The 'Tesöl' - Institute for Comboni Missionaries

It is a big honour for our little village, that Daniele Comboni, the founder of the Institutes for Comboni Missionaries, was born in Limone. For this we heartily suggest a visit in the "Tesöl", where you can get a good idea of his life, his work and you can simply relax in the special and calm atmosphere you find in this place. To make his dream come true, which is to "save Africa through Africa", he did not hesitate to involve the whole church because he was convinced that his dream could only come true by the hand of god. In those times, this was seen as a bold undertaking. But it was sustained by his unshakeable faith and his love which did not know frontiers which both brought him to bear high risks during his expeditions. The difficulties he found on his way did not stop him at all and his slogan "O Nigrizia O Morte", which means to help Africans through their own hands, at the end brought him to found in the year 1867 the Institute for the missions for Africans" and in 1872 the institute of the pious mothers of Africans. His apostolic mission took all his strength and his life and so on the 10th October 1881 he died in Khartoum (Sudan) of fevers and fatigue. The activities of the institutes he founded continued with much success and nearly one hundred years later in 1969 the Institute for female layman Comboni Missionaries was founded and in 1990 the Layman Comboni Missionares came to life. For his work, Daniele Comboni was beatified by the Pope John Paul II in the Saint Peter Cathedral in Rome on the 17th March 1996 and sanctified on 5th Ocotber 2003. At the "Tesöl" you can also visit the native house of Monsignor Comboni, in a very simple adobe which consists of a kitchen that was used like a "Stube", the bedroom of his parents and the childrens bedroom. On the wall you find all the letters he wrote back to his parents from Africa. The chapel under the flat was constructed later and replaced the former woodstore of the family. Here you can admire the altar made of olivewood, the tabernacle of wrought iron and the woodcraft of the famous South Tirolian artist Paul Mussner who made the Holy Family, the Holy Cross and the reading desk. The memorial gallery shows you what Monsignor Comboni found when he first came to Africa, how slavery influenced Africas history and developement and what became of the third world countries in general.
It is also possible to know the life and the project of Saint Daniele Comboni through a multimedial experience divided in five parts. This multimedial itinerary is open every day, from 8.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 3.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m..
After your visit you should tour the characteristic park that surrounds the abbey. A little further up you may find a small place where you can admire the most marvellous view over Limone and Lake Garda.
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