Called By God


Mother Alexia and Mother Alfons

Foundresses Mother Alexia and Mother Alfons

In 1873, three young women—Emma Franziska (Mother Alexia) Hoell, Paulina (Mother Alfons) Schmid, and Helena (Sister Clara) Seiter—were called by God to establish a Franciscan religious community that would care for people in need. They left their ten-member community, ministering at an orphanage in Schwarzach, Germany, and sailed to America. They settled in New Cassel (now Campbellsport) Wisconsin. Their dream was to help immigrants with a large religious community that would meet the needs of the Church.