Saint Verena Bütler

picture of Mother Maria Bernarda Bütler; the original is in the Provincial House of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of Switzerland; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Maria Bernarda of the Holy Heart of Mary



Fourth of eight children born to a family of farmers; baptized on the day she was born and made her First Communion on 16 April 1860. Known as a pious girl who early felt a call to religous life and had a devotion to the Eucharist. She became engaged, but broke it off to follow religious life, and tried to enter the Sisters of the Holy Cross of Menzingen in 1866; she soon returned home to pray and discern her true vocation. Joined the Franciscan Capuchin nuns at the convent Mary Help of Sinners in Altstätten, Switzerland on 12 November 1867, taking the name Maria Bernarda of the Holy Heart of Mary, and making her solemn profession on 4 October 1871. Novice mistress. Superior of her house on three occassions. Missionary to Ecuador in 1888, working in an area with no relgious resources. Founded the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Mary, Help of Christians to help with the work, and served as its leader to 30 years. Exiled from Ecuador in 1895 during an antiCatholic revolution, she and her sisters moved their base of operations to Colombia. Today the Sisters continue their work in schools, colleges, kindergartens, hospitals, nursing homes in Switzerland, Colombia, Brazil, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy and some African countries.






Additional Information


The Holy Spirit taught me to adore, praise, bless and give thanks to Jesus in the tabernacle at all times, even at work and in real life. – Blessed Verena

My guide, my star, is the Gospel. – Blessed Verena

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Verena Bütler“. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 December 2019. Web. 20 April 2021. <>