St. Lioba
St Lioba
Lioba (born 710 - died 28.9-782) descended from an Anglo-Saxon family living in the kingdom of Wessex in England. She entered the convent at Wimborne and from there she was called to her uncle St Boniface in Gemany to help him in mis- sionary work. In his Rule, St Benedict emphasises unity in word and deed, for Lioba this became her guideline through life. Boniface entrusted the management of the convent Bischofsheim, by the river Tauber, to Lioba.
St Rudolf of Fulda writes about Lioba:
Full of love she looked after children and families in need. Lioba was always careful not to try to teach others anything, she did not follow herself. Her speech was pleasing, her spirit bright and her energy great. Her faith was all-powerful, her hope was full of great patience and her love was directed towards her neighbour.
St. Benedikt
We live according to the Rule of St Benedic

St Benedict lived in Nursia in the 6th century. He is the patron saint of Europe. He wrote a Rule that is still valid today nearly 1500 years later. It is the basis of the community life which throughout the centuries has led people to God. The main requirement for the individual person is:

"To seek God in all things and to serve Him in all people"

How can one seek to realise this in the daily round? The main emphasis is on "ORA ET LABORA", pray and work It is a matter of bringing both parts into mutual harmony, so that God is glorified in all things.Life in a convent consists of praising God, the joint prayers of the Liturgy of the Hours, personal prayer, meditation, intercession for other people and apostolic work. In Chapter 31 of his Rule, Saint Benedict states that the vessels and domestic utensils of the convent must be handled as if they were holy altar vessels, and this care taken with all things gives the opportunity to save money. This, together with a simple way of life, makes it possible to contribute from the convent's surplus to the social and charitable work of the Church.The fundamental attitude in our work, whether of the one kind or the other, is expressed in the motto of the order:

The Benedictines of Saint Lioba.
 St Lioba's meeting with Bishop Boniface.
The federation of the Benedictines of St Lioba was founded in 1920 by Maria Benedikta Föhrenbach, as a congregation in Freiburgi Breisgau in Southern Germany.

The idea of establishing the order goes back to the years after the First World War, when she saw the need into which families had sunk because of the war. She chose St Lioba as the patron saint of the Order. The congregation was recognised by Canon Law in 1927. In 1935 the Order was called to Denmark and founded a convent in Copenhagen. The congregation was reorganised in 1969 as a federation with independent priorates. Today we have convents in Germany, India, Austria and Denmark
The founder of the Benedictines of St Lioba.
Mother Maria Benedikta Föhrenbach.

          Monk within - apostle without.

"The essential in all Christian life is responsiveness to the will of the Father (Ausculta). St Benedict sees the convent as "a school in the service of the Lord", where one learns this responsiveness "under the guidance of the Gospel". Thus the individual grows ever deeper into the mystery of Jesus Christ praising the glory of God (Eph. chapter 1. verse 6, 12, 14) and opens ever more to the Holy Spirit of God's love. From this inner life grows readiness to meet fellow human beings, also in spiritual and in material need, and openness to all the apostolic tasks of the Church."

(The spiritual testament of Mother Maria Benedikta).

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