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“Love Made Flesh on Earth”: Mother Petra Moeinngmann

June 23, 2009

From Indian Catholic:

KANNUR, India : Catholics in Kannur, southern India, are celebrating after the local bishop began the process of having a much-loved German nun declared a saint.

Bishop Varghese Chakkalakal of Kannur declared Mother Petra Moeinngmann a Servant of God during a Mass on June 14.

The declaration precedes a three-stage process by which a sainthood candidate may be declared “Venerable,” then proclaimed “Blessed,” and lastly canonized.

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The saintly nun was “love made flesh on earth,” retired Bishop Jacob Thoomkuzhy of Trichur said, while officiating at the Mass. “There was nothing extraordinary about her, but her love for the poor and sick was remarkable,” said the bishop who had worked with the nun.

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Mother Petra joined a German Ursuline congregation in 1957. According to Sister Vandana, postulator of Mother Petra’s sainthood cause, the late nun was moved by the stories she heard about the poor in India and decided to leave her teaching profession to travel to Kerala in 1966.

She served at a Catholic hospital in Kottayam and later founded her congregation to help the poor. Each of the congregation’s 85 convents runs either an orphanage, a home for the elderly, a dispensary or schools for mentally handicapped people, said Sister Vandana.

Mother Petra died in a road accident in 1976 in Kannur.

Full story here.

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Edith Stein: Seeker of Truth

October 30, 2008

Here’s an excerpt from a book called Edith Stein: Seeker of Truth by Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell, posted today.  The book is a study guide published by a group called ENDOW (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women).  It accompanies a class that is also offered by ENDOW in certain areas of the country.  I wasn’t familiar with the group, but their website is certainly worth a look.  And Dr. Mitchell’s book looks like an excellent resource.