Sr Margaretha Holfelder
And this is the story
of the German symbol: After the 1973 Chapter, Sr. M. Regina Exenberger, in the
seventies province leader in South Germany, had asked Sr. Margaretha Holfelder,
a Cistercian nun in the abbey of Baden-Lichtenthal, where we also had a
community, to design a symbol for the province. Sr. Margaretha had a diploma as
gold and silver smith and was creating vessels for the liturgy. Sr. M. Regina
gave her ideas for our symbol, stemming from our spirituality: cross, staff,
and the hearts of Jesus and Mary. And Sr. Margaretha designed the symbol and
made the symbols for the South German province, which soon were adapted also by
the Rhine province and the Austrian province.
On July 18, 2009, Sr.
Margaretha Holfelder passed away. I am convinced that she will never forget the
wearers of her work of art. And we owe her our prayer and gratitude.