"Put your trust in God and then you won't be so sad."
Sister Bonifacia's mom repeated this line to her in the years after her father died, leaving her and her mom. She was only six at the time.
Many years later she left Germany when the German government (led by Otto von Bismark) passed laws that prevented religious orders to teach. Mother Pauline (who later visited Westphalia and later became a saint) encouraged the Sisters not to give up.
Soon after, Sr. Bonifacia left Germany; she traveled to Pennsylvania and Minnesota before continuing on to St. Mary, Westphalia. There's much more to her story!! Read it by clicking the button below.
In 2016, Sergeant Martin John Rademacher joined us to tell the story of his 19 years of life. In those years, he delivered milk, worked for Ed Witgen, played baseball and eventually made his way to Europe, where he was a B24 Liberator tail gunner during World War II. He was part of 26 missions before dying for his country.
Read about his story by clicking the link below.
Where did kids get bologna for their lunches?
What age did he apply for US citizenship and why?
What age did Mathias open the meat market?
Why was he open Sundays but not Fridays?
Presented by his grandson, Tom Manning, Mathias Belen "joined" us for the 2017 Cemetery Walk. Find the answers to these questions and more by clicking on the button below.
Marie Bengel came to Westphalia, Michigan on Memorial Day in 1948. Prior to that she had been a forced member of Hitler Youth, fled the Russians, been a refugee and married Julius Bengel in 1947.
She flourished in her life in the US, learning English and just about anything else she could find to learn. In her "words", "Everything piqued my interest. Germans are known for their hard work ethic and I was no exception."
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