Category: Christian Mission

How the first SA-Founded Religious Order Came to Be

In only three years Francis Pfanner had become world-famous. In 1885 Mariannhill was given the status of an abbey, and Pfanner was consecrated its first mitred abbot. The abbot was passionate about spreading the benefits of education and Christianity further afield. Soon a network of mission churches sprang up through southern Natal, each on farmland that was sufficient to feed its congregants.

St Joseph’s Theological Institute: Formation for Mission and Ministry Conference

St Joseph’s Theological Institute will hold its fifth academic conference from April 5-7 at its campus in Cedara, near Pietermaritzburg. This year’s theme is “Formation for Mission and Ministry”, relating to the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment to be held in Rome in October.

The Vagabond of God

By Didier Rance – The  life and work of John Bradburne, the Vagabond of God , who was killed in 1979 in what is now Zimbabwe, had a powerful impact on me. I came to him late, indeed, after I had been working for more than 30 years studying the Catholic martyrs of our time.

SA Mercy Pilot Asks For Prayers

An October e-mail was received from a South African charter pilot to the Central African Republic. He flies for global humanitarian organisations who “help the locals tremendously. The aircraft getting these supplies out to the people are the lifeblood of the country — without them they would have nothing. We are almost their only hope.”