Mother Benedicta Bauer

Mother Benedicta BauerAlso known as

  • Maria Anna Bauer


Fourth of six children born to John Michael Bauer, a blacksmith, and Anna Margaret Klotzl; only three of the children survived to adulthood, and one of her brothers became a priest. Maria joined the Dominicans at the Holy Cross convent in Ratisbon, Germany on 2 July 1820, taking the name Sister Benedict de Deo; she made her profession on 15 October 1822.

She served as a school teacher. Prior of the convent in 1845. Missionary in German-speaking areas of the modern states of New Jersey, California, Missouri, Tennessee, Ohio, Wisconsin, New York, Washington and Kansas. Founded the Congregation of Saint Catherine of Siena in Racine, Wisconsin in 1862.



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MLA Citation

  • “Mother Benedicta Bauer“. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 November 2019. Web. 24 February 2021. <>