The Sisters of the Redeemer is an international Congregation, with communities in the United States, Germany and Tanzania. Our Motherhouse is located in Wurzburg, Germany.
The Daughters of the Divine Redeemer were founded in 1849 by the Venerable Alphonse Maria Eppinger in Alsace-Lorraine, France. As the Congregation grew, the Daughters of the Divine Redeemer were asked to minister throughout Europe, including in Wurzburg, Germany. With travel to the Motherhouse in France becoming increasingly difficult, and other challenging circumstances, the Sisters became an independent Congregation known as the Daughters of the Most Holy Redeemer and today, the Sisters of the Redeemer. June 2016 marked the 150th Anniversary of the Sisters’ official recognition as an independent Congregation.
The Sisters and their partners in mission in Germany serve the needs of others through:
- Hospital ministry
- Refugee ministry
- Faith formation of children and adults
- Soup kitchens
- Spiritual companionship
In 1956, the Bishop of Wurzburg, Germany recommended that the Sisters of the Redeemer mission Sisters to Tanzania following a request for their presence by the German Bendictines. In 1957, Sister Ernesta Huth became the first Holy Redeemer Sister missioned to Africa. The following year, additional Sisters accompanied Sister Ernesta and the first community was opened in Luagala, Tanzania. Today, the Sisters of the Redeemer are in 7 areas in Tanzania.
The Sisters and their partners in mission in Tanzania serve those who are poor and disadvantaged through the following ministries:
- Montessori teaching schools
- Health centers for children and adults
- Vocational training centers for women
- Parish work
This work is largely supported through the generosity of benefactors in the United States and Germany.