Protestant Sisterhoods, As They Exist In Germany, And As They May Be Organized In The United States -- By: Francis Wharton

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 028:109 (Jan 1871)
Article: Protestant Sisterhoods, As They Exist In Germany, And As They May Be Organized In The United States
Author: Francis Wharton


Protestant Sisterhoods, As They Exist In Germany, And As
They May Be Organized In The United States

Rev. Francis Wharton

On the 13th of September 1860, the Deaconess Institution at Kaiserswerth celebrated its thirty-third anniversary. Among the remarkable facts stated at the meetings, we take this occasion to mention the following:

1: On the 23d and 24th of the previous September was held the third General Conference of the various mother institutions. Of these (forty-two in number) twenty-nine were represented, including delegations not merely from all parts of Germany, but from England, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France, Switzerland, and the Levant. By the reports presented it appeared that during the preceding three years ten new sisterhoods had been organized, and 500 sisters had been added; the total number at the time of the summary being 2106: These sisters were engaged in 520 distinct stations, being 143 more than reported at the prior triennial meeting.

2: In the line of new edifices the following are mentioned: A new and beautiful church at Kaiserswerth, where the sys-

tem was first planted, and where is now its largest and most flourishing home.

A new hospital at Alexandria. The old building used for this purpose had been for several years in such a condition that the safety of its inmates was greatly endangered. In the meantime active efforts had been instituted for a new edifice. Two sisters, in particular, had made large collections in England; and, though much was still wanted to put the building in complete order, yet full confidence was felt that the divine aid, which had heretofore been so bountiful, would not fail until the work was finished.

The institution at Berlin had been extended by the erection of a new and commodious hall.

In Serajewo, in Bosnia, a normal school for the instruction of Christian native teachers was provided with an excellent building; and it was on the eve of being occupied by sisters who had been temporarily residing in Pesth in order to acquire the language. As an illustration of the hold that this institution was gaining on the public mind, it was mentioned that the Turkish Governor General had largely contributed to its support.

A new and adequate asylum for the homeless was in the process of erection at Brandenburg.

In Smyrna, principally through English aid, a new orphan house was building, and funds for a Protestant hospital were to be forthcoming as soon as an adequate number of sisters could be secured.

3: The Kaiserswerth Institution, which, as the first and most widely extended, we select as a ...

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