"Here is our mission: to go up the mountain to pray for everyone and to come down from the mountain to be a  gift  to all."

pdfPope Francis' Homily

 

EXTRAORDINARY MISSIONARY MONTH

OCTOBER 2019

 

"Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World"  is the theme chosen by Pope Francis for the Extraordinary Missionary Month. Awakening the awareness of the missio ad gentes, and reinvigorating the sense of responsibility for proclaiming the Gospel with new enthusiasm, are themes that combine the pastoral concern of Pope Benedict XV in his Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud, published 100 years ago, with the missionary vitality expressed by Pope Francis in his recent Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium: “Missionary action is the paradigm of every work of the Church.” (EG 15)

 How to Live the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019
There are four dimensions, specified by Pope Francis, to live more intensely the journey of preparation for the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019:

  1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ alive in His Church through the Eucharist, the Word of God, personal and communal prayer;
  2. Testimony: missionary saints, martyrs and confessors of the faith, as an expression of the Church scattered throughout the world;
  3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual and theological;
  4. Missionary charity.

Message of Pope Francis on World Mission Day 2019 Full Text  

 

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Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019   Website  

 

People in love never stand still: they are drawn out of themselves; they are attracted and attract others in turn; they give themselves to others and build relationships that are life-giving. As far as God’s love is concerned, no one is useless or insignificant. Each of us is a mission to the world, for each of us is the fruit of God’s love. 

This missionary mandate touches us personally: I am a mission, always; you are a mission, always; every baptized man and woman is a mission. 

Pope Francis

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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                             SeasonofCreation.org       pdfA Great Act of Love         

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MAY 2019 - MAY 2020 LAUNCHING of THE YEAR OF ABBOT FRANCIS PFANNER

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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Provincials' Meeting at Heilig Bloed, the Netherlands

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Farewell from the Motherhouse!  The Provincial/Regional Superiors’ Meeting of 2019 has come to an end at Heilig Bloed, the Netherlands.  It was a time of grace and blessing for the General Leadership Team and the Provincial/Regional Superiors of DR Congo, Europe, East Africa, Eastern Cape, Korea, Mariannhill, Mozambique, North America and Zimbabwe-Zambia.  We thank you all for your prayer support and all who assisted us in so many ways.  Special thanks to our Sisters in the Motherhouse for your prayers, for your simple, joyful witness and for making us feel so much at home.  Dank u wel!!

pdfNewsletter 1          pdfNewsletter 2          pdfFinal Newsletter

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