04 June 2020
Katharina Kasper Birth Anniversary Bicentenary
Maria Katharina Kasper (1820-1898) was a courageous and visionary woman who, in the middle of the 19th century in Dernbach, Rhineland-Palatinate, was the Catholic order “Poor Servants of Jesus Christ” (lat. Ancillae Domini of Jesus Christ, adcoded ADJC). The community with the unusual name, colloquially referred to as the “Dernbach Sisters”, was dedicated to the care of the sick and the elderly, family care, as well as the care and education of girls and orphans. Within a short time, numerous branches were established in Germany and abroad.
Today, the poor are the servants of Jesus Christ in Germany, the Netherlands, the United States, the United Kingdom, India, Mexico, Brazil, Kenya, and Nigeria. They are also often called to emergency areas. Maria Katharina Kasper led the Order until her death. For her many services, she was beatified by Pope Paul VI on 16 April 1978 and canonized by Pope Francis on 14 October 2018.