Hagiography Cirkle

 

Hagiography Circle

 

 


       

MARIA LUIZA MERKERT

       cofounder, Sisters of Saint Elizabeth

        born: 21 September 1817 in Nysa, Opolskie (Poland)

        + 14 November 1872 in Nysa, Opolskie (Poland)

       
        diocese of competent bishop: Opole

        CCS protocol number: 1472

        type of cause: heroic virtues

 
Opening of diocesan inquiry: 19 February 1985

        nihil obstat: 02 July 1985

 

Closing of diocesan inquiry:
                            09 September 1997

        decree on validity of diocesan inquiry:
                            27 February 1998

        submission of Positio to CCS: 2000

        session of historical consultants: 11 December 2001

        congress of theological consultants: 12 October 2004

        congregation of CCS cardinals and bishops: 
       14 December 2004

 

Promulgation of decree on heroic virtues:
20 December 2004

 


Opening of diocesan inquiry on miracle for canonization: 
10 September 2002


       closing of diocesan inquiry on miracle
       for canonization: 29 November 2002

      decree on validity of diocesan inquiry on miracle:
      28 March 2003

      session of medical consultants:
      30 June 2005

      congress of theological consultants:
      13 June 2006

      congregation of CCS cardinals and bishops:
     19 December 2006



Promulgation of decree on miracle:
01 June 2007


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Beatification: 30 September 2007
of the Church of St James in Nysa, Poland


      







       

Postulator: Dr. Andrea Ambrosi

Petitioner: Siostry Elżbietanki (CSSE), ul. Sobieskiego 7, 48-300 Nysa, POLAND

Suore di Santa Elisabetta, Via Nomentana,
140, 00162 Roma, ITALY


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Bl. Maria Luisa Merkert (1817-1872)

Co-Foundress and first Superior General of the Congregation of St Elizabeth

 

Maria Luisa Merkert was born on 21 September 1817 at Nysa in Slesia, Poland, then part of the Breslau Diocese and in German territory. Maria was the second daughter born to Anthony Merkert and Maria Barbara Pfitzner, from a strongly Catholic and middle-class family.

Maria's father died when she was just nine months old. Her mother educated Maria and her older sister Matilde in a spirit of faith and love and in the practice of authentic Christian values. Both daughters went to the local Catholic girls school. The religious atmosphere at home influenced the girls' formation and sowed the desire to serve the Lord in religious life and their neighbour through charitable works.

Maria assisted her mother during the illness prior to her death on 11 July 1842. This spurred her decision to serve the poor, the sick and abandoned. Two months later Maria, her sister Matilde and Frances Werner, on the advice of her confessor, joined Clara Wolff, a Third Order Franciscan, in her charitable work of serving the poor and sick in their homes.

Thus began the "Association of Sisters for the Assistance of Abandoned Sick, under the Protection of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus" on 27 September 1842. They prepared themselves for this step with an act of consecration to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, to which they remained wholeheartedly devoted. Fr Francis Xavier Fischer gave them his blessing.

Maria dedicated herself to assisting the sick and poor and collected alms for their needs. On 31 July 1844 the first five Sisters signed the Statutes of the young Association, but by 8 May 1846 their number dropped to four with the death of Matilde Merkert, who had contracted typhus while caring for the sick.

Discerning the young Sisters' need for religious formation, Fr Fischer encouraged them to enter the novitiate of the Sisters of Mercy of St Charles Borromeo in Prague, and on Christmas Day 1846 they began this period of religious formation.

On 30 June 1850, grateful for the formation they had received, Maria and Frances left the Sisters of Mercy to dedicate themselves to their original project of serving the homebound sick and needy.
On 19 November 1850, Feast of St Elizabeth of Hungary, with full trust in God, the Sisters again took up their works of mercy at Nysa. They were known as the Grey Sisters of St Elizabeth. One month later Maria submitted the names of her companions as well as the Association's Statutes to the local magistrate.

On an ecclesiastic level the Institute was approved by Bishop Henry Förster of Breslau on 4 September 1859. The first General Chapter was held on 15 December 1859 and Maria Merkert was elected Superior General.

On 5 May 1860 Mother Maria and 25 Sisters professed the religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, along with a fourth vow to assist the poor and sick. The Motherhouse was built in Nysa during the years 1863 to 1865.

In 1887 the definitive approval as a Congregation of Pontifical Right was granted by Pope Leo XIII.

The life and work of Mother Maria Merkert was animated by a spirit of ardent charity for the suffering members of the Mystical Body of Christ. Her sequela Christi was marked by a radical and creative dedication to the sick and the most needy by putting into practice Jesus' words, "As you did it to one of the least of my brethren, you did it to me" (Mt 25: 40).

Mother Maria's maternal solicitude was also directed toward her Sisters, to whom she gave a lofty spiritual and moral formation characterized by a profound spirit of humility.

Mother Maria's generalate lasted 22 years, until her holy death on 14 November 1872 at the age of 55. During her lifetime approximately 500 Sisters joined the Congregation, which permitted her to enrich the Church with 90 religious houses in nine dioceses.

On 16 July 1964 her mortal remains were laid in the crypt of the Church of St James in Nysa, and on 19 September 1998 they were translated to a side chapel of the same Church.

On 20 December 2004 Pope John Paul II declared her Venerable. 
Promulgation of decree on miracle: 01 June 2007

Beatification: 30 September 2007 of the Church of St James in Nysa, Poland

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HAGIOGRAPHY CIRKLE
 

 BL MARIA LUISA MERKERT

Czas ucieka, wieczność czeka
 
Reklama
 
 
Bogu mojemu
Panu i Stwórcy wszystkiego
ofiaruję siebie, moje życie,
zdolności i dokonania,
które są Jego łaską i darem.
Zatracając się w Nim
odnajduję
większą wolność i godność.
Odnajduję życie,
którym On mnie obdarza!
Panie mój i Boże,
uczyń mnie narzędziem
i odblaskiem
Twego miłosierdzia!
A.D. 2011

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Koh 2,21
 
Chwała Ojcu -
Panu i Stworzycielowi!
Chwała Synowi -
Bratu i Oblubieńcowi!
Chwała Duchowi -
Dawcy Życia i Świętości!
CHWAŁA
TRÓJJEDYNEMU BOGU -
ODWIECZNEJ MIŁOŚCI!
Wdzięczne
TE DEUM LAUDAMUS
za łaski i dary
Boga i ludzi
i już dzisiaj za wszystko
co następne lata przyniosą!
A.D. 2000

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Koh 2,21
 
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