Also known as the Missionaries of Our Lady of Africa of Algeria (M. Afr.). A society of secular priests and coadjutor brothers living in community and devoted to missionary work in Africa. Founded in 1868 in Algiers by Cardinal Charles M Lavigerie, the first archbishop of Algeria, for the immediate care and instruction of Arab children orphaned by the famine of 1867, and for the general purpose of converting all Africa; its constitutions were approved 19081921. Known as the White Fathers until 1984. Not, strictly speaking, a religious order, its members lead the community life and are governed by a superior-general residing at Maison-Carree, near Algiers. Generalate located in Rome, Italy.