Blessed Blandina Merten

Blessed Blandina MertenAlso known as

  • Maria Magdalena Merten
  • Blandine of the Sacred Heart
  • Blandina del Sacro Cuore



After graduating from the Marienau Institute of Teaching, Maria taught in several Catholic elementary schools in the Trier, Germany region. She was known for her special care to the children of the poor, helping them however she could, and ensuring their active lives in the parish. Feeling a call to religious life, Maria joined the Ursulines of Calvarienberg-Ahrweiler, taking the name Blandine of the Sacred Heart and making her perpetual vows on 4 November 1913. As the Ursulines are a teaching order, Sister Blandine returned to teaching and added religious education, and served as a catechist. Assigned to Saarbrücken, Germany in 1916, she soon developed incurable tuberculosis. She was transferred to Trier for treatment and a better climate, continued to teach when she was strong enough, and effectively lived her last two years in the house infirmary where she spent her time in prayer.






Jesus and I are so close. Blessed Blandine discussing her suffering not long before she died

For me everything is heaven. I want to live on earth as if there were only God and me. I want to love God more than anyone else has ever loved him. Blessed Blandine

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Blandina Merten“. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 May 2021. Web. 1 December 2021. <>