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Carmelite Missions in Bangui Central Africa

Carmelite Missions in Bangui Central Africa

Rev. Fr. Anastasio Roggero O.C.D.

Order of Carmelites Discalced

Rector – Church of Our Lady Victorious – Prague Czech Republic

Home of the Original Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague

One of the Pioneers of the Carmelite Mission in the Central African Republic

The Street Children of Bangui

I meet everyday on my frequent trips to Bangui. “I am hungry” is their greeting. “No shoes” they point at their bare feet. I see them in their torn dresses. Often they are sick but the medicines are very costly. Stealing is the only way of survival.

We the Discalced Carmelite Friars from the Church of Our Lady Victorious in Prague Czech Republic (Home of the Original Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague) have been working in the Central African Republic since the year 1971. We have formed five centres in the Northwest part of the country and one in the capital Bangui, in the South.

Carmelite Missions in Bangui

In the year 1998, we bought in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, a 40-hectare piece of land that has gradually been expanded to 111 hectares. In the middle of the land that is located near the airport, lies a hill and in the year 2003 a sign “Carmel” was placed on its slope, which is very well visible from the airplane (the letters made of stone are 12 meters long). From there is a beautiful view of the entire plantation and of the city. This mission will soon become a part of the town that is spreading in this direction and wants to be the spiritual centre but at the same time provide work and bread to the families of the capital city. We would like to do something to support our centres in Africa through Africa itself. According to the statistics, Central African Republic is importing 75% of the oil used for the nutrition of the inhabitants.

In the Republic of Central Africa like in many other developing countries one has to pay the state schools. For this reason most of the parents choose and send to school those who are more able. Those less capable are excluded and often angrily leave their family and remain on the streets day and night. They look for food among the garbage, among the rubbish from the hotels with great risk to their health.

To offer some help to some of these marginalized children I have developed an initiative that has a success in Bangui, Capital, where the soil is most fertile and rain is abundant. Some plants, three years after the sowing, reach a height of five to six meters. Precious seeds from trees fall and nobody collects them for they do not appreciate their value. But from the seed you get trees that give precious firewood like kerosene given the majority use firewood in their kitchens transported to the capital by carts pulled by hand for many kilometers. I invite the boys to collect the seed and pay them handsomely. They now instead of telling me I am hungry bring me sacks of seed, they eat by the profit from their work and appreciate the value of the seeds and trees.

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Rev. Fr. Anastasio Roggero OCD

Tel. +420 257 533 646

Klášter Pražského Jezulátka
Karmelitská 9,
118 00 Praha 1 – Malá Strana


Prague, Czech Republic

Photos of the Carmelite Missions in Bangui Central African Republic

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