Today marks the birth of Mother Mary Anselma Felber (1843-1883), foundress of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Born Elizabeth Felber, at seventeen she entered the Convent of Perpetual Adoration in Maria Rickenbach, Switzerland. In August 1874 she led a group of sisters to Conception, Missiouri, to help the Benedictine Fathers in ministering to the area’s German population. They taught school and opened an orphanage. They also produced vestments, made altar breads, and operated a printery. In 1882 the Sisters established a new monastery in Clyde, Missouri, complete with farm. Mother mary Anselma wrote a nun back in Switzerland:
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Poor health and overwork eventually caught up with Mother Mary Anselma, who died in 1883.