Established in 1984, the Adorno Fathers’ St. Francis Caracciolo Mission provides health, educational, and spiritual services to 80,000 people.
Located in Nyamilima near the border of Uganda, this is one of the poorest parts of Africa and has been the site of natural disaster, disease and ongoing tribal warfare.
In September 2009 a new mission church was created at the request of the Bishop of Bukavu on the Island of Idjwi, in Lake Kivu. This parish is staffed by 3 priests and one brother, all African Adornos.
In Nyamilima, the Mission oversees 15 Churches and has built 30 schools, which serve 14,000 students and employ 350 teachers. It runs St. John’s Hospital as well as four dispensaries which provide first aid and maternity care. There is also a Nutritional Center, serving the youngest children. At the Guiseppe Diurni Pastoral Center, lay people are trained to provide spiritual, civil, social, and health-related assistance. These lay people also serve as peacekeepers and local leaders.
After being devasted by a volcanic eruption in 2002, the rebuilt St. Joseph’s Seminary is now located just a block away from the former site in Goma . Twenty-eight Congolese priests and brothers, who now serve in Africa and other areas of the world, have been educated here.
In 2006, the seminary extended its apostolate by opening a free kindergarten and primary school in the city of Goma for the street children. The Gianni Diurni Primary School currently educates nearly 400 children from kindergarten through 6th grade, also providing them with one meal each day.