The Pfanner Lay Mission Companion (PLMC) was established by the Congregation of the Mariannhill Missionaries (CMM) and the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood (CPS) in 1996.
PLMC is made up of dedicated women, mend and families who:
- Have been called to follow Jesus through a commitment in another culture or country where they will create solidarity links and where they will assist in making the Kingdom of God more visible
- Are sent elsewhere by their local Church to live and ecclesial experience and thus help to build bridges between the two Christian communities to which they belong
- Are invited when they return to their own culture or country to keep their commitment by sharing their experience with others
The Challenge…Go therefore and make disciples of all nations. Matt 28
“It is not possible to take on the role of volunteers only on the wings of enthusiasm. This service calls for the spirit of poverty, the ability to work without ostentation, discreet and cordial friendship, sacrifice, listening, and sensitivity to cultural and spiritual values, discernment and the witness of a truly Christian life. Pope John Paul II
“You have redeemed us O Lord, in your blood, out of every tribe and tongue and people and nations.” Rev.5:9-10
“No talent too humble or too high for the service of God.” Abbot Francis Pfanner
Mission Personnel Needs:
Teachers, Pastoral workers, carpenters, farmers, electricians, mechanics, occupational/physio therapists, computer/administrative/office workers, school hostel supervisors, etc
- Single or married
- 21 years and over
- Vocational/professional training
- Physical/mental and emotional health
- Participation in the PLMC formation program
A contractual agreement with a commitment of not less than 6 months and up to two years.
- 1879 Abbot Francis Pfanner first went to Dunbrody in the Cape region of South Africa
- 1882 Pfanner constructed the first Trappist monastery and named in Mariannhill
- The VIDEO story of the Trappists of Mariannhill and Abbot Francis Pfanner can be found at
- The goal of Mariannhill was ‘better fields, better homes, and better hearts.’ (B. Huss CMM)
- 1885 the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood were established.
- 1909 the Trappists of Mariannhill became an independent missionary congregation
- 1996 PLMC is established in response to the desire of the laity to participate in the mission mandate of the Church in Europe, Africa, Korea, Papua New Guinea, and the Americas.
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