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.
We members of the Congregation of the Missionaries of Mariannhill (CMM) must be very proud that our own Abbot Francis Pfanner, the founder of the famous Mariannhill Monastery, and his co-missionaries are highly featured in the important history of the Catholic Church in South Africa
The Italian priest known as Masusumetsa “was a great friend of South Africa, and its people”. These were the words of Nelson Mandela, in remembrance of Fr Michele D’Annucci after the priest’s violent death.
It is wonderful that The Southern Cross is highlighting the apostolate of the remarkable Abbot Francis Pfanner. What a magnificent man! With fearless courage, deep piety and indefatigable energy, this visionary made a beautiful Mariannhill domain in the lovely hills of the Drakensberg.
Inspired by the first Apostles, 72 members of Neocatechumenal Way of South Africa went on a ten-day mission, journeying without means in pairs.