Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Honoring our Foundress


We commemorate each of our sisters' death anniversaries with special prayer intentions for that sister.  Today, we remember and honor our foundress Mother Gertrude Leupi.  Her courage lead her to follow Bishop Martin Marty's invitation to service.  Leaving the Swiss Alps of Maria Rickenbach convent for the windswept plains of the Dakota Territory.

The entrance to the garden and mausoleum of Mother Gertrude
 at Marienburg convent in Switzerland.
The tomb of Mother Gertrude.
Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May she rest in peace.  May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God rest in peace.  Amen.
Mother Gertrude Leupi was born on March 1, 1825.
She professed her Benedictine vows on March 21, 1848 and lived 25 years
at the convent of Maria Rickenbach in the Swiss Alps.
The then served in North America for 12 years
as a foundress and superior of new Benedictine convents.
She then returned to Switzerland,
founded the Marienburg convent and later died March 27 (26), 1904.


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