This Saturday we begin our celebration of the Solemnity of Pentecost. How fitting on this day we also remember co-foundress of the Missionary Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit. She and Saint Arnold founded the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Spirit to work along side the Divine Word Missionaries. It was with great wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit
Mother Josepha Hendrina Stenmanns
Blessed Josepha was born on 28 May 1852, in Issum, Germany, the eldest of seven children. Even as a child she was concerned for the poor and suffering whom she visited with her mother. After leaving school, she contributed to the family income through her work as a silk weaver.
At the age of 19, she joined the Franciscan Third Order which nurtured in her a spirit of simplicity and a deep prayer life. Her wish to consecrate herself to God increased as she absorbed the Franciscan spirit, but the German Kulturkampf (which sought to subject the Roman Catholic Church to State controls) made religious life impossible. When her mother was dying, Hendrina promised to care for her siblings. It began to look as though she would have to renounce the idea of religious life.
Some years later she found her way to Steyl, Holland, where…
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