African Saints: Saints, Martyrs, and Holy People from the Continent of Africa


Africa is a deeply spiritual continent and yet has relatively few canonized saints. This book shares the wonderful and often heroic stories of people of faith from the continent of Africa.

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Africa is a deeply spiritual continent and yet has relatively few canonized saints. This book shares the wonderful and often heroic stories of people of faith from the continent of Africa.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824519711
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
King Afonso I (Mvemba Nzinga) 15
Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir Aggrey, West African Educator 18
Archbishop Peter J. Akinola, Nigeria 21
Roland Allen, Missionary, Mission Theorist 24
St. Anthony of Egypt, Hermit, Abbot 27
Nana Asma'u, West African Islamic Religious Poet 29
St. Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, Teacher of the Faith 31
St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church, North African Bishop 34
St. Augustine's Unnamed Partner and Their Son, Godsend 37
St. Josephine Bakhita, Religious, Former Slave, Sudan and Italy 39
Stephen Biko, South African Political Activist, Martyr 41
Lott Cary, First American Black Missionary to Liberia, Governor of Liberia 44
Eugene Casalis, French Protestant Missionary to Basutoland 46
St. Catherine of Alexandria, Martyr 48
Mother Cecile, South African Religious Educator 50
John Chilembwe, Central African Pastor-Revolutionary 52
Clement of Alexandria, Father of the Church 55
Francois Colliard, French Missionary to South Africa 57
Daniel Comboni, Missionary Bishop to Egypt and the Sudan, Founder of the Comboni Missionary Congregations 59
Ernest Creux and Paul Berthoud, Swiss Missionaries to South Africa 62
Samuel Ajayi Crowther, African Bishop of the Niger Territories 64
Alexander Crummell, "Missionary at Large of the Colored People," Liberia, Sierra Leone 67
St. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, Martyr 69
St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church 71
The Desert People 73
Olaudah Equiano, Freed Slave and Author 75
Farid Esack, South African Muslim 78
Sts. Felicitas and Perpetua and Companions, Martyrs at Carthage 80
Gonville ffrench-Beytagh, Dean of Johannesburg Cathedral, Human Rights Prisoner 83
Charles de Foucauld, Hermit and Martyr in the Sahara 85
Mohandas K. Gandhi, Nonviolent Religious Leader, Martyr 88
Pope Gelasius I 90
Robert Gray, Bishop of the Church of the Province of South Africa 91
Hagar, Slave Woman of Egypt, and Her Son, Ishmael 93
James Hannington, Bishop and Martyr 95
Imam Abdullah Haron, Islamic Leader, Murdered by South African Police 97
The Prophet Harris (William Wade Harris), Evangelist, Liberia and Ivory Coast 99
Trevor Huddleston, "Bishop Trevor of Sophiatown" 102
St. Anne-Marie Javouhey, Founder, Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, Missionary to Africa 105
John Kaiser, Priest, Murdered in Kenya 107
Khama Boikano, South African Chief and Christian Leader 109
Simon Kimbangu, Imprisoned Congolese Religious Leader, Founder of Kimbanguist Church 111
Apolo Kivebulaya, East African Pastor and Missionary 114
Festo Kivengere, Ugandan Bishop and Evangelist 117
Joseph Kiwanku, First African Roman Catholic Bishop of Modern Times 119
Lactantius, Christian Apologist, North Africa 121
Charles Martial Allemand Lavigerie, Primate of Africa, Founder of the White Fathers and Sisters 123
Francois Libermann, French Catholic Missionary 125
David Livingstone, Missionary, Explorer, Abolitionist 127
Dr. Matthew Lukwiya, Ugandan Physician, Ebola Victim 129
Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli, Zulu Chief, Nobel Prize Laureate 131
Janani Luwum, Archbishop of Uganda, Martyr 133
The Martyrs of the Christian Fraternity, Buta, Burundi 136
The Martyrs of Uganda 138
Manche Masemola, South African Martyr 140
St. Miltiades, Pope and Martyr 142
Bernard Mizeki, Catechist and Martyr 143
Robert Moffat, South African Missionary, Bible Translator 145
Monica, Mother of Augustine 147
Alice Mulenga Lenshina, Visionary, Evangelist 148
Valliamma Munusamy, Teenage Martyr, South Africa 150
Marc Nikkel, Apostle to Sudan's Oppressed 152
Christinah Ma (Mother) Nku, South African Healer 154
Ntsikana, Xhona Christian Prophet 156
Origen, North African Teacher and Church Father 158
St. Pachomius, Founder of Coptic Monasticism 160
Alan Paton, Writer 162
Franz Pfanner, Monk, Missionary to South Africa 164
John Philip, Missionary in South Africa 166
Albie Sachs, Jewish South African Human Rights Activist, Supreme Court Justice 168
Albert Schweitzer, Missionary, Medical Doctor, Humanitarian 171
Leopold Sedar Senghor, Senegalese Poet-President 173
Shamima Shaikh, South African Muslim and Cancer Victim 175
Simon of Cyrene 177
Mary Slessor ("Ma"), Missionary in Calabar 178
Tiyo Soga, First Black Presbyterian Minister Ordained for South Africa 180
Blessed Cyprian Iwene Tansi, Priest and Monk, Southern Nigeria 182
Tertullian, North African Christian Teacher 185
Desmond Tutu, Archbishop, Nobel Prize Laureate 187
Henry Venn, Missionary Statesman 189
Victor I, Pope and Saint 191
Victor of Vita, North African Bishop, Church Historian 192
Kimpa Vita (Dona Beatriz) 193
John White, Missionary to the Mashona People of South Africa 196
Salim Wilson, The Black Evangelist of the North 198
Zeno of Verona, Bishop and Saint 200
African Diary 201
African Prayers, Proverbs, and Wise Sayings 211
Notes 229
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