| By Chris Sushynski

St. Crescentia Hoess

’Finding Yourself’ by Finding God

Born Anna Hoess in 1682, she was raised devoutly by her parents Matthias and Lucia in Bavaria.

From an early age, Anna wanted to become a nun at the local Franciscan convent.  She was denied admittance, as her family did not have the customary dowry.  Her plight was heard by the Mayor of Kaufbeuren, who arranged for her acceptance.  She took the name, Maria Crescentia.

At first she was treated poorly by the sisters, who assigned her menial tasks.  Despite this, Maria always kept her cheerful spirit.  Eventually the sisters saw her leadership and wisdom and elected her Mother Superior.

Maria died even after disease and paralysis could not take away her joyful spirit.