Presentation on theme: "Sister Maria of the Divine Heart"— Presentation transcript:
1Sister Maria of the Divine Heart Droste zu Vischering1863 – 1899Good Shepherd Sister
2A daughter of the Münsterland Burg Vischering near Lüdinghausen
3Darfeld Hall - the Droste zu Vischering country home Embedded in the parkland scenery of Münsterland
4Her birthplace - Erbdrostenhof in Münster on 8 Sept. 1863 Room in which Maria was bornRebuilt after1945
5Baptised in St. Servatius Church Baptised by her mother‘s brother, Maximilian von Galen, on 9. September He was the Prefect of the Priests‘ Seminary in Mainz“So the Lord wanted to deliver me from evil and take possession of me from the moment I entered the world“.(From her autobiography)
6Childhood at Darfeld Maria ca. 1867: a perfectly normal, very lively butstrong-minded child.
7Inseparable twins Maria and Max, the inseparable pair. Maria felt responsible forMax for a long time, andcontinued to worry about himuntil she was sure he wassafely married
8Riedenburg, Sacré Coeur, formative years for the young Maria Education of a ladyRiedenburg, Sacré Coeur, formative years for the young Maria
9A young girl like any other Hearken, O daughter and incline thy ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father‘s house; the King greatly desires thy beauty. (Psalm 45)Maria realises that this means her. She prays for clarity and discernment.
10A 19th century familyA big, happy family whose life is rather like that of a religious community
11Her parents´ example He has always been a perfect gentleman to me (Helene von Galen talking about her husband, Erbdroste Clemens Graf Droste zu Vischering)
12Maria´s place in the girls´ sitting room at Darfeld Hall Between the two windows is Anna´s desk, Maria´s is the one by the door, and the writing desk next to Maria‘s is Auguste‘s.
13Bride of my heart, come to my heart My love for you is everlasting and I have taken you to my heart full of mercy(Vespers for the Feast of the Sacred Heart)A new heart will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stone heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you. (Ez 36,26-27)
14Years of inner conflict Maria ca.1886Times of deep mystic experience – accompanied by many misunderstandingsI did everything I could to prevent anyone learning of what was happening inside me (Autobiography)
15The king´s secretIt is hard to explain things that are totally heavenly with a human tongue. The Lord made Himself my teacher, He taught and consoled me.(Autobiography)
16Thou shalt love the Lord, thy God with all thy heart Oh, if only Darfeld parish church could tell what happened between myself and HIM. I was no longer myself but was immersed in HIM, one with HIM. (Autobiography)
17TheWhite Sisters´ convent Good Shepherd Convent in Münster ca1885
18Mother M. Lamberta Bouchy, Provincial Superior Standing on the right is the woman who guided Maria through her early years of religious life and understood her.Together with Mother Theresia von Rump (left), she founded the convent in Münster
19He drew me to HimMaria´s parents gave her a miniature of the Darfeld Sacred Heart statue when she entered the convent in Münster.This miniature now stands in the convent church in Maria Droste House in Hofheim am Taunus
20I left everything behind Maria´s spartanconvent cell wasdestroyed in theSecond World WarThis old photograph shows what it was like originally
21Maria of the Divine Heart She was overjoyed when she received this name at her investiture.Sister Maria of the Divine HeartIt was the fulfilment of a secret wish
22Saint John EudesNever ending thanks to the sun of eternity, that is Jesus, whom we adore. (Johannes Eudes)The novice Maria Droste zu Vischering follows the same road to the sun, a way of quiet joy and painful experience, a way of inner peace and fulfilment in yearningIt is the way of deep love.
23I have chosen you Profession of vows on 29 January 1891 Mother Lamberta Bouchy died soon afterwards.Maria is made mistress of education for the children,On 22 January 1894, Maria learned that she was to go to Portugal.
24The jouney from Münster to Oporto Maria travelled with her parents via Cologne and Paris to the Motherhouse in Angers, then via Perpignan and Oporto to Lisbon.The Motherhouse in Angers after renovation. A recent photograph
25You are to save a convent in Oporto The first window on the ground floor:This was the Superior‘s office. Later, it was the room where Maria Droste zu Vischering died.
26In the alleyways of Oporto This is what it might have looked like in Maria‘s day
27Superior in Oporto Port city with 200 000 inhabitants Vila Nova de Gaija with urban proletariatIlliteracyDecadent nobilityLiberalistiic bourgeoisieAttacks on priests and religiousMoral depravity
28Maria probably knew this view. View of Oporto 2007Cathedral in the background, not yet surrounded by buildings in Maria´s day.Maria probably knew this view.
29A guide on perilous paths Abbot Ildefons Schober OSBHer friend and advisorHer spiritual directorCustodian of writings by Maria Droste zu Vischering.He ensured that her writings were archived in Beuron, and he was her first biographer.
30On an initiative by Maria of the Divine Heart and inspiration from the Lord, he consecrated the World to the Sacred Heart of Jesus at the start of the Jubilee Year 1900.In October 1899, he personally set the process in motion to gather the first documents for beatification.
31Don`t you dare bring me to Germany,... It was Maria‘s express wish to beburied in Oporto in a pauper‘s gravelike others there..This is a recent photograph of thefuneral chapel as is now looks afterher beatification in 1975.
32What would Maria say to this? `Maria was buried in a glass coffin according to southern European tradition. Her tomb is in the new Sacred Heart Church in Ermesinde near Oporto.
33What remainsStatue of Maria Droste in the courtyard of Good Shepherd Convent in OportoThere are Maria Droste Centres around the world, where women like Maria try to help other women in need and bring them into God‘s horizon.Lord, thy kingdom come!
34A great daughter of St. Euphrasia Pelletier German Province of the Good Shepherd Sisters, Würzburg March 2007 – Author. Sr. Gudula Busch RGS, Frankfurt am MainGood Shepherd Sisters: an international religious congregation, NGO with advisory status at the UN in New York