Abbot Francis Pfanner is our founder and father of our spiritual and apostolic life. His spirituality has left its mark on our own way of life and has influenced where we are in the world.
In 1879 at a request for Trappist monks to go to Africa, Abbot Francis responded, “If no one goes, I will go”. As Missionaries of Mariannhill this response poses a constant challenge to our own availability to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and to the mandate entrusted to our Congregation. True to the saying of Abbot Francis that “Our mission field is a part of the kingdom of Christ, and that has no boundaries” as Missionaries of Mariannhill we are in Africa; South Africa, Moçambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia and East Africa;, in Europe; Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy and Spain; in the United States of America and Canada; in Colombia; Papua New Giunea.