On Pilgrimage-7

by Maresa Lilley, SND on June 26, 2013 · 0 comments

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Our small troup of six pilgrims from America are now in Mulhausen. This convent and school of our first Sisters was purchased in 1888. Our history here began after a very dark time under Bismarck. He secularized German society, and did his best to push out teachers of the Catholic Faith. While religious orders in health or social services were not seen as a threat, those who held the minds of the young in the classrooms had to leave.  The only other option was to drop religious dress, which, in the times, meant drop one’s vocation. Our Sisters left in 1874. Eventually, over 200 went to America as missionaries. A few went over to Vechta or The Netherlands, but beloved Coesfeld and St. Annathal’s, our first center, had to be abandoned. When it was safe to return after Bismarck, the Congregation set up in Mulhausen where a beautiful property had been obtained.

Our earliest days were marked with excellence in Catholic education. Our first Sisters were highly educated and did all they could to prepare the newest and youngest Sisters in the tradition of thorough and wholesome Catholic teaching from Bernard Overberg, known in Westphalia as “The Teacher of Teachers.” Because of Bismark, the United States, and I myself, was blessed to receive this inheritance.

Sister Maria Aloysia, our foundress, also went as a missionary to America; for a time, she taught young women in Delphos, Ohio.

Sister Maria Aloysia, our foundress, also went as a missionary to America; for a time, she taught young women in Delphos, Ohio.

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