Foundress of the Sisters of Christian Charity
200 Anniversary of her Birthday
1817 - 2017
Her Feastday is April 30.
Pauline von Mallinckrodt was born on June 3, 1817 in Minden, Germany. Her family's wealth and prestige did not close her mind to the hardships of others. As a young woman, she cared for the poverty-stricken families of Paderborn. She nursed their sick and brought them food. In 1840, her charitable works extended to opening a kindergarten for young children and two years later for school for blind children.
Pauline's love for God and her care for the poor and needy led her to consider a religious vocation. She was advised to start her own community. On August 21, 1849, Pauline, along with three other women, began the Sisters of Christian Charity, which spread rapidly to North and South America and several European countries.
Pauline died in Paderborn on April 30, 1881 and was beatified by Pope St. John Paul II on April 24, 1985.
Blessed Pauline's Charism
Union with God in love, so that, totally surrendered to him and seeking his will alone,
through living the Christ-Mystery fully,
we give Christ's love to everyone in cheerful, wholehearted service.