This year it was the 109th commemoration of the death anniversary of Abbot Francis Pfanner, whose process of beatification is under way. It took place on the 26th of this month of May and was celebrated within the frame of the 200 years of the Church’s existence in Southern Africa.
The number of pilgrims is increasing year after year. This time the organizers had to use a huge tent to accommodate the crowd since the church has now become too small.
As usual, the day began with the stations of the cross. Most of the pilgrims climbed the mountain, this to walk in the footsteps of Abbot Francis himself who prayed the stations every day. This was followed by the celebration of the Eucharist outside. It was presided this year by the CMM Provincial Superior of the Mthatha province, which had many participants coming from far away.
Naturally, the pilgrims also took time to go to the memorial room where Abbot Francis died, and pray to obtain the graces dear to their heart through the intercession of the great missionary pioneer Francis Pfanner.