In the footsteps of Maria Hueber, who was passionate about empowering young girls and responding to the signs and needs of the time, the Tertiary Sisters of Saint Francis of the Province of Brixen run two congregation-owned private schools, which are state-approved: a middle school in Mühlbach and a high school in Bozen. The directors and most of the teachers are lay collaborators who are familiar with the spirituality of the Tertiary Sisters and are guided by it.
The Province of Brixen also runs three homes for schoolgirls and university students. In Mühlbach there is a home for middle school girls; the convent in Sterzing has been made available for students of athletes. In Bozen there is a hostel for high school girls and university students.
We also have a private clinic in Bozen which offers various medical services.
The Province of Brixen has two large buildings in Grieserhof and the convent in Mühlbach available to the St. Elisabeth Foundation, a religiously motivated organization. It has been restructured and renovated and is used as a home for the elderly who have been left alone.
Two departments have also been opened in the Marienklinik for the care of the elderly. Caring for the elderly is a great challenge in this area because the flats are usually so small that parents and their children cannot live together. Since most young people are often obliged to work full time, the elderly are often left to fend for themselves. Hence, the Tertiary Sisters of the Province of Brixen take great care of the elderly to the extent possible.
Care for the refugees is also a great need of our time. The Tertiary Sisters are responding to this need as best as they can. Parts of convents have been converted into flats for refugees. For 20 years now, the Sisters in Brixen offer food services for the needy. Twenty to thirty people come for lunch and dinner every day.
Sr. Maria Paula Unterkalmsteiner