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Maria Anna Brunner
     
 
Foundress - Sisters of the Precious Blood

The Sisters of the Precious Blood were founded by a creative Swiss woman, Maria Anna Brunner. A married woman and the mother of six, Maria Anna had a deep love for the Eucharist and for the poor, especially orphans. In 1834, after her husband died and her children became independent, Maria Anna realized her life work was still not completed.

Maria Anna, then 68 years old, experienced an unusual calling from God and dared to say "Yes." Women were attracted to her life of adoration of the Eucharist, reconciliation, simplicity, and outreach to the poor. These women joined her in that total dedication to the Precious Blood.

Mother Brunner died in 1836, but she had begun a second family and the work of this family was to continue and spread. In 1844 several Sisters came to America and from that beginning the Congregation of the Sisters of the Precious Blood has spread.

Her son, the first member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood not from Italy, also became its first missionary to the new world, bringing the community to the United States in 1843.





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