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This site is a witness to the labor, joys, and struggles of our dear priests in Africa doing God’s work on a daily basis. Our goal is to provide a window into mission life from the writings of the priests themselves. One cannot help being touched by the incredible progress made in reclaiming the Mission St. Therese from the clutches of the jungle.
This is only rivaled by the rapidly growing and joyful flock of souls hungry for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Sacraments. The grace of God and protection of Our Blessed Mother is everywhere evident. Here the faith is real and active... against all kinds of adversities, lack of conveniences, and a constant shortage of resources.
That is where you come in. If your soul is moved by what you see and discover here, we ask you to prayerfully consider whatever material support you can provide. Large or small, every donation helps and God will surely not be outdone in generosity. If you are not able to assist at this time financially, then we beg your sincere prayers for these dedicated and humble priests and the faithful that they serve.
In Mouila, Gabon, Africa
In 1988 the late Monsignor Obamba, bishop of the Diocese of Mouila, gave his predecessor’s episcopal home and surrounding grounds to the then newly founded Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. It became then the first canonically erected house of the Institute, under the name of: Saint Therese of the Infant Jesus Mission. Within a year or two however, Cardinal Piovannelli (Bishop of the Diocese of Florence, Italy) invited the Institute to establish its headquarters and seminary in Gricigliano, a beautiful Italian villa on the shores of the Arno river.
From there, the Institute, being closer to Rome, expanded rapidly, taking the international dimensions it has today. Despite no longer being the headquarters of the Institute, the Saint Therese of the Infant Jesus Mission remained the founding place, the “crib” of said Institute. However, for reasons of sickness, financial and other difficulties, the lack of a Priest to “hold down the fort” caused the Mission to close at one point. It was in 2012, as the Institute prepared to celebrate its 25th anniversary, that Prior General Msgr. Wach sent Rev. Canon Fragelli to re-open and restore the Mission. Since, by the grace of God and the protection of the Blessed Mother, it has been one of the most flourishing missions in the African continent, bringing faith and education to countless children and families of the region. This site is the story of that beautiful and blessed struggle.
Runs the kitchen, laundry and is responsible for the bakery and Mission Shop. Noeline also teaches catechism to the little ones.
Runs the “Maria Bambina” Orphanage; responsible for the Mission’s lady’s group: Our Lady of Fatima Group.
Head baker at the Mission's “Miss Natalie Bakery".
Responsible for the Discipline at our Saint Francis de Sales School. President of the Mission's Mens Group "Companions of St. Joseph"
St. Francis de Sales School
Please come to their aid by sponsoring a student of our St. Francis de Sales School. We have built and, are continuing to build, a truly Catholic school for these children. But... you know what I'm going to say: we cannot do it alone. We can NOT do it without you!
So PLEASE, for the love of God, consider supporting our Missionary school by sponsoring a child today, thus sharing your blessings with these children, some of whom have not even a home, nor a school, not even a family! God will repay you one-hundred fold.
The Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest is a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right whose goal is the honor of God and the sanctification of priests in the service of the Church and souls. Its specific aim is missionary: to spread the reign of our Lord Jesus Christ in all spheres of human life. Our work is carried out under the patronage of the Immaculate Conception, to Whom the Institute is consecrated.
The Institute was founded in 1990 by Monsignor Gilles Wach and Father Philippe Mora in Gabon, Africa, where we still have missions. Today, the motherhouse and international seminary of the Institute is located in Gricigliano, in the Archdiocese of Florence, Italy.
Recognizing the importance of a deep harmony between faith, liturgy, life, and the power of beauty in attracting the human senses to the things above, an integral part of the Institute's charism is the use of the traditional Latin Liturgy of 1962 for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the other sacraments. Great care for a solemn liturgy, complete fidelity to the doctrine of the Church and the Holy Father, and awareness of the central role of Grace, especially Charity — these are essential elements of the Institute's spirituality, which is drawn from its three co-patrons, St. Benedict, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Francis de Sales. Our motto, taken from St. Paul, is "Live the truth in charity." The Institute operates in more than fifty places in twelve countries, where our priests focus on the care of souls in many different ways. To assist our priests in their apostolic work, the Institute also has clerical oblates. In 2004, a community of religious sisters was canonically established to aid the priests in their mission through prayer and apostolic work.