Beginning with the Ursuline convent of Graz in Austria, which is given as an example of the many foundations in German-speaking countries and areas, this essay traces the rough outlines of the historical development of the Federation of German-speaking Ursulines.
From the beginning in Liège, Belgium, where a convent was founded in 1614 and shaped after the model of the congregated Ursulines of Milan, the road leads to Cologne in Germany, where the charismatic M. Augustina von Heers laid a foundation stone for many Ursuline convents to come.
Another branch came from Macon (1515), and, in the 19th century, there were convents that originated from the Congregation of Tildonk.
The essay also gives an impression of difficult times like secularization, Enlightenment and “Kulturkampf” (the struggle between the Catholic Church and the Prussian state 1871 – 87), and of course World War II.
A brief overview of the post-war period and the developments after the Second Vatican Council finally leads up to today’s situation, its problems, questions and chances.