Priests & Brothers
The Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (mccj), faithful to the vocation they received are committed to the Church’s mission, and endeavor to be witnesses of the Gospel through an attitude of collaboration and dialogue with other cultures and religions. In this way, we are promoters of a world that is more just and fraternal. As an Institute exclusively missionary within the Roman Catholic Church, we welcome young men who want to dedicate their lives in service of the Kingdom of Life in the areas of our world where the signs of death abound.
The vocation to missionary life is first and foremost a response to God’s call and the Gospel challenge, “Go out to all the world and proclaim the Good News” (Mk 16:15). It’s a sobering thought to think that two thousand years after Jesus walked the face of the earth, the majority of the world’s people still await the proclamation of the Kingdom of God!
The missionary vocation calls for desire to serve and for us, it means to grow in solidarity with the poor. St. Comboni’s passion was for the “poorest and most abandoned.” This calls for an adventurous spirit but above all, a trusting spirit! We learn from, love and respect the culture of the country in which we are sent. The Comboni Missionary helps form local leaders and animates the local churches with a missionary spirit.
The Missionary Vocation
We are consecrated Brothers and Priests from many countries, constantly moving and growing, encountering diverse peoples and cultures. Though the missionary does spend some time in his home country, he is open to being sent wherever the Lord leads him – ultimately finding his “home” in the Word of God. The Comboni Missionary Brother realizes his vocation by actively participating in the building up and development of the human and Christian family. He does this through his profession (be it doctor, laborer, lawyer, teacher, etc.).
The missionary witness is translated for the Comboni Missionary in a particular way of living the mission, according to a precise methodology, concrete and valiant. The fundamental elements of this way of life come from the words of St. Daniel Comboni. Candidates to the Comboni Missionaries, with the help of God, conform their lives to that of Christ, the Good Shepherd with the Pierced Heart, according to this charism of St. Comboni that continues and expresses itself in the Institute of the MCCJ.
Learn more about becoming a Comboni Missionary priest or brother by contacting Fr. Chris Aleti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“To Save Africa with Africa” – St. Comboni had his sights on the poor of Africa, but we live this phrase which signifies having respect to the culture and religion of the human groups to which we are sent, where ever that may be. We manifest a great confidence in the people and respect for them, so that they may become protagonists of their own process of liberation and evangelization.
“To Make Common Cause with the People” – This signifies having a life style that is simple, to share the joys and sorrows with those considered “least,” and to be prophetic voices for those who have no voice. Making common cause with the poor implies sharing in their destiny, which can at times lead to persecution and even martyrdom.
“To Evangelize as a Community.” – This signifies living as apostles, meaning that we do not only witness by ourselves alone but even more authentically and powerfully as a community; united in prayer and in work, and searching together for the most effective service to the people. Being communities that are international is itself a challenge but an added dimension as well of our catholic witness.
Our life, a Missionary’s life, is a combination of grief and enjoyment, exhaustion and hope, suffering and consolation. We work with our hands and our heads; we travel on foot and in canoes. We study, we sweat, we suffer, we rejoice. This is all that Providence wants of us.
St. Daniel Comboni