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The West Africa Province

The West African Province

(Province d”Afrique Occidentale) consists of 6 French speaking countries in West Africa. Mauretania, Mali, Niger, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Togo. The Missionaries also worked for a time in Chad but we no longer have any communities there. There are at present 70 confreres originating from this province.

After initial failures to get missionaries into West Africa from the North via the Sahara, the Missionaries had to wait until the way into the Interior was “opened up” by French military action from Senegal towards the East. The Spiritan Fathers had already set up missions a long time before on the coast and were slowly moving inland. The Missionaries of Africa were given a parish in the East of Senegal, whilst the Spiritans had a parish in the extreme West of Mali. The parishes were exchanged and the Missionaries of Africa continued East into Mali and South East to what would become Burkina Faso. Eventually the Missionaries moved into Niger, which was first evangelised by the Redemptorists and into Ivory Coast which has very strong links with Burkina and recently into Togo because new vocations have begun to blossom there for the Missionaries of Africa. The Bishop of Mauretania was a Spiritan. When a Missionary of Africa was appointed as Bishop, he took a community with him.

Burkina Faso

There are confreres working in 7 dioceses in Burkina Faso.
1 community in Banfora (Parish Ministry)
1 confrere in Banfora (Ministry)
2 communities in Bobo-Dioulasso (Admin., Vocations, Parish Ministry, Novitiate)
1 confrere in Debougou (Youth Apostolate)
1 community in Dori (Parish Ministry)
1 community in Koudougou (Ministry, Media)
4 communities in Ouagadougou (Formation House – Philosophy, Provincial Admin., Parish Ministry

Ivory Coast

There are confreres working in 3 dioceses in Ivory Coast
1 community in Abidjan (Formation House – Theology)
1 community in Korhogo (Parish Ministry)
1 confrere in Yamoussoukro (retired)


There are confreres working in 5 dioceses in Mali.
5 communities in Bamako (Delegate, Dialogue, Parish Ministry)
1 confrere in Bamako (Catechetical Centre)
1 confrere in Bamako (Parish ministry)
1 community in Kayes (Parish Ministry)
1 community in Mopti ( Parish Ministry)
1 confrere in San (Catechetical Centre)
1 confrere in Sikasso (Senoufo Ministry)
1 community in Sikasso (Parish Ministry)


There is only one diocese in Mauretania
1 community (Bishop, Admin., Parish Ministry)


There are confreres working in 2 dioceses in Niger
2 communities in Maradi (Parish Ministry)
1 community in Niamey ( Parish Ministry)


There are confreres working in only 1 diocese in Togo
1 community in Atakpame (Parish Ministry, Vocations)

The Society of Missionaries of Africa (The White Fathers). England and Wales Reg charity No. 233302
The Society of Missionaries of Africa (The White Fathers) Charity registered in Scotland No. SC037981