Maria Hueber was born May 22, 1653, in Brixen. She was raised under very simple conditions. She
was the youngest of the five children of Nikolaus and Anna Tapp. Soon after her birth, her father went to the frontier and never returned.

At a very young age, Maria was already assisting her mother in sewing in order to provide for their livelihood. It was not long before she left her parents' home to work as a nanny in Bozen and later as a housemaid in Brixen, Innsbruck and Salzburg. During this time she underwent tribulations which she bore patiently and served with great dedication.

She had an intimate relationship with God, was sensitive to the needs of the times and sought to recognize and fulfill the will of God without delay.

She later returned to Brixen and cared for her sick and elderly mother—a ministry she continued through to her mother's death.

Impressed by the Franciscan way of life, she joined the Third Order Regular of Saint Francis and professed her vows publicly in the Church of the Poor Clares. From then on, she wore the penitential dress of the Third Order."

Maria was endowed with the gift of prophecy. In 1683 she prophesized that the Turks would be defeated September 12 in Vienna. She also prophesized the impending death of Bishop Paulinus Mayr of Brixen.
Due to these prophecies, it was alleged that she was a witch. Consequently, she was summoned and interrogated by the administrative authority of the diocese. However, after a thorough examination she was released.

After the death of her mother in 1696, Maria Hueber returned to the house of the noble lady Catherine of Enzenberg and lived a peaceful life.

During his stay in Rome Father. Isidor Kirnigl met a community of sisters dedicated to the teaching of poor girls. Upon his return, he shared the experience with Maria, who received this news with great enthusiasm, and started the first free girls' school in Tyrol in 1700 in Brixen.

Together with her companion, Regina Pfurner, Maria started living a religious life according to the Rule of the Third Order, thus laying the foundation for the Congregation of the Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis.

Maria died on July 31, 1705, after severe suffering. Because of her holiness, she was buried at the side entrance of the Church of the Poor Clares in Brixen.

"Since then, the memory of this extraordinary woman has not faded. Her influence keeps growing and her exceptional position is being appreciated in the Church in a new way." (Bishop Wilhelm Egger,Bozen-Brixen)

The process of obtaining information for the beatification of our Mother Foundress from the Diocese of Bozen-Brixen was carried out from 1996 to 1998. The beatification process is currently on-going in Rome.
On March 19, 2019, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, authorized the congregation for the causes of saints to promulgate the decree concerning the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Maria Hueber, thus declaring her venerable.

For the beatification of Maria Hueber, we still need a clear miracle, which must be confirmed by the Vatican after thorough examination.
Kindly send testimonies of prayers answered through the intercession of Maria Hueber to: maria-paula@tiscali.it

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