Father Theodosius Florentini
Here you can find an article about Father Theodosius from Sr Maria Crucis Doka, January 2015
Father Theodosius made study possible for Maria Anna and he nurtured in her the vision for the future.
Father Theodosius was personality of the 19th Century. He was well known and highly respected, feared and loved, restlessly active to renew social works in the spirit of the Church.
He recognised and understood the signs of his time
In one of his sermons of 31st of December 1853 he spoke of the: "universal sickness of society"; namely the specific signs of the time: religious indifference, irreligiosity, lack of faith, immorality, materialism, an inner worldly humanity, a merely rational attention to the sick and the poor, the consequences of work in factories. In all these he recognised a challenge for the Church.
In the first place it should be religious who would agitate. They should walk ahead and prepare the way for the Church among the people. This they should do through Christian education.
Father Theodosius was urged on by an unheard of optimism. This optimism was grounded in an unlimited trust in God and trust in fellow-human beings.
His wide vision, his organisational talent and his tremendous personal commitment gave rise to the titles:
- Apostle of charity and social reformer
- Reformer of the Catholic Church
- Inspirer to new works of the church
- Founder of religious orders
- Reformer of elementary schools, educator of youth
- Renowned speaker and preacher
- Committed pastor, solicitor for workers
Biography of Father Theodosius Florentini 1808 – 1865
|1808||23 May born in Münster, Graubünden|
|1815 - 1825||Studies in Münster, Taufers, Bozen, Stans, Baden and Chur|
|1825||Entrance into the noviciate of the Capuchins in Sitten|
|1831 - 1838||Novice-master in Solothurn and Baden|
|1838 - 1841||Guardian in Baden, Director of the Sisters of the Coronation of Our Lady|
|1841||Father Theodosius convicted for incitement, fled to Alsace, practised as teacher in the school of Altdorf and Stans, wrote books.|
|1844||Profession of the first Holy Cross Sisters, opening of the first school for girls in Menzingen.|
|1845 - 1858||Dean at the Cathedral of Chur, |
other activities: preaching of missions for people in Switzerland, retreats, highly appreciated preacher and speaker in Switzerland and abroad
|1856||Ingenbohl becomes the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Mercy|
|1860 - 1865||Vicar General in Chur |
Editor of numerous papers, founder of the Association of Catholic Libraries in the catholic part of Switzerland, opening of factories
|1863||1863 Father Theodosius speaks at the Day of the Catholic gathering in Frankfurt, Germany about the problems and their solutions in connection with workers.|
|1865||15 February: Father Theodosius died on a journey|