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mhmp-monkEstablished in 1882 by the founder of the Congregation of Mariannhill Missionaries, Abbot Francis Pfanner, Mariannhill Mission. The Press has the enviable distinction of being the largest and longest serving Catholic Press in South Africa. Today, 133 years later, it is still owned by the Congregation of Mariannhill Missionaries.

Abbot Francis brought a hand press with him on his missionary expedition to Africa and used it to inform the people in Europe about mission work in Africa. In addition the Mariannhill Mission press developed with time and has been used for more than a century to print various material for catechetical work as well as liturgical books.

To this end, Mariannhill Mission Press has played a pivotal role in the evangelizing mission of the Church in South Africa and beyond. The success of the Mission Press is largely subscribed to the diligent management work of the Mariannhill Brothers whose commitment to the ideals of Abbot Francis and Benedictine maxim of Ora et labora has been consistent and unwavering.

We have a proud, exciting past … but we know it is the future that counts, so let us help you. We’d love to help you be as effective as you can be in your work.

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