Who We Are
WHO WE ARE
We, the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood, CPS (the abbreviation CPS stands for Congregatio Pretiosi Sanguinis in Latin), are an international congregation of women, founded by the Trappist Abbot Francis Pfanner in Mariannhill, near Durban, South Africa, on the 8th of September 1885.
With the title Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood, our founder wanted us totally committed to the service of Christ’s redeeming love, to make the Precious Blood of Christ fruitful for all (Const. 102). Our title is our mandate: to live the Paschal Mystery and to witness to the redeeming love of Christ.
Our Life - which is mission itself - gives glory to God.
Mission to and among people and readiness to be sent wherever the need is greatest are essential elements of our life and spirit. Our legacy received from Abbot Francis Pfanner is imbued with the Benedictine spirit. This contemplative-missionary heritage of our Founder inspires us CPS worldwide to commit ourselves to fulfill our religious and missionary calling of ora et labora, pray and work. The challenges of today speak to the heart of this our double vocation and call us beyond the familiar to new ways of being and witnessing in the world and for the world. It also means to stand with Mary under the cross in ready attentiveness to God’s word.
From simple beginnings in South Africa over 130 years ago, our Congregation grew and expanded to other countries. In response to the needs of the times, we, the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood, continue to begin new missions.
Since our foundation in 1885, we Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood guided and accompanied seven African Sisters’ Congregations till they became autonomous.
- Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi, Natal, South Africa
- Sisters of Our Lady of Kilimanjaro, Huruma (Moshi) Tanzania
- Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mgolole (Morogoro), Tanzania
- Sisters of Our Lady of Usambara, Kwamndolwa, Korogwe, Tanzania
- Sisters of St. Joseph, Mombasa, Kenya
- Handmaids of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Rusape (Mutare), Zimbabwe
- Servants of Mary, the Queen, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe