Yesterday, we had planned to take the rail train to Bremerhaven and there visit the port where our first Sisters from Germany left to go to America as missionaries, most never to return to their native land. However, something happened to the cables of the tracks and no trains could get as far as the port. So we spent the day in historic Bremen. Awed by the beauty and the 1000 year old buildings still in use, we absorbed what we could of the lovely town. From Bremen came the children’s story of The Bremen Town Musicians, memorialized in the square in bronze.
Hilligonde and her friend Elisabeth were invited by Father Theodore Elting to consider consecrating their work and themselves in vowed life as religious women.The call answered the greatest desires of their young hearts, and so began the founding of the Sisters of Notre Dame.