The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century – Venerable Marie Theresia Haze of Liege

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A new instance in proof of the truth that purity and rectitude of intention are especially important in sanctity is the life of the Venerable Marie Theresia Haze of Liege. Great simplicity, unselfishness, and condescension to those under her, with a lofty nobility of sentiment, generous magnanimity, and unreserved dependence on God, were among the characteristic traits of this rare woman.

Bitter misfortune fell upon the family when the French revolutionaries invaded Belgium. The father, an official under the prince-bishop of Liege, died on their flight to Dusseldorf. The mother was able to recover only a part of the property; but with the devoted help of her five daughters was able to obtain a livelihood by manual labor. Marie Theresia aided by one of her sisters opened a little school. Its great success drew the attention of the clergy to the directress and the other parishes of the city desired similar beneficent institutions. It was thought best that the teachers should be united into a religious Congregation, and the realization of this plan was accomplished by a pious priest named Jean Habets and Marie Theresia Haze. The first profession of the Daughters of the Holy Cross – so the Congregation was named – took place on 8 September 1833. To school work the Sisters soon added works of charity. Germany, England, and the East Indies emulated Belgium in securing the Sisters of the Holy Cross for their cities. The rapid development of the Congregation and the great zeal of its members are to be ascribed in no small measure to the prudent and gentle direction of Mother Marie Theresia. She governed the Congregation until her death on 7 January 1876, when she was nearly ninety-four years of age. Her enlightenment in the principles of the spiritual life and the unbounded confidence every one had in her were truly wonderful. In 1911, the Church published the decree approving her heroic virtue.

MLA Citation

  • Father Constantine Kempf, SJ. “Venerable Marie Theresia Haze of Liege”. The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century: Saintly Men and Women of Our Own Times, 1916. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 March 2018. Web. 19 September 2018. <>