Blessed Maria Helena Stollenwerk,
November 28, 1852 – February 3, 1900
Born in Rollesbroich in the German Eifel on November 28, 1852, Helena Stollenwerk was baptized the following day. Already as a young child she felt called to missionary work, inspired by the annual of the Holy Childhood Association (now Papal Work for Children).
At the same time she had an inclination towards adoration and contemplation. The sense of this two-fold vocation was a source of joy and spirit of self-giving. At the age of ten she became a promoter of the Holy Childhood Association.
She maintained the task for twenty years, until she entered in Steyl. The Association annuals were her “window on the world”, through which the plight of children, especially in China, filled her with concern and missionary longing. A further source of nourishment for Helena’s vocation was the Eucharist.
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To God the glory, to my neighbor the benefit,
to me the burden.
– Bl. Maria, Helena Stollenwerk –