Born in Germany in 1830, Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel founded the Sisters of Saint Francis of Perpetual Adoration. These nuns ran orphanages, served as battlefield nurses, and outsmarted oppressive German religious laws to grow and found new convents. Today, the sisters serve as hospital chaplains, teachers, social workers, and more. Devoted to Christ in the Eucharist, they honor their foundress' motto: "All as God wishes: He leads, I follow."
Feast Day: February 9
Patronage: Perpetual Adoration Volunteers The Poor