Blessed Maria Droste zu Vischering

Blessed Maria Droste zu VischeringAlso known as

  • Countess Droste zu Vischering
  • Maria Anna Johanna Franziska Theresia Antonia Huberta Droste zu Vischering
  • Maria of the Sacred Heart
  • Mary of the Divine Heart of Jesus
  • Maria vom Göttlichen Herzen



Born to the wealthy German nobility, she had a twin brother, Max, and pious parents, Klemens Heidenreich Franz Hubertus Eusebius Maria, the count Droste zu Vischering, and Helene Clementine Maria Anna Sybille Huberta Antonia, the countess of Galen, who were loyal to the Church during the period of the Kulturkampf persecution. Baptized on the day of her birth, she grew up in Darfeld Castle, in Rosendahl, Germany, dressing like a princess and playing like a tomboy. She was educated at home by a governess and begining in April 1879 at the school of the Sacré-Coeur Sisters in Riedenburg, Bavaria, Germany. There she began feeling a call to religious life. She began her novitiate in the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd at the convent in Münster, Germany on 21 November 1888; she received the habit on 10 January 1889, taking the name Maria vom Göttlichen Herzen (Mary of the Divine Heart). She became mother superior of the convent of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Porto, Portugal in 1896. Through her adult life she received visions and locutions from Jesus to promote devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Blessed Eucharist. She influenced Pope Leo XIII to make the consecration of the world to the Sacred Heart.





MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Maria Droste zu Vischering“. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 January 2022. Web. 25 January 2022. <>