The Franciscan Family of Mary Magdalene Rosamond





My grandmother’s cousin was the founder of Briarcliff College and Mother Superior of the Order of Saint Francis that was forced to leave Germany. My friend, Joy, showed me family photographs of her grandfathers with the Black Robes. John Grass and Gall, were chiefs of the Hunkpapa Sioux, who are standing in the way of the Keystone Pipeline owned by a Canadian company, and thus, they are not “people too”  like Hobby Lobby. The Ghost Dance incorporated the Franciscan religion. Mary Magdalene’s was part Native American.

On September 26-27, 1877 Chief Sinte Gleska (Spotted Tail), leader of the Sicangu Lakota and Chief Red Cloud, leader of the Ogalala, met with President Rutherford B. Hayes and formally requested that the Black Robes come to their lands to educate their people. Sinte Gleska told the President, “I would like to say something about a teacher. My children, all of them, would like to learn how to talk English. They would like to learn how to read and write. We have teachers there, but all they teach us is to talk Sioux, and to write Sioux, and that is not necessary. I would like to get Catholic priests. Those who wear black dresses. These men will teach us how to read and write English.”

The Franciscans are still amongst the Sioux, and I believe they are protected by the agreements made with President Hayes. I need an attorney to help me bring a lawsuit against the Trumpite Ideologues, and TransCanada for violation of my family religions that came together by the Providence of God. The Wieneke and Rosamond immigrant family make a case, that no religious sect, or order, should be oppressed, or banned, for only God-Allah knows what is in store, when alas…..His will, be done!

Jon Presco

“The History of Mount St. Francis The Sisters of St. Francis of the
Holy Family were founded in Herford, Germany in 1864. Forced to
emigrate by the Kulturkampf, the small community arrived in Iowa
City on Sept. 8, 1875. Here they established the first orphanage
under Catholic auspices in the state of Iowa. In 1878, Bishop
Hennessy invited them to move to Dubuque to establish a diocesan
orphanage. Today, 125 years later, Mount St. Francis Center in
Dubuque is the home for approximately 375 sisters. It is also home
for those who are retired and those who need full-time nursing care.
It houses the central administrative offices of the congregation as
well as the novitiate community, where young women live and study as
they prepare to become members.”

In 1825, in the village of Fenagh in county Leitrim in Ireland, a gang of Catholic youths attacked the Rosamond home. The Rosamonds were staunch Protestants. James, aged 20 (born 1805) and his brother Edward, aged 15, attempted to protect their mother. A shot was fired by Edward and a youth was dead. The boys fled to Canada. James went to Merrickville where he worked for James Merrick as a weaver. Edward, still fearing arrest, worked his way eventually to Memphis, Tennessee.

From 1871 to 1876, the Prussian state parliament and the federal legislature (Reichstag), both with liberal majorities, enacted 22 laws in the context of the Kulturkampf. They were mainly directed against clerics: bishops, priests and religious orders (anti-clerical) and enforced the supremacy of the state over the church.[62][63] While several laws were specific to the Catholic Church (Jesuits, congregations etc.) the general laws affected both Catholic and Protestant churches. In an attempt to overcome increasing resistance by the Catholic Church and its defiance of the laws, new regulations increasingly went beyond state matters referring to purely internal affairs of the church. Even many liberals saw them as encroachment on civil liberties, compromising their own credo.[64]

Here is a video that contains a photo of Mother Mary Dominica Wieneke, Major Superior of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Dubuque. Her cousin, Mary Magdalene Wieneke-Rosamond, was my grandmother, the mother of Rosemary Rosamond.

Above is an amazing photo of the groundbreaking ceremony for Briar Cliff College that is located on the Missouri River overlooking the states of South Dakota and Nebraska. I might do a painting of this scene because more than likely there are more than twenty of my kindred in it. My grandmother Mary is above in white.

Look at those beautiful children who want their shot at life even though they know they are crippled. They are filled with hope. How can anyone who claims they are a Christian, talk about taking away hope from any child who suffers?

Jon Presco

Hunkpapa Sioux

In March 1929, Mother Mary Dominica Wieneke, Major Superior of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Dubuque, along with the Most Rev. Edmond Heelan, Bishop of the Sioux City Diocese, co-founded Briar Cliff College after meeting with members of the Sioux City community, who committed to raising $25,000 to support the establishment of a Catholic women’s college in Sioux City. The twelve foundresses of the College were carefully chosen by Mother Dominica. They were led by Sister Mary Servatius Greenen, who was named the first president.[2]

On August 24, 2011, I posted the idea that my mother’s parents came together to repair a split in the church. Royal’s kindred were Orangemen, and Mary’s kindred were Catholics, priests and nuns of the Order of Saint Francis that had to flee Germany. I have long wondered if this caused their split. To discover that Jeannette and Ann Hart, our ancestors, were ex-communicated by their family of Patriots because they converted to Catholicism, is profound.

I went back to the Catholic church to complete my first communion two years ago after looking at these matters with the sight an angel gave unto me, and after I realized I was a candidate for the Roza Mira.

The Wieneke cote of arms contains a bunch of grapes. The Wieneke family were Catholic Germans who were forced to flee Germany due to the Kulturkumpf (cultural warfare) waged by Bismark against the Catholic Church. Bismark’s ancestors had come to favor the religions of the Stuttmeisters, and the Rosamond family who were Protestants. Mary Magdalene Rosamond’s cousin, Mother Dominica Wieneke, was the founder of Briar Cliff college in Iowa. She was a Sister of Saint Francis.

Bill Cornwell is a subscriber of Culture Warfare that he and millions of his ilk have been waging against the Liberal Hip Left employing any weird thing they can get their hands on – but they are not insane – because their enemy is extremely nuts! Of course they are, all opening slavos in Kultruekumpf title the opposition ‘Mad Deluded Dogs’. A cartoon of the newly founded Republican party depicts its members as a collection of Weirdos! You can say – nothing has changed!

The Republican party founded by my kindred, John Fremont and Jessie Benton, has gone insane going after me – the Hip King of the Bohemian Anti-Christ! Why isn’t Bill going after Drew Benton, she kin to Jessie Benton the daughter of the famous artist, Thomas Hart Benton, who married Mel Lyman who claimed he was God, and had hundreds of followers. I have no followers. They say Charlie Manson and Mel admired each other. Ooh! I bet that makes Bill’s father in Texas salvitate, his life alas having purpous.

Above is a photo of Jessie Benton Lyman before a painting her father did, and a photo of her daughter, sculpting. Consider the creative Zorthian family. Surely after I have been identified as an enemy of the Tea Paulty Culture Fighters, I am allowed to employ any and all weird stuff I want in order to win – without being titled “nuts”

After all;

“All’s fair in love and war!”

Jon Presco

The Big Winner of Amerikan Kulturekumpf

n 1929, only briar patches covered a 175-foot hill on the western outskirts of Sioux City, Iowa. But two people — Mother Mary Dominica Wieneke, Major Superior of the Sisters of Saint Francis, and the Most Rev. Edmond Heelan, Bishop of the Sioux City Diocese — had a vision. They saw that hill crowned with a Catholic college for women.

Mother Dominica and Bishop Heelan met on March 9, 1929 with members of the Sioux City community. Businessmen attending that meeting committed themselves to raising $25,000 to support the establishment of the college in Sioux City.

After this showing of community support, significant events followed in rapid succession. On Sept. 18, 1930, the college, named Briar Cliff after the hill on which it is located, was dedicated. Four days later, 25 women started classes in Heelan Hall, the only building on campus.

In 1937, the University’s two-year program was extended to four years. Fifty-five men were admitted to Briar Cliff in 1965 and co-education was formalized in 1966 with the admission of 150 full-time male students. The innovative Weekend College program started in the fall of 1979. The spring of 1980 saw the addition of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. A Master of Arts in Education was implemented in the summer of 2001. The college officially became a University on June 1, 2001.

“The History of Mount St. Francis The Sisters of St. Francis of the
Holy Family were founded in Herford, Germany in 1864. Forced to
emigrate by the Kulturkampf, the small community arrived in Iowa
City on Sept. 8, 1875. Here they established the first orphanage
under Catholic auspices in the state of Iowa. In 1878, Bishop
Hennessy invited them to move to Dubuque to establish a diocesan
orphanage. Today, 125 years later, Mount St. Francis Center in
Dubuque is the home for approximately 375 sisters. It is also home
for those who are retired and those who need full-time nursing care.
It houses the central administrative offices of the congregation as
well as the novitiate community, where young women live and study as
they prepare to become members.”

International Headquarters
On July 2, 1844, a Franciscan priest, Father Christopher Bernsmeyer, witnessed the religious commitment of five women in the pilgrim shrine of the Sorrowful Mother at Telgte, Germany, a village outside the city of Muenster, Westphalia. This marked the foundation of the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis as a religious community of Catholic women dedicated to the service of the sick and those in need. Bismarek’s Kulturkampf threatened the survival of the newly formed religious community.

What is in a name? I believe Royal and Mary Magdalene Rosamond came together to repair a great split in the Christian Church, awaken a Sleeping Kingdom. Grimms named Sleeping Beauty, Rosamond. The artistic legacy left by Christine Rosamond, is no longer in the hands of Stacey Pierrot. My two nieces, Shannon and Drew, need to come together and refresh this Family Legacy. I will gift them my publishing company, Royal Rosamond Press, to this end. I suggest they hire an agent and manager to put together a company that will serve members of our family for generations to come.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2011

Mission History

In the 1840′s Father Pierre-Jean DeSmet, SJ, at the invitation of the Flathead Indians in Idaho, traveled extensively in the northern plains. On his journeys he brought the Gospel to Lakota people but he did not settle among them. He had a reputation among plains Indians as a holy man and a man who could be trusted.

During President Grant’s administration the government decided to assign different religions to specific reservations in an effort to civilize the native people. Since many of the individuals in Grant’s administration were Masons, Catholics were generally excluded from participating in reservation life. Several of the Lakota chiefs who had had contact with Fr. DeSmet – or at least knew of his and the Jesuit’s reputation for running schools – went to Washington to see if the Jesuits (known by the Lakota as “Black Robes”) could be allowed to enter the reservation to teach their children.

On September 26-27, 1877 Chief Sinte Gleska (Spotted Tail), leader of the Sicangu Lakota and Chief Red Cloud, leader of the Ogalala, met with President Rutherford B. Hayes and formally requested that the Black Robes come to their lands to educate their people. Sinte Gleska told the President, “I would like to say something about a teacher. My children, all of them, would like to learn how to talk English. They would like to learn how to read and write. We have teachers there, but all they teach us is to talk Sioux, and to write Sioux, and that is not necessary. I would like to get Catholic priests. Those who wear black dresses. These men will teach us how to read and write English.”

With the death of Sinte Gleska in 1881, Chief Two Strike invited the Jesuits to enter the Rosebud Reservation and begin a school. The site was located near camps of Two Strike’s band called Hinhansunwapa (Owl Feather Bonnet). Father Jutz and Brother Nunlist finished a large frame building financed by American born St. Katharine Drexel (whose feast day is March 3rd) and dedicated it in 1886. Father Florentine Digmann arrived in 1888 bringing with him Franciscan Sisters Kostka, Rosalia, and Alcantara. Together they established the Mission School that was named after St. Francis Assisi, who founded the Franciscan order, but was commonly referred to as Sapa Un Ti (“where the Black Robes live”) by the Sicangu. Father Digmann also established 37 Mission stations throughout the Rosebud Reservation and is considered the founder of St. Francis Mission.

The Sapa Un school offered the people in the area a place where they felt safe. The school taught them the Catholic faith and how to function in white society. The Mission School was turned over to the tribe in 1974 and is now independent of the Mission.

St. Francis Mission continues its educational mission by offering release time religious education programs and an after school program that offers religious education, Lakota language enhancement, and recreation. Moreover, the Mission offers adult education programs, a GED program, and educational programs on its Radio Station KINI.

Gradually people moved from the country to town clusters. Many of the original chapels were closed and the Mission now serves the Catholic community with six parishes.

Virgin Mary of Rosebud






Briar_Cliff_University_dedication,_1930tttI am going to do three things today…

1. Stretch and gesso a large canvas in order to do a portrait of my late sister
2. Contact my friend Joy about scanning the photos of the Jesuits she owns who befriended her people, the Hunkpapa Sioux.
3. Begin another Ghost Dance

Before Christine Rosamond Benton became a famous artist, she wanted to be my Muse. She saw me render beautiful images of my girlfriends. That no artist painted a portrait of Rosamond, is an astounding oversight that will end.

Joy was my last attempt to have a girlfriend. She is kin to Chief Gall and John Grass, two Sioux Chiefs that were at the center of the Ghost Dance, and fought Custer at Wounded Knee Montana. Joy and her sister own the ritual wear of their tribe. I have dined with these outstanding people. I have beheld the treasure trove of photos and documents Joy owns, many of the them of the Jesuits. I have seen an ancient treaty that needs to be in a museum.

I am going to begin a new Ghost Dance that will bring the spirit of Pope Francis to the Native Peoples of the upper plains and the North West. From Missouri to Oregon there will be a revamping, if not dismal, of Senator Thomas Hart Benton’s
‘Manifest Destiny’. In one year I will ceremoniously tear up and burn a copy of this document so it can not be used by the white supremacists of the NPI, a group of racist red-neck propagandist disguised at historians.

May the new Ghost Dance drive these devils back to Georgia where they came from. A new proclamation will be written that will establish who is the rightful owners of America, and who will carry forth a Spiritual Message that will unite a vast majority of peoples so that we may live in Peace and Harmony.

My autobiography ‘Bond’s With Angels’ has carried me to a place where the Great Spirit dwell with the Mother of the true Messiah, that came to America, and took root as a million blades of grass. The Blue Angel my sister’s saw as children, was that of the Virgin Mary who came in spirit to the Sioux People. With the history of my kindred with the Nez Perce who fled into Montana with Chief Joseph, arrives an entitlement and responsibility few human beings have ever owned. Mya the Spirit of the Blue Angel be my inner voice and guide. May Jesus keep granting me the Spiritual Courage he promised so the dream of Universal Peace will be the map we all find in our heart.

The new Ghost Dance will confront the epidemic of the drug meth in Montana. I see parades twice a year down the main street of Bozeman. Drug manufacturers, dealers, and users will lose their coat of inviviblity. The Ghost Dancers will give sanctuary to, and found treatment centers, for, those who are addicted.

I am going send an invitation to Pope Francis to come to America, and walk the trail of Jesuit Father Pierre-Jean De Smet. This Papal visit will end at Briar Cliff college co-founded by my kindred, Mother Mary Dominique Wieneke of the Order of Saint Francis. The Father in Rome took the name of this Saint, who went amongst the least of us, who brought mercy to the disenfranchised who were promised to be the first to enter the Kingdom of God. Let us establish a Kingdom of True Humility in America that serves the people from the ground we walk on to the Heaven where our Unified Dream – soar! Let this humility be a shining example to all the people’s of the world.

So be it!

Jon Gregory Presco

The Father Comes Singing

There is the father coming,
There is the father coming.
The father says this as he comes,
The father says this as he comes,
“You shall live,” he says as he comes,
“You shall live,” ‘he says as he comes.

Among the Potawatomi, de Smet founded (1838) his first mission, near present-day Council Bluffs, Iowa. In 1839 he journeyed along the Missouri River to pacify the Yankton Sioux and the Potawatomi, his first recorded negotiation in what was to become a celebrated career as peacemaker. Learning of the friendly Flathead Indians and their desire for a priest, he left in 1840 on the first of his numerous trips to their homeland in the Bitterroot mountain area in Montana Territory. For them he founded St. Mary’s Mission, near present Missoula, Montana, in 1841. Between 1842 and 1844 he toured several European countries to solicit funds. In 1844 he helped establish St. Ignatius’s Mission, about 30 miles (48 km) north of Missoula.


Dramatic Scene Before Agent


She Claims to Be Mother of the Red
Messiah — Chief Gall, Though Skeptical,
Is Not Prepared to Say the Thing
is Impossible.

Standing Rock Agency, N. D.,

Nov. 15. — “Bring in the Virgin Mary” was the order of the Indian who officiated as bailiff of the Indian court, of which Chief John Grass and two other Sioux are members. Out from the murmuring crowd in the large room came Waltitawin (scarlet woman), the wife of Iikpoga and a member of the Walokpis band of Sioux Fearlessness was the leading element of her attitude as she stood gracefully before the railing, behind which sat the agent and his interpreter, and looked indifferently at John Grass and the two other Indians who composed the court.

“Who are you, and what is your name?” were the first questions asked her. Drawing herself to her full stature of nearly six feet she told her name, then, bending slightly forward with her hand pointed upward, she said in a low tone, with intense earnestness: “I am the mother of Christ who is now upon this earth, making preparation for rebuilding it. The earth is to belong solely to his chosen people, and this continent is to be extended much further west, taking in a part of the great sunset water. The eastern part of the continent will be abandoned, all but in the western part where great herds of buffalo will wander as in days long ago, and with the disappearance of the whites from the earth will come the resurrection of all the Indians who now sleep, and forevermore they will wander over the earth with no one to question their rights to kill the buffalo, none to say: ‘Do this or I will put you in the guard house.’ ”

With a gesture to attract the particular attention of Major McLaughlin, she drew an imaginary line upon the floor and stepped over it, saying: “In those days there will be no reservation, no messenger from the Great Father to say to the Indians: ‘Come back here; stay on your reservation.’ ” She continued to expatiate upon the rosy-tinted dawning of the Indians millenium morning until stopped by the court.

She refused to tell any thing about the orgie of the Ghost Dance beyond the fact that she had been proclaimed by the members of the order to be the Virgin Mary.

Pending an interview with the woman’s husband, and consideration by the court as to the disposal of her case, she was sent to the guard house, to which she walked with the air of a theatrical martyr. The last case tried by the court for the day was that of an Indian who blonged on the Rosebud reservation, and was wandering around among the Indians of Standing Rock without a pass from the Rosebud agent or commission from the agent at Standing Rock. He was supposed to be the bearer of messages from the Indians of the Rosebud Agency relative to the coming of the Messiah, and when arraigned before the court and questioned as to his mission he explained that his wife belonged to the Standing Rock Agency, and that he went to the Rosebud agent and requested a pass to go visiting his wife’s relatives, but that the agent refused to give him permission. Then he concluded he would come to Standing Rock to live, and he wished to be taken upon Major McLaughlin’s list. He was questioned as to his belief in the coming of the Messiah, and it was found that he not only believed that the Messiah was coming and that he would bring with him the buffalo, but he would also have the power to furnish each Indian with a spring wagon by the mostion of his hand. This man was sent to the guard house to be confined until morning, when he was to be taken to the line between the two agencies, and, after being warned not to return, was to be turned loose upon his own reservation.

Chief Gall treated the matter very seriously and said to a reporter: “I listen. Since this excitement has come upon my people I sit and listen and wonder if these things can be possible. When they tell me that the buffalo are coming back and that there is to be a resurrection of our fathers I shake my head. They tell me that the Messiah can make spring wagons with a motion of his hand. I think this can not be. But sometimes I think of the wonderful things which white men believe in their religion, and I am not so sure that these Indians are wrong. I went to the office of a St. Paul paper and talked through a machine to some one a long way off, and since then I can not say that any thing is impossible. Your people believe that in the beginning of the world wonderful things were done by men; the Indians believe that in the future wonderful things may be done by men. It seems to me tha the Indians are not justly accused of being crazy, for believing that what has happened once may not happen again, I listen. But I take no part in the dance, and I do not lend my sanction to it. The Indians want the good old times, to most of them known only by tradition, without stopping to think how much better they are situated now than if the Government were to withdraw its support. Yesterday 140 cattle were killed here and distributed among the people. This shows to me that the Government does not want the Indians to starve.”

Jack Wilson, the prophet formerly known as Wovoka, was believed to have had a vision during a solar eclipse on January 1, 1889. It was reportedly not his first time experiencing a vision directly from God; but as a young adult, he claimed that he was then better equipped, spiritually, to handle this message. Jack had received training from an experienced holy man under his parents’ guidance after they realized that he was having difficulty interpreting his previous visions. Jack was also training to be a “weather doctor”, following in his father’s footsteps. He was known throughout Mason Valley as a gifted and blessed young leader. Preaching a message of universal love, he often presided over circle dances, which symbolized the sun’s heavenly path across the sky.
Anthropologist James Mooney conducted an interview with Wilson prior to 1892. Mooney confirmed that his message matched that given to his fellow aboriginal Americans. This study compared letters between tribes. Wilson said he stood before God in heaven and had seen many of his ancestors engaged in their favorite pastimes. God showed Wilson a beautiful land filled with wild game and instructed him to return home to tell his people that they must love each other, not fight, and live in peace with the whites. God also stated that the people must work, not steal or lie, and that they must not engage in the old practices of war or the traditional self-mutilation practices connected with mourning the dead. God said that if his people abided by these rules, they would be united with their friends and family in the other world.
In God’s presence, there would be no sickness, disease, or old age. Wilson was given the Ghost Dance and commanded to take it back to his people. He preached that if the five-day dance was performed in the proper intervals, the performers would secure their happiness and hasten the reunion of the living and deceased. Wilson said that God gave him powers over the weather and that he would be the deputy in charge of affairs in the western United States, leaving current President Harrison as God’s deputy in the East. Jack claims that he was then told to return home and preach God’s message.

The Rosebud Indian Reservation (RIR) is an Indian reservation in South Dakota, United States. It is the home of the federally recognized Sicangu Oyate (the Upper Brulé Sioux Nation) – also known as Sicangu Lakota, and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (RST), a branch of the Lakota people. The Lakota name Sicangu Oyate translates into English as “Burnt Thigh Nation”; the French term “Brulé Sioux” is also used.
The Rosebud Indian Reservation was established in 1889 by the United States’ partition of the Great Sioux Reservation. Created in 1868 by the Treaty of Fort Laramie, the Great Sioux Reservation originally covered all of West River, South Dakota (the area west of the Missouri River), as well as part of northern Nebraska and eastern Montana. The reservation includes all of Todd County, South Dakota and communities and lands in the four adjacent counties, which had at one time been entirely part of the reservation.

Born in present-day South Dakota around 1840, Gall was said to receive his nickname after eating the gall of an animal killed by a neighbor.[3] He grew to be a giant of a man weighing close to 300 pounds.

He was recognized as an accomplished warrior during his late teens and became a war chief in his twenties.[4] Leading the Lakota in their long war against the United States, he served with Sitting Bull during several battles, including the famous Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.

Grass led his warriors at the 1873 battle of Massacre Canyon in Nebraska, in which a Lakota war party attacked a group of Pawnee on a buffalo hunt. A monument commemorating the event, one of the last large battles between Native American tribes in the United States, was placed near the site of the canyon. Carved upon the 35-foot granite obelisk is the face of John Grass, slightly higher and opposite the carving of Ruling His Son’s face, a Pawnee chief also at the battle that day.[4]

During the time of the Ghost Dance movement and the Wounded Knee Massacre, Grass advocated peace with the United States, which did not earn him the respect of many Hunkpapa leaders. Chief White Bull described Grass as: “A good talker… not a thinker or a smart man… could always say yes but never no.”[1]

John Grass, Mato Watakpe or Charging Bear (1836–May 10, 1918) was a chief of the Sihasapa (Blackfeet) band of Lakota people during the 1870s through 1890s.[1] He fought at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana.

Rose of the World Abbey




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The Annals of the Four Masters states that Fenagh was, “celebrated for its divinity school, which was resorted to by students from every part of Europe”.

Much legend is attached to the area, a number of standing stones in the surrounding countryside were said to represent the petrified bodies of druids who tried to expel St Caillín. Nineteen Gaelic kings are also said to be buried in the graveyard.

On this day, January 25, 2o17, I declare all ecological organizations around the world to be members of the Rose of the World Abbey which will be registered as a World Religion, and thus know the protection all religions enjoy in the United States. I invite all world religions to contribute evidence, nature, and the planet itself, along with the stars in heaven, are The Base of most religions.


Annually since July 2, 1654, thousands of people have journeyed to Telgte, Germany, in a pilgrimage in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The object of reflection is the pieta (a subject in Christian art depicting the Virgin Mary cradling the crucified body of Jesus, most often found in sculpture) in Our Lady of Grace Chapel, Telgte. Bishop Christoph Bernard von Galen gave approval for the Franciscan Friars to lead pilgrims from Muenster and Warendorf to Telgte, Germany, in 1654 and selected July 2 because of its liturgical significance of the Feast of the Visitation – when Mary visited her cousin, Elizabeth.
Pieta of Telgte history
A legend asserts that a boy saw a vision of Mary in the linden tree at the entrance to Telgte and heard her say “Bring my image to the people”. He carved the statue of poplar wood around 1370, and it was paid for by a man from Luebeck, Ludeke Dynninck. Before Our Lady of Grace Chapel was built by Bishop Bernhard von Galen in the 1650s, the pieta was displayed in St. Clement’s church cemetery. (In 1991, when the pieta was scheduled to be refurbished, it was examined by a CT scan and it was discovered that relics from Jerusalem had been placed, date unknown, in the heads of Mary and Jesus.)
Telgte is famous for this annual Pilgrimage, the second largest pilgrimage in Germany, and the village welcomes thousands of pilgrims throughout the summer. Records indicate that approximately 40,000 pilgrims visit Telgte annually, and more than 8,000 people participate in the Telgte pilgrimage.
Foundation Day – Hospital Sisters of St. Francis
Many pilgrims to Our Lady of Grace Chapel may not realize that it was in this Chapel on July 2, 1844, that Father Christopher Bernsmeyer, pastor of nearby St. Clement Church, officially welcomed young women as Sisters to the Third Order, which constituted the founding of the Community of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis….165 years ago. What a beautiful testatment that on July 2, 1844, while thousands of pilgrims were in Telgte, this solemn moment of the founding of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis occurred before the Pieta of Telgte.
The Hospital Sisters of St. Francis have a strong devotion to Our Sorrowful Mother that originates from the foundation on July 2, 1844. For example, 100 years later, a shrine to Our Sorrowful Mother was designed in our St. Francis of Assisi Church, Springfield, and on July 2, 1994, a replica of the Pieta of Telgte was displayed on the Motherhouse grounds here in Springfield. The pieta is a gift from the Generalate on the 150th anniversary of the founding of the International Congregation.
Your invitation to become a pilgrim
We invite you to be united with us during July in some form of pilgrimage. Together, may our prayers to Our Sorrowful Mother be united as a Franciscan family.

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  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    I am going to Jerusalem – in spirit!

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