"As we begin the New Year, may we discover anew that faith demands worship. If we can fall on our knees before Jesus, we will overcome the temptation to set off on our own path.

For worship involves making an exodus from the greatest form of bondage: slavery to oneself.

Worship means putting the Lord at the centre, not ourselves. It means giving things their rightful place, and giving the first place to God.

Worship means making God’s plan more important than our personal time, our entitlements and our spaces.

It is to accept the teaching of Scripture: “You shall worship the Lord your God” (Mt 4:10). Your God: worship means realizing that you and God belong together to one another. It means being able to speak to him freely and intimately. It means bringing our lives to him and letting him enter into them. It means letting his consolation come down to earth.

Worship means discovering that, in order to pray, it is enough to say: “My Lord and my God!”, and to let ourselves be pervaded by his tender love."  (Pope Francis, Solemnity of the Epiphany 2020)

pdfFull text of Pope Francis' Homily, Solemnity of the Epiphany 2020



53rd World Day of Peace, 1 January 2020

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On 1 January 2020, the 53rd World Day of Peace, the Community of Sant'Egidio organized its annual March for Peace, supporting the message of Pope Francis: "Peace as a journey of hope: dialogue, reconciliation and ecological conversion.   "The world is our "common home" and we are all called to take care of it.  There are too many wars still going on and those who suffer most of all are the poor. They have the right to peace through dialogue and reconciliation.  We must also take care of all the lands wounded by the exploitation of nature that await an ecological conversion".  (Sant'Egidio



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Celebrating Abbot Francis Pfanner in Langen, Austria - October 2019

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The Extraordinary Missionary Month of October began in a truly extraordinary way with the opening and blessing of the Abt Pfanner Haus in Langen, Austria, the birthplace of our Father Founder.  On October 5-6, 2019, Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood (CPS) from Austria, Germany, the  Netherlands and Rome, the Missionaries of Mariannhill (CMM) and the people of Langen celebrated with joy and thanksgiving the life of Abbot Francis.  Rain did not dampen the festivities which included a special evening prayer on Saturday prepared by our Sisters from Austria and a festive Sunday mass at the parish to commemorate Father Founder's 110th Death Anniversary.

Click here for photos from Saturday, 5 October 2019    and   Sunday, 6 October 2019    (from the CMM German Province) 


5 October 2019  Evening Prayer

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 pdfIf no one goes, I go!   Evening Prayer Reflection

 pdfWenn keiner geht, gehe ich!   (original German text) 

 pdfRosary Reflection based on Abbot Francis' Life

 pdfRosenkranz mit Lebensgeheimnissen unseres Grunders   (original German text)


6 October 2019  Mass Commemorating the 110th Death Anniversary of Abbot Francis

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 pdfAbbot Francis, the Bridge Builder - Homily of Fr. Thulani Mbuyisa, CMM

        mp3 Audio - Homily of Fr. Thulani Mbuyisa, CMM        


Visit to the Family Home of Abbot Francis Pfanner

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September 1 - October 4, 2019 Season of Creation

The Season of Creation begins on September 1st, the World Day of Prayer for Creation, and ends on October 4th, the Feast Day of St. Francis. The theme for 2019 is “the web of life.”  Each species reveals the glory of the Creator.  We honor the Creator by loving creation and one other.

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We regard creation as a gift filled with God's spirit and created for God's praise.  We support a culture which respects life, preserves creation and uses the world's natural resources responsibly. (Const. 218)

 Laudato Si                          pdfA Great Act of Love         

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It was on the 18th of May 2019 when the Congregation of the Missionaries of Mariannhill (CMM), the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood (CPS), and the faithful of Umzimkulu Diocese, Kokstad Diocese, Mariannhill Diocese, Archdiocese of Durban and other dioceses came together in South Africa to celebrate the life and works of Abbot Francis Pfanner and to launch a special year commemmorating his 110th Death Anniversary.

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Read the article and view some photos from Fr. Thamsanqa Njiyela CMM, the Director of the Promotion Team for the Beatification of Abbot Francis: pdf110th Death Anniversary of Abbot Francis

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"As we begin the New Year, may we discover anew that faith demands worship. If we can fall on our knees before Jesus, we will overcome the temptation to set off on our own path.