Mariannhill Monastery

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Mariannhill Community Hit by Double Tragedy

Posted by Mariannhill Monastery October - 30 - 2012 Comments Off on Mariannhill Community Hit by Double Tragedy

The Mariannhill community is mourning the death of two highly dedicated senior religious brothers who served the community and the church at large with distinction.

For years, Br. Berthold Lanzinner CMM (68) and Br. Georg von Aarburg CMM (87) worked relentlessly to help others and for future generations. They died days apart of each other after battling with cancer.

When we celebrated 125 years of the existence of the Mariannhill Monastery recently, we were not just celebrating the existence of structures. We were also celebrating people who sacrificed their lives and those of their families in pursuit of improving people’s lives. Some of those people who fought against all odds were Br. Aardburg and Br Lanzinner.

Br. Lanzinner worked for many years as manager of the bookbinding department in Mariannhill before he was appointed in 1997 to be part of the formation team at Abbot Francis House in Merrivale. After a brief spell at Merrivale, Br Lanzinner was transferred to Mariazell Mission in 2000 where he worked closely with Br. Aarbug. In Mariazell he was in charge of the Mill where local people brought maize for grinding.

Speaking at requiem mass, Bishop of Mariannhill Diocese, Pius Dlungwane, said Berthold Lanzinner shared his skills and faith with the people of the Diocese of Mariannhill and the church at large.

The bishop said, while we are paying tribute to Br. Berthold, it is fitting on the other hand, to pay tribute to all the brothers of the Congregation of the Missionaries of Mariannhill (CMM) for all the work they have done in various fields of expertise in the diocese of Mariannhill.

“The architectural work and the gothic paintings of the various churches in Mariannhill Diocese are the living testimony of the priceless work done by the brothers. We are unable to thank God enough for the commendable work they have rendered throughout the years,” said bishop Dlungwane.

The bishop said, today the Diocese of Mariannhill has to meet one of the biggest challenges of its existence, the evident decline of vocations for brotherhood. Such decline will place enormous challenge for the continuity and sustainability of the work done by religious brothers for decades. The bishop reiterated what would happen in the church within five, ten and twenty years from now without brothers.

Meanwhile, Regional Superior of Mariannhill, Fr. Bheki Shabalala CMM, said Br. Berthold Lanzinner will always be remembered for having been a humble and faithful servant of the congregation and the church at large.”

Fr Berhard Gathu CMM and Fr Bheki Shabalala CMM, closing the coffin after viewing.

Custodio Vilancuio and Mthokozise Khumalo carrying the coffin containing the remains of Br. Berthold Lanzinner.



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