STATEMENT OF ETHOS
The Mariannhill Mission Press is rooted in the vision of Abbot Francis Pfanner, founder of the Mariannhill Monastery. At the end of the 19th century, he founded The Press, edited and printed
publications. In his view, the press had to play a prominent role in the services of the missions. It is therefore due to his zeal and creativity and the dedication of his community for the press that the culture and tradition of the Mariannhill Mission Press are grounded.
The Mariannhill Mission Press is rooted in the vision of Abbot Francis Pfanner, founder of the Mariannhill Monastery.
At the end of the 19th century he founded The Press, edited and printed publications. In his view the press had to play a prominent role in the services of the missions. It is therefore due to his zeal and creativity and the dedication of his community for the press that the culture and tradition of the Mariannhill Mission Press is grounded.
Inspired by the prophetic character of its founder and in line with the signs of the times, the Mariannhill Mission Press is today dedicated not only to printing, but also the media.
Its motto is Ora et Labora (pray and Work), which means that work is considered as a form of worship and as a spiritual mastering of work. In other words, work is shaped by the spiritual values coming from the God prayed. The Mariannhill Mission Press culture is also marked by the vision of integral human development, which Abbot Francis Pfanner promoted: a vision of the human being encompassing all its various dimensions: physical, intellectual, emotional and
The Mariannhill Mission Press is owned by the Mariannhill Institute, a South African province of the Congregation of the Missionaries of Mariannhill, which is a Roman Catholic religious institute founded in 1909 in South Africa. Its special task is to share in the missionary work of the Roman Catholic Church and so to proclaim and build God’s Kingdom and hence to do mission work among those who do not yet or no longer believe in Christ Jesus.
The Mariannhill Mission Press is administered by a board of trustees, formed of both, members of the Mariannhill Mission Institute and lay managers.
Being at the service of the manifold mission of the Mariannhill Mission Institute its profits are used to finance its many missions and also to contribute to a better
This culture and tradition are indeed expressed in a core set of fundamental human, Christian, and Roman Catholic values and beliefs. They are fundamental in the ethos of the enterprise. such values are mutual respect and dignity of each person, truth, honesty and integrity, justice, love/charity and service, and forgiveness.
Hence the Mariannhill Mission Press is absolutely non-racial. Though it is Roman Catholic, it is opened to all denominations or churches, and other faiths.
It respects their beliefs but protects its integrity at the same time.
The Mariannhill Mission Press Vision and ambition is to stand as the custodian of the culture and tradition it inherits, seeking to preserve and transmit them, even as a normal business firm.
It also aspires to be a standard of excellence as a business, that is, of competence, productivity and success while holding high its characteristic
values: integrity, availability, Kindness, love, and service.
These fundamental values are here brought into harmony with the attributes of a modern business.
The Mariannhill Mission Press aims to implement or give reality to its culture and tradition, values and beliefs and to its vision. On a practical level, it aims to answer in priority and in a privileged way the needs of the Roman Catholic Church; secondly, of other churches, communions, or denominations; finally, of any person, group, community, or organization that works at the building of a better world.
It also aims to practice fruitful cooperation with all, to foster development in general, and to promote an inclusive approach to life.
Finally, it aims to make all its employees feel at home in the enterprise, so as to create a spirit beneficial to all and to society.