, which includes the Ipusukilo mission school.

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  • Christian Missionaries and the Creation of Northern Rhodesia 1880-1924 – R.I. Rotberg
  • Salesian Newslink
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Missionaries of Africa

Missionaries of Africa

The Society of Missionaries of Africa (Missionari d’ Africa) – also known as the “White Fathers” (Pères Blancs) – is a Roman Catholic international missionary society of priests and brothers founded in 1868 by the first Archbishop of Algeria, later Cardinal Lavigerie. The name “White Fathers” comes from their religious habit (dress), which resembles the traditional clothing worn in North Africa – a white tunic (gandoura) and hooded cape (burnoose). Their sole missionary focus is Africa – primarily central Africa. 

In 1878 its members founded the first Catholic missions in the Rift Valley lakes region of then German East Africa (present-day Burundi, Rwanda and large part of Tanzania).  From there, the White Fathers moved south and entered the high plateau of North-Eastern Rhodesia, beginning first with the Mambwe peoples in 1891.

Kayambi (Kayambe) Mission was established 1895, prior to the effective rule of the British South Africa Company.  The White Fathers next turned their attention to the more numerous Bemba (BaBemba) peoples.  Under the leadership of Bishop Dupont, the White Fathers sought influence with Chief Mwamba. Upon his death, they secured favorable access to the Bemba territory (sometimes referred to as “Bembaland”), establishing missions at Chilubula and Chilonga in 1899.

As of 2018, there were 1200 White Father missionaries in Africa.

Missions

Northern Rhodesia
  • 1895 – Kayambi
  • 1899 – Chilubula
  • 1899 – Chilonga
  • 1903 – Chilubi
  • 1905 – Kapatu
  • 1905 – Lubwe
  • 1914- Ipusukilo
  • 1922 – Rosa
  • 1922 – Malole

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This backing has been identified by the K Ltd logo as being used between 1918-1936.

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