On Pilgrimage-3

Yesterday, we pilgrims visited the oldest institution in our congregation, dating back to 1858. The Liebfrauenschule in Vechta has educated young women since the days of our foundress, Hilligonde Wolbring, and is still doing the same excellent work today. Sadly our Sisters can no longer maintain this valued ministry, and so this August it will go to the diocese…very sad for us. It spans nearly all of our history.

Hilligonde, having completed her teacher training, was advised to seek her mission, not in far away lands, but right in Catholic Germany where there was also great need. Mission work in foreign lands was seen as far too dangerous for young women at that time, and so Hilligonde gave her heart to teaching and to the young ones in her care. She found those without food or parents, and they caught her compassion. Her companion in teaching, Elisabeth Kuhling joined her in finding a home for the orphaned children.


Hilligonde and Elisabeth found a home for the orphans as they began their teaching careers; they became their caretakers and guides.


  1. Mary Day on June 19, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Sister Maresa,

    I am so enjoying your paintings and the accompaning travel log. What a creative way to remember your stay in Germany. Have a blessed journey.

    Mary Day

    • Maresa Lilley, SND on June 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      Thank you, very much, Mary. I am feeling my roots in such a lovely way. It is quite palpable in our German Sisters here. I owe them so many thanks for my heritage as an American SND.

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