St Maria Bernarda (Verena) Butler – Feast Day – May 19

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St Maria Bernarda Butler, also known Maria Verena Butler was the founder of the Congregation of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Mary, Help of Christians. She was born on May 28 1848 in Auw, Aargau, Switzerland and died on May 19 1924 in Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia at the age of 75. We celebrate her feast day on May 19 every year in the Catholic Church.

The Memorial of St. Verena Bütler – Feast Day

St Verena Butler Biography

Date of Birth

May 28 1848

Place of Birth

Auw, Aargau, Switzerland

Matrimony/Holy Orders

Saints who were Nuns/Sisters



Place of Work


Date of Death

May 19 1924

Place of Death

Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Feast Day

May 19


Beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 29 1995


Canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 12 2008


  • Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
  • Missionaries

Saint’s Biography

Saint Verena Bütler was born into a family of wealthy farmers in Auw, Aargau, Switzerland. In 1868, Verena joined the nuns of the Capuchins at the convent of Maria Hilf in Altstätten, of which she was elected superior in 1880.

In 1888 she went on a mission to Ecuador where she founded the Franciscan Congregation missionaries of Mary Help of Christians, whose vocation is both educational and charitable.

Forced to flee the country because of a revolution, in 1895 she found refuge in Cartagena, Colombia.

Today the congregation continue their work in schools, colleges, kindergartens, hospitals, and nursing homes in Switzerland, Colombia, Brazil, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy, and some African countries.

She died on May 19 1924 in Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia of natural causes.

Saint Verena Bütler
Saint Verena Bütler

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