Comboni founded two Institutes, one for men and one for women. A man of strong personality and a saint, endowed with his own charism, recognised by the Church, inspired also other foundations and movements. Today the Comboni Families are four.
The first name, given by the Founder in 1867, was Institute for the Missions of Nigritia (i.e. Africa). In 1885 it became a religious Congregation under the name of Sons of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (FSCJ). After the first world war the Congregation split into two branches: the Italian group kept the name of FSCJ, the German group took the name Missionaries Sons of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MFSC). The present name was adopted in 1979, after the reunion of the two branches. Today it numbers approximately 1700 members, present in over 30 countries. Their identity is specified by the Rule of Life. The website, www.comboni.org, is their place of presentation.
Founded by Comboni in 1972 with the name of Pious Mothers of the Nigritia (i.e. Africa), are an exclusively missionary Institute of women consecrated to God for the mission ad gentes, according to the prophetic intuition of Comboni who felt the need to integrate consecrated women in the evangelising mission of the Church.
They are present in Africa, North and South America and Asia.They come from 33 nations, work in 30 countries in four continents and are over 1500.
Comboni Lay Missionaries (CLM)
The centrality of mission and with it the role of the laypeople, the ministerial service of the Church and the Comboni charism lived in a "lay" dimension, Comboni's example and the demand of the new mission, are the main criteria and motivations which animate the Comboni Lay Missionaries (CLM). The CLM are single or married people who participate in the Mission of the Church according to the charism of Comboni.
The CLM are at present around fifty, committed to missionary services in Brazil, Centrafrique, Guatemala, Ecuador, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Chad, South Africa and Uganda. They come from various Comboni provinces in Europe and America.
In ever greater number, they commit themselves to activities of mission promotion in their Churches of origin, in cooperation with the Comboni communities.
Their formation Centres are in Italy, Germany, Portugal, USA, Mexico, Peru and Brazil.
The reasons for their existence are the coming of the Kingdom and the promotion of human and Christian values. They share - as laywomen - the situations of the life of the people of their times in order to leaven the human situations and orient them towards the Gospel. They spend their lives announcing the Good News to those who do not know it yet.