St. Daniel Comboni, born in Italy in 1831, perceived that the time had come for Africa to take its place in the world and reclaim its right to freedom and development in the light of the Gospel. His plan for the regeneration of Africa called for the involvement of the whole Church and the collaboration of all the Missionary Institutes, to bring Africa into the Christian world and the global community of peoples. The target was the empowerment of the Africans to become they themselves the evangelizers and the agents of development of their own continent: save Africa with Africa. Priority had to be given to the establishment of the local Church with the formation and training of the Africans as leaders, bishops and priests, technicians, engineers, teachers, medical doctors, scientists and university professors. He was nominated Pro-Vicar Apostolic of Central Africa in 1872 and Bishop in 1877. He died in Khartoum on 10th of October, 1881. Pope John Paul II proclaimed him a saint on 5th October 2003.
Source: Comboni Missionaries in Kenya
O Father, through the admirable and boundless confidence in you with which you filled the heart of Saint Daniel Comboni, Have Mercy On Us. Glory Be to The Father ......
O Father, through the spirt of sacrifice and the heroic love of the Cross that burned in the heart of Saint Daniel Comboni, Have Mercy On Us. Glory Be to The Father .....
O Father, through the ardent zeal for the poorest and most abandoned souls that inflamed the heart of Saint Daniel Comboni, Have Mercy On Us. Glory Be to The Father ....
Through the merits and intercession of Saint Daniel Comboni, who spent his entire life seeking your glory and the spreading of your Kingdom among the peoples of Africa, grant me, O Father, the grace for which I now pray .......(silent prayer). You who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
Feast Day: July 17
Feast Day: July 17